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.