Robert H. Bell, Sole Owner and Operator, Funeral Director, Embalmer
E-mail: [email protected]
I am a 5th Generation Funeral Director/Embalmer here at Austin & Bell and purchased the business in 2007. I was born and raised in Springfield and came back to work in the family business in 1986. I came back to work for good in 1988 after graduation from Mortuary School. I am honored to own this business and feel a real need to honor those who came before me. I am not just an owner but a steward of Austin & Bell. I hope I can make a difference in the lives of the ones we serve. "Putting Families First" is our motto because that is the reason each one of us is here.
Tim Nicholson, General Manager of Operations, Manager of Pleasant View Location, Funeral Director and Embalmer
Tim is the General Manager of Austin & Bell Funeral Homes. He was born in Springfield and raised in Pleasant View. "These two places- Springfield/Robertson County and Pleasant View- are very special to me. I have many family and friends in Pleasant View and all of my mother's family lives in Robertson County. I consider both places home."
Tim earned a Bachelor's degree from Austin Peay State Univeristy and graduated from John A. Gupton College in Nashville, where he received his degree in funeral service. He is a licensed funeral director and licensed embalmer and is active in Springfield/ Robertson County and Pleasant View communities.
Tim says, "I can't imagine not being in funeral servcie. Our profession is a "calling"- not a job. Helping people in their darkest hour is an honor and a privilege for me." Outside of funeral service and community involvement, his only hobby is his family- wife, Bev, and two young sons, Noah and Micah.
Bill Manley, Funeral Direct and Embalmer at our Springfield Location
Bill is a liscenced funeral director and extremely skilled in the art of embalming. He is the Manager of our preparation facility and has been in this position since he became a part of the Austin & Bell family. He has been in the funeral business since 1985.
Bill is a graduate of John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science. He is also a graduate of Nashville State, with a degree in Banking and Finance.
Bill is originally from Nashville, TN and member of Harpeth Hills Church of Christ. He enjoys music and playing guitar, while being at home with his family.
Sean Patterson, Funeral Director, NFDA Certified Preplanning Consultant, After Care Specialist and Notary
Mobile: (615) 668.9241
Sean has almost 30 years of experience in every aspect of the funeral industry. She is a licensed funeral director and pre-need specialist.
Sean has spent the majority of her career educating people about the importance of preplanning.
Sean works for our Springfield, Greenbrier, Pleasant View and White House locations
Ralph Toothman, Funeral Director, Death Certificates at our Springfield Location
Ralph is a 2nd generation funeral director with Austin & Bell. Ralph has been with our firm for almost 9 years.
He is a 1976 graduate of Goodpasture High School. Ralph is an associate graduate of Freed-Hardeman University, and a graduate of Austin Peay State University with a bachelors degree in Animal Science.
Ralph is married to his wife Kathleen of 25 years, and has 3 beautiful daughters, Sarah, Jane, and Leah (Husband Josh Lyons), who is also expecting their first child.
Ralph is a member of the Robertson County Education Association, the Tennessee Education Association, and the National Education Association. He also serves as an Elder for the Hillcrest Church of Christ in Springfield, TN.
In his spare time, Ralph enjoys raising New Zealand White Rabbits, listening to country music, and spending time with his family.
Gene Brown, Funeral Director, Funeral Assistant at our Springfield location
Gene says that he has always had a passion in helping people.
Dee Cope, Funeral Assistant, Visitation at our Springfield location
Maxine Hester, Funeral Assistant, Visitation at our Springfield location
Ken Toothman, Funeral Assistant, Visitation at our Springfield location
Kim Whitworth, Funeral Director Apprentice, Visitation at our Pleasant View location
Kim is a retired Postmaster of 34 years with the USPS. He loves golfing and spending lots of time with his granddaughters. He currently attends New Hope Free Will Baptist Church.
He has been married to his lovely wife, Lori, for 37 years and they have 2 daughters, Jessica and Emily, and 2 beautiful granddaughters, Anna and Lilly.
Kim began working for Austin & Bell in 2016 and enjoys ministering to those that are going through the difficult time with the death of their family member. He is currently an apprentice and going to college to get his funeral director license.Kim is looking forward to many years with the Austin & Bell family. He says, "They are the best folks to work with."
Betty Ezell, Funeral Assistant, Visitation at our Pleasant View location
Betty has been a part of the Austin and Bell family since 2013.
Don Dungan, Funeral Assistant, Visitation at our Pleasant View location
Don has been a part of the Austin and Bell family since 2010.
Cindi Milam, Funeral Director, Funeral Home Manager at our White House location
It has been my desire to be in funeral service since I was a young girl. I continued to have a desire to meet the needs of grieving families and wanted to attend Mortuary College. My parents could not afford for me to come to Nashville, and it seemed my dream would never become a reality. I married, had children, and realized after they started school, that my dream was within my reach. I no longer lived in Chattanooga but close enough to Nashville to drive to school daily. I graduated from John A. Gupton in 2001 with an Associates degree and am licensed as a Tennessee Funeral Director and Embalmer.
I married Jim Milam in 1985 and together we have 2 children, Caroline and James. We have lived and served in White House since 1988. We are members at Holiday Heights Baptist Church, where Jim serves as chairman of the deacons and I serve as pianist. I served as the Executive Director of the Cemetery Association of Tennessee in 2003 and currently serve as chairman of the Hillcrest Cemetery Board in White House.
I started working with the Austin & Bell family in 2004, as the office manager at the Springfield location. I began as office manager and funeral director at the White House location in 2016. I am now fulfilling yet another dream, being a funeral home manager. I am so very grateful for the honor of serving as manager of the White House location. I am very humbled by the trust that Bob Bell has placed in me. I will strive every day to meet the needs of the grieving families in our community with care, love, compassion and respect that all of our families deserve. We try and treat every family like our own family. It is truly a blessing to work for a family owned company and for a man like Bob Bell, who shares the same values and love for serving families that I do. I am always here to help you or to answer any questions that you might have.
Homer Wright, Funeral Assistant at our White House location
Jon Justice, Funeral Director, Manager at our Greenbrier location
Jon has been in the funeral business 11 years. He became a part of the Austin and Bell family in 2015. He has a passion for this profession because it is an extension of his ministry. He is married to his wife, Virginia, with whom he has a daughter and three grandkids.
Ray Mayo, Funeral Assistant, Visitation at our Greenbrier location
Tom Bowers, Manager of our Hendersonville Location, Funeral Director and Embalmer
Tom has proudly been a part of this honorable profession for almost 50 years. He began his career working at his uncle’s funeral home at the age of 15. He is a graduate of MTSU and Gupton College of Mortuary Science. In 1988, he was appointed, by then Governor Ned McWhirter, to a committee to help establish laws for cremation in the State of Tennessee. He is a proud Past-President of the Tennessee Funeral Directors Association. He has taken over as manager of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home and Cremation Service now open in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Tom has been a part of the Hendersonville community for over 40 years, being active in the Parks Program, Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce, Morning Rotary Club, Sertoma Club and Past-President of the HHS Quarterback Club.
Barbara Bowers, Family Services, Advanced Planning at our Hendersonville Location
Email: [email protected]
Barbara has over 14 years of experience in the funeral industry. She is a Licensed Pre-Need Specialist and Registered Apprentice Funeral Director. She has made Hendersonville her home for over 30 years.
Gary Ferrell, Visitation Staff
I moved to Hendersonville with my wife and two children in 1969. In my career of being a pastor, I have had the honor of serving five churches. The last church I pastored at was First Assembly of God off of Walter Ferry Road here in Hendersonville. I retired pastoring due to my wife falling ill in 2001. I became the first Chaplin of the Hendersonville police department in 1978 and am still currently today serving as the Chaplin. I know many people in Hendersonville and have for several years. I am still very involved in police matters and am active to be a servant and give services whenever or wherever I can.
Mike Ward, Visitation Staff
Bob Snodgrass, Funeral Home Assistant
Robert E. (Bob) Snodgrass has been a Minister in the Church of the Nazarene since 1964. He has served as a Chaplain for the "Civil Air Patrol". "Raleigh County (WV) Sheriff's Department" and Hospice of Tennessee. He taught 17 years as an adjunct Professor for Trevecca Nazarene University. Bob and Joyce were married in 1966. They have three children and eleven grandchildren.
Todd L Yates, Crematory Manager/Funeral Director/Embalmer, Hendersonville location
Todd is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He is our company’s Crematory Manager/Operator. Todd is a 1989 graduate of East Mississippi Junior College and holds his Associate of Applied Science degree in Mortuary Science.
Todd lives in Gallatin, but is originally from Nashville, and was raised in Kingsport, TN and is a 1985 graduate of Sullivan South High School in Kingsport.
Outside of funeral service, Todd works with the event/security staff at Nissan Stadium and also runs the clock and scoreboard for Gallatin High School Varsity football.
Todd married his wife Leslie in 1998, and they have 2 sons, Hunter and Carson. Todd is a member of Gallatin First Baptist Church where he also serves as a Deacon.
In his spare time, Todd enjoys traveling, and spending time with his family and friends.
Roger Briley, Funeral Assistant
Vertis Butler, Visitation Staff