Vernon Deauvaughn Barksdale, Jr.

Born in Nashville, TN on February 21, 1955

Departed on February 13, 2021 and resided in White House, TN

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Vernon Deauvaughn Barksdale, Jr., 65, passed away Saturday, February 13, 2021 at his home. Born in Nashville, February 21, 1955, he was the son of Virginia Fitch Barksdale and the late Vernon D. Barksdale, Sr. Vernon was also preceded in death his wife, Vickie D. Russell Barksdale; two sisters, Kerri Slayman and Jean Woods; and a daughter-in-law, Jackie. Vernon grew up in Nashville mainly in the West End and Hillsboro Village area. He graduated from Hume Fogg High School and later entered the US Army where he served for 8 years with the 101st Airborne Division and learned to drive heavy equipment and trucks. The skills he learned while in the army served him well during his 44 -year career as a truck driver, many of which as an owner operator. Vernon retired in July of last year. He was a devoted family man who absolutely adored his grandchildren. A man of faith, he was also one who loved doing for others. At church his passion for service through cooking earned him the nickname of the “grill man”. He was also a talented woodworker. Many of his projects are the furnishings of his home. His “do it yourself” attitude extended to his love of cars, especially those of the muscle care era, and his enjoyment from working on them. He also loved his 2001 Harley Davidson and his time spent riding it. In addition to his mother Virginia, Vernon is survived by two sons, James (Misti) Barksdale, and Michael (Miranda) Barksdale; his daughter, Tara Barksdale (Michael Currier); step-son, Chris Warpool; brothers, Daniel and Fred Barksdale; 11 grandchildren; 5 great-granddaughters; and 1 great-grandson. Visitation will be held at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, Goodlettsville, Tuesday from 4 to 7 pm and Wednesday from 1 to 2 pm. A Life Celebration Service will be held at 2 pm Wednesday at the funeral home followed by interment with military honors at Beech Cemetery, Hendersonville.

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8 Comments to Vernon Deauvaughn Barksdale, Jr.

  1. Daniel Wooden
    February 18, 2021 8:49 am

    Going to miss you Uncle Vernon. I love you very much.

  2. Erin Fitch
    February 18, 2021 4:34 pm

    I’m so thankful God made you my cousin. I will miss you dearly. Rest in peace til I see you again, I love you!

  3. Michael
    February 18, 2021 8:19 pm

    Going miss you dad love you

  4. Your little MAT
    February 19, 2021 11:37 am

    Rest easy old man. I miss you already. I will always cherish the moment you walked me down the isle at my wedding and how happy you were that day. I love you so much. Thank you for loving me and being the best ever. I’ll continue to make you proud.

  5. LaFawna Thoman (Madison Church of the Nazarene)
    February 19, 2021 2:49 pm

    I will miss Vernon Barksdale. I am so glad he joined our church.
    I know where he is.
    God bless you family members. Really glad you all came for special events and dinners.
    Especially when Vernon grilled hot dogs and hamburgers.
    I will miss him.

  6. Donna J. Waynick
    February 19, 2021 11:38 pm

    Hello Vernon, it is hard to believe you are in heaven. You were an inspiration and trusted friend. Words don’t come easy to express the admiration of you.

    Praying for your family and friends. God Bless you all.

  7. Bill Barksdale
    February 22, 2021 11:26 am

    A year ago my sisters and i were truly blessed to reconnect with cousin Vernon. He spoke highly of his family and looked forward to bringing Judy with him for a trip to Branson. he doted on his kids and grandkids and we truly had a very pleasant and enjoyable few days together. Since then we would talk on the phone nearly weekly and he was always in a very positive mood. I, for one, will miss his Facebook recipes and the music he posted. Godspeed Cousin Vernon!

  8. Rebecca Wright
    February 24, 2021 2:10 am

    For Vernon, his loving family, and his dear friend, Judy.

    Life is Eternal

    We stand together on the seashore.
    Before us in the harbour lies a great ship.
    She is an object of beauty and strength,
    and we watch as her sails unfurl
    and lift high above her in the clear blue sky.

    On her deck are thousands of happy faces,
    but we see only one.
    We gaze into his eyes, this man we know and love–
    God’s gift to us for a few fleeting years.
    His glowing smile washes sweetly over us
    as our hearts join with his once again.

    The sails now catch the eastward breeze, and,
    under her Captain’s sure hand,
    the ship glides slowly out toward the open sea.
    Still we steadfastly hold his loving gaze,
    longing to capture forever the marvelous joy in his face;
    hoping it is mirrored for him in our own.

    Slowly the ship grows smaller,
    and now we can no longer see him clearly.
    Yet we stand unmoving, our hands
    steadily uplifted in farewell,
    until, at length, the ship hangs like a speck
    just where heaven comes down to mingle with the sea.

    Then someone standing by says, “There! She’s gone!”
    Gone! Gone where? Gone from our sight–that is all.
    Her diminished size is in us, not in her:
    She is just as large in hull and mast and spar,
    and just as strong and able
    to carry her living to their Eternal Home.

    And, at the moment we see her no more,
    there are countless millions on that other Shore,
    standing, watching;
    once again rapturously taking up their glad shout,
    “Here she comes!”

    “I am the Resurrection and the Life; he that believeth on Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”
    –Jesus Christ, recorded in John 11:25
    Original poem by Henry Van Dyke (revised)

    Dear Vernon,

    There will always be a very empty place on “your” side of the sanctuary.

    Yet there is peace in knowing that you are forever young, healthy, and strong; forever free of pain, trouble, and grief. There is comfort in knowing that, with joy, you are now a member of that redeemed assembly, that “great cloud of witnesses” just beyond our mortal sight.

    It’s only a short time that we’ve known one another,
    but I am most grateful for these few months of our acquaintance and friendship. You have been an inspiration as you have made your way through this
    long and very difficult year. I will always remember
    you and miss you.

    Our Father chose to answer our prayers for you with
    the gift only He can give: His perfect, permanent
    healing in His very presence.

    We can’t know how long we will be apart, but we do know it is not forever. And so, until we, in His gracious mercy, meet again. . .

    Rebecca Wright
    Madison Church of the Nazarene

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