Obituaries

Billy Basham
B: 1932-08-25
D: 2017-08-13
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Basham, Billy
Laura Prater
B: 1929-06-05
D: 2017-06-19
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Prater, Laura
Nicola Lewis
B: 1964-08-31
D: 2017-06-19
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Lewis, Nicola
Elizabeth Hill
B: 1956-02-15
D: 2017-06-15
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Hill, Elizabeth
Bernice Manuel
B: 1940-02-14
D: 2017-06-11
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Manuel, Bernice
Elizabeth Howard
B: 1958-07-03
D: 2017-06-10
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Howard, Elizabeth
Paul Boyd
B: 1974-11-03
D: 2017-06-06
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Boyd, Paul
Earl Hillis
B: 1942-03-03
D: 2017-05-29
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Hillis, Earl
Dewey Nelson
B: 1974-05-05
D: 2017-05-06
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Nelson, Dewey
Donna Meeks
B: 1969-06-11
D: 2017-05-04
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Meeks, Donna
Richard Jones
B: 1971-10-09
D: 2017-04-29
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Jones, Richard
Jasiel Almaguer
B: 2017-04-24
D: 2017-04-25
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Almaguer, Jasiel
Eddie Johnson
B: 1943-04-18
D: 2017-04-18
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Johnson, Eddie
Winslow Hillis
B: 1928-12-21
D: 2017-04-08
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Hillis, Winslow
Howard Hobbs
B: 1950-08-05
D: 2017-04-03
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Hobbs, Howard
Linda Borren
B: 1952-10-06
D: 2017-03-31
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Borren, Linda
Brittany Moran
B: 1993-12-29
D: 2017-03-23
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Moran, Brittany
DeLacy Gibson
B: 1958-04-09
D: 2017-03-23
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Gibson, DeLacy
Velmer Frye
B: 1947-02-12
D: 2017-03-20
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Frye, Velmer
Beverly Brimer
B: 1960-03-06
D: 2017-03-19
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Brimer, Beverly
Rebecca Bonner
B: 1948-04-30
D: 2017-03-13
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Bonner, Rebecca

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Our Experienced Staff


Our families and their guests are treated with only the highest level of professionalism, dignity and respect. Gardens of Memory Funeral Home’s staff is committed to caring for each and every individual, as if he or she were our own beloved family member… before, during and after the time of need. Michael Neal, Funeral Home Manager, ensures that Gardens of Memory Funeral Home-Cremation Services provides superior service and support. Our facility is licensed by the State of Tennessee and managed by Michael Neal. (*Not a Licensed Funeral Director/Non Licensed Assistant).


Michael   Neal, Funeral Home Manager, Licensed Funeral Director, Licensed Insurance Agent, Registered Pre-Need Sales Agent

Michael Neal is a native of White County. Michael is a 2001 graduate of White County High School. Before joining Gardens of Memory Funeral Home-Cremation Services , Michael has been working as a Licensed Funeral Director and Registered Pre-Need Sales Agent for Spencer Funeral Home, Spencer, Tennessee, during the last 7 years and also formerly worked at Camp Clements for 4 years. “I’m proud to be able to serve and care for all families of McMinnville and Warren County during their time of need by assisting them with funeral arrangements, pre-planning arrangements, insurance and monument needs”.

Danny Barnes, Licensed Funeral Director, Licensed Insurance Agent, Registered Pre-Need Sales Agent

Mr. Danny Barnes was born in Warren County and raised in Dekalb County. Danny graduated from Dekalb County High School in 1966. He began work in insurance in 1973 and has been a licensed insurance agent for 37 years. He is a graduate of the Life Underwriter Training Council of Tennessee. Danny and wife Diannia of 40 years live in the Gath Community in Warren County. He is the father of two daughters, Danya and Dessa. Danny attends Gath Baptist Church where he has been a member for 30 years.

Jimmy   Bonner, Non-Licensed Funeral Assistant

Mr. Jimmy Bonner was born and raised in Warren County. Jimmy graduated from Irving College High School in 1967. Jimmy and wife Deborah Rhea Bonner have been married for 42 years and have four children. Jimmy and Deborah attend Freedom Life Worship Center. Jimmy has worked part-time for the Funeral Home for 3 years.

Frances Passons   Hobbs, Non-Licensed Funeral Assistant/Secretary

Mrs. Frances Hobbs was born and raised in Warren County. Frances and husband Joe E. Hobbs live in the Centertown community and have been married for 41 years. Mrs Frances and Joe have two children, James Harris Hobbs and Jennifer Hobbs O’Bannon and son-in-law Mark. Mrs. Frances has worked for the Funeral Home for 20 plus years. She attends the Blues Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church where she is an active member in all phases of church work. She is the president of Vinson’s Cross Road fce Club. Mrs. Frances enjoys reading, sewing, crafts, and stamping cards.

Grace   Hampton, Non-Licensed, Cemetery Office Manager, Family Service Counselor, Registered Pre-need Sales Agent, Licensed Insurance Agent

Grace Hampton graduated from Franklin County High School and resides in Decherd, TN with her husband Roger. They have four children together, B.J., Brittany, Andy, and Shawn. In 2008 I lost my son, Andy, to injuries sustained in a 4-wheeler accident. I have worked for 9 years at the Garden of Memory and really enjoy working with people and being able to help when there is a need. Now that I have lost my son, I really feel God has put me here for a reason. Being able to help others helps me to heal. I really enjoy looking for treasures at yard sales, antique shops and auctions. I love to attend country music concerts. “Faith is not believing that God can, it is knowing that God will”.

Roger   Hampton, Non-Licensed, Cemetery Maintenance & Grounds Superintendant

Roger Hampton has been married to Grace for 10 years. They reside in Decherd, TN and have 4 children together, B.J., Brittany, Andy, and Shawn. He has been at the Gardens of Memory for 11 years. He really loves working at the Gardens of Memory. Overseeing and keeping the grounds is not only about appearence to him, it is something that he can do for our families, knowing there’s not a lot that can be done for someone who has a loss in their family. Roger’s hobbies include deer and turkey hunting. His motto is “Treat others like you want to be treated”.