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Fred McFarland VanHook

Mr. Fred M. VanHook, age 84, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday afternoon, January 13, 2021. He passed away at Summit Hospital surrounded by his wife of over 63 years and his three children.

A native of Lebanon, Tennessee, Fred was the youngest of nine children born to John Franklin VanHook and Pauline Elizabeth Rice VanHook.   He is preceded in death by his parents and eight siblings: Horace (Georgie) VanHook, Ruby (Tolbert) Lanius, John Richard VanHook, J.C. VanHook, Lillian (Roger) Apple, Leslie (Mildred) VanHook, Jean (Thomas) Edwards, and Robert Leon VanHook. He is also preceded by father and mother-in-law, James Cecil Clemmons and Cora Lee Burton Clemmons; brothers-in-law James Alvis Clemmons and David Allen Baird, and sister-in-law Celia Thompson Clemmons.

Fred was a veteran, a deacon and member of Immanuel Baptist Church, minister of music for many years, a gospel music singer and promoter of the Gospel Music Festival for 47 years, and a Gideon. He was a real estate broker for over thirty years, co-owner of Reed & Bland Farm Equipment for twenty years, and a founding partner of Creative Graphics. Fred enjoyed fishing, working on his clocks and trains, and he loved playing golf with his son and many friends. He was a kind and gentle giant and a wonderful husband, father, and “Papa” to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Faye Clemmons VanHook; daughters Joyce (Nick) Holleman and Jeanette (John) Harvey; and son James Franklin (Joyce Lynn) VanHook.   He is also survived by grandchildren Jonathan Baltzly, Kristopher VanHook, Matthew (Shanda) Holleman, Jessica Baltzly Carlan, Jahnna (Josh Groft) Harvey, Joseph Zimmerman, and Victoria Zimmerman; great-grandchildren Emma Kate, Everett, and Elisabeth Claire Holleman; sisters-in-law Hazel VanHook and Gaye Clemmons Baird; and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral and visitation will be held Saturday, January 23 at Immanuel Baptist Church on Castle Heights Avenue. Visitation from 10:00 until 2:00, with Memorial Service at 2:00. Interment with military honors will follow at Wilson County Memorial Gardens.

Ministers include Bro. Mark Caruth, Bro. Donald Owens, Bro. Jonas Taylor, Bro. Jeff Pratt, and Bro. Tom Suiter.

Pallbearers: Jonathan Baltzly, Kristopher VanHook, Matthew Holleman, Everett Holleman, Joseph Zimmerman, Tim VanHook, Patrick Clemmons, Will Baird and Dan Baird.

Honorary Pallbearers: The Gideons, Immanuel Choir and Deacons, Coach Hunt’s Men’s Sunday School Class, Nancy Voight, Century 21 West Main Realty, John Burkeen, Wendell Edwards, Charles Lanius, Bill Bryson, James Parkerson, Phillip (Rooster) Parkerson, Josh Groft, Greg Baltzly, Josh Carlan, The Joy Choir, Golden Gems, and his Golfing Buddies.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions requested for The Gideons International.

Masks requested during visitation and services. The memorial service will also be live-streamed from Immanuel.

LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME of Lebanon (615) 444-2142   www.ligonbobo.com


Messages for the Family

    • BETTY M PEDIGO says:
      So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed knowing and being able to sing with him. God bless and comfort you all is my prayer
  1. suzanne grubbs koontz says:
    i remember Fred and Faye very well when i was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. Lots of good memories in the choir. So sorry to hear of this loss. My prayers are with Faye and family. Great man has earned his angel wings.
  2. Lynn Winfree says:
    I have been singing with Fred for many many years. He was a blessing to me and so many people. He will be missed. Love and prayers for all his family who I consider my second family.
  3. Tina Hayes says:
    Mrs Faye you and your family are in my prayers.
  4. Diane (Thurley) Roddey says:
    I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart is with you during this struggling time.
  5. The Lebanon Gideons says:
    What a wonderful Christian witness in all he did! A great Gideon in reaching out to others to share the Gospel throughout the whole world! We will miss his partnership in ministry! Our prayers for Faye and the family.
  6. Anne Donnell says:
    Always a gentleman, kind and deeply Christian, a fine musician, asuperb family man
  7. Donnie L. Denny says:
    I am sorry to hear of Fred Vanhook’s passing. I have known Fred for most of my life. He was a nice man. Please accept my condolences .
  8. Floyd Gaddes says:
    Fred sang wonderful praises to God while he was here and now, he may be singing in a heavenly choir!! What a treasured friend!! Faye and all of the family, may God comfort each of you as only He can.
    With love, prayer and sadness,
    Floyd and DiAnne Gaddes
    Statesville, TN
  9. Gaye C. Baird says:
    Fred was a great Christian and was from a wonderful family. Then, he became a great husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle, and friend to thousands. He was very active in church, choir, singing group, deacons, Gideons, real estate, golf, and so much more. Prayers for Faye and family!
  10. Debbie Moser Ashe says:
    Mrs. Faye… I remember many happy times in your hone with Joyce, Jeanette, James Franklin and Mr. Fred. Your green jello cottage cheese salad, listening to gospel albums on your huge stereo, riding in that Volkswagen bus out to the Bellwood Mission Church, and staying up half the night chatting with Joyce are some of my favorite teenage memories. Always a fun and warm Christian home.

    I grieve this sad loss with you all. Much love, Debbie

  11. glenda Baddour Palmer says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with you
  12. glenda baddour palmer says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with his family
  13. Elaine Pearson says:
    Bro. Fred will be so missed. Your family is in my prayers.
  14. Sheila McChesney and Tina Davis says:
    Mrs. Faye, we will miss Mr. Fred very much. Especially all the Golden Gems. May God be with you and your at during this time. With love and Prayers.
  15. Mark Copeland says:
    Prayers for the entire VanHook family during this time of sorrow.
  16. Billie Friel says:
    I loved Fred. He sang at our with his quartet.. We went to Alaska with him and his wife. My children loved to carry their luggage! I have worn out several of his tapes while driving. Rev. 14:13. A great life. When I grow up, I’d like to be like Fred.
  17. Billie Friel says:
    I loved Fred. He and his quartet were one of my favorites. I have worn out several tapes of his. God bless his family. Rev. 14:13
  18. Diane Kuipers says:
    Darrell and I have loved Fred since the day we met. He treated us like family even though we were newcomers to Lebanon in 2001. He and you, his sweet family, will always be family to us. We look forward to seeing him Glory. In the meantime, please remember your wild and crazy realatives across town. We are here for you. Love you!
  19. Joyce and Riad Messiha says:
    We love this family and will miss Fred. He was so welcoming to us when we moved to Lebanon and Immauel. Heartfelt sorrow to his family but we look forward to seeing him again.
  20. Betty Kelley says:
    Deepest sympathies to the family during this sad time. He was a wonderful man. He came to Hearthside and sang in a group for us all the time before covid came. Such a wonderful singer.
  21. Shannon, Julie and Tanner Malone says:
    Mrs. Fay, I’m so sorry about Fred. I’m sure he is in heaven singing in that choir. I will truly miss my Words playing buddy! I love you both and we are thinking about you.
  22. Rebecca Johnson Hessinger says:
    Bro. Fred will be sorely missed. I always remember his wonderful singing voice at Immanuel.
  23. Pauline and Jim Bishop says:
    Such a wonderful God fearing man, you will be greatly missed. Prayers for all
  24. Davene Tomlinson says:
    My deepest sympathy to Faye, Joyce, Jeanette, James Franklin & all the family in the loss of their precious loved one. Faye, my heart breaks for you as well as the children, grandchildren and the rest of your family. Not only will Fred be missed by you all, but by our church family plus numerous others that were blessed by this dear man. He truly was a witness for Jesus throughout his life and touched so many lives. Thoughts & prayers for all of you during this difficult time. Love to you all.
  25. Geri Forkum says:
    I thought the world of Fred. He was always kind and quick to encourage and inspire others. He leaves a tremendous family and faith legacy. Love and prayers to his family and friends.
  26. Terry ashe says:
    A real man of God ,a living example of how we should live our life. He gave more than he received .He is the best example that Faith shines brightest in the dark. God Bless the wonderful family .
  27. Elgan Usrey says:
    You are in our prayers. A great Gideon Brother!
  28. Bob Halstead says:
    A TRUE FRIEND and BROTHER-IN-CHRIST! Will be truly missed in our fellowship! Our sincere thoughts and prayers are extended to the family! We know where he is, and we will see him again! “PRAISE GOD!”
  29. Tea Stockton says:
    Mrs Faye, Joyce, Jannette, J.F., family: Even tho there is unspeakable joy flowing in Heaven at the unmistakeable new voice in that choir, I also know how it feels to struggle on this side of Heaven without them. I pray The Fathers gentle arms of love wrap around all of you, to cover and consume your hearts with His Presence of peace, consolation & endurance, and that even in sadness He will begin restoring joy in your spirits at every thought and memory of this precious and honorable man, who not only will be remembered and loved by countless numbers for the man he was, but by the example of life he lived. My life is richer having known him. My heartfelt love and blessings to you all!
  30. David & Gina Cummings says:
    May God be with Faye, and family. May he comfort each heart. So very sorry for your loss.
  31. Margaret Baggett says:
    I am so sorry to hear this. He was a wonderfull person with a good family. I will be praying for your family.
  32. Diana Gallaher says:
    I am so sorry to learn of Mr. Vanhook’s death. I am holding the family in my heart and prayers.
  33. Dawn Skelton Santana says:
    Just saw this today. I am so sorry for your loss! I have not seen Bro Fred in many years, but I have thought of him often. It was because of this man that started my walk as a Christian. He will be greatly missed but I know we will see him again one day.