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Lewis Kelly Vantrease

Funeral service for Mr. Lewis Kelly Vantrease will be 1:00 P.M. Friday, January 26, 2024, at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home.  Interment with military honors will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery.  Visitation Thursday 4 – 7 P.M. and Friday after 12 Noon at Ligon & Bobo.

Mr. Vantrease, age 83 of Lebanon passed away January 19, 2024, at his home.

Born October 12, 1940, in Wilson County, he is the son of the late Henry “Shorty” and Susie Ella Criswell Vantrease.  He was a proud United States Army veteran serving during the Vietnam War, and attended Laguardo Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  He worked for Texas Boot Company for almost 40 years. After retirement, he often stated “I get to go to work” at the Boot Barn in Goodlettsville, a job he truly enjoyed.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Henry Peyton Vantrease and Sammy Jay Vantrease.

He had a robust love of travel. He enjoyed exploring new places both foreign and domestic. He never missed an opportunity to go on a trip. One of his favorite ways to travel was onboard a cruise ship. He was always planning his next adventure. He was often found in one of his favorite rocking chairs.

He is survived by his wife of more than sixty years, Joyce Bates Vantrease; two children: Valerie Joyce (Michael) Griffin and Nicholas John (Christina) Vantrease; grandson, Conner Bruce; sisters-in-law: Barbara Vantrease, Dora Vantrease, Deanie (Jimmy) Eastland, and Sandra Youngs; brother-in-law, Wayne (Ann) Bates; many nieces and nephews.

Honorary Pallbearers: Jimmy Eastland, Wayne Bates, Johnny Harper, and Bart Hansen.

Pallbearers: Michael Griffin, Landis Sanders, Chuck Henley, Tony Bates, Evan Webb, and Alex Eastland

The family wishes to extend appreciation to the amazing staff at Gentiva Hospice and his caretaker, “Ricky G”.

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

Messages for the Family

  1. Sandra Plumlee says:
    So sorry to hear of Lewis’s passing.
    Although I haven’t seen you I several years, I have never forgotten you. Prayers for all the family.
    Sandra Bates Plumlee
  2. Sandra Plumlee says:
    So sorry to hear of Lewis’s passing.
    Although I haven’t seen you I several years, I have never forgotten you. Prayers for all the family.
  3. Kai Grissim says:
    Extending our sympathy for your loss. I always had fond memories of Lewis through interactions at school.
  4. Elvis and Elaine Wheeler says:
    MS. Joyce we are so sorry to hear of Mr. Lewis’s passing. Elvis and myself always thought the world of him. Most of the time when we mowed the yard if you were home he’d come out and talk to Elvis. We will truly miss him and if there is anything we can do for you please let us know. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
  5. Melba Jobe says:
    1/22/2024@5:10 AM; Extending Sincere Heartfelt Condolences from The Book Of Psalm.
  6. Patsy Dillon says:
    Joyce I am so sorry to hear about Lewis.If there is ever anything I can do for you please don’t hesitate to let me know. You and your family are in my prayers and thoughts. Love You
  7. lorna howell says:
    i am so sorry. lewis and you are wonderful friends and i love yall. i missed yall when i left lebanon, but you are always in my thoghts and prayers. sending love and hugs,
  8. Jim and Mary Martin says:
    Joyce, We were saddened to hear of Lewis’ passing. He was such a sweet man, and we we enjoyed the cruises we shared with you guys. He will be sorely missed. Keeping you and the family in our prayers. May God grant you peace and comfort during this time.
  9. Haywood Barry says:
    So saddened to learn of Lewis’s passing. We were news boys together for a while long ago. He was such a nice person. Our condolences to Joyce and to the rest of his family.