Jean Tiller Barnette

Born in Richmond, VA on November 9, 1933

Departed on August 8, 2019 and resided in Gallatin, TN

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Jean Tiller Barnette, age 85, of Gallatin, TN, passed away Thursday, August 8, 2019.

She was born November 9, 1933, in Richmond, VA, to the late Clifton Odell Tiller, Sr. and Helen Parsley Tiller. Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Martin E. “Bill” Barnette; son-in-law, Nicolas Manuel Bazan; and her brother, Clifton O. Tiller, Jr.

Jean is survived by her children, Brenda Barnette Bazan, Cynthia Marie Barnette, and Stephen Elliott Barnette (Coni); grandchildren, Ashlee’ Barnette Minchey (Chance), Nicolas Manuel Bazan, Jr., and Rachel Elise Bazan; and great-grandchildren, Ryder Elliott Ballou, Elise Monae Bazan, and River Ann Minchey. Survivors also include brother-in-law, Henry Wayne Barnette (Mary Lee); sisters-in-law, Kay Barnette Smith and Betty Barnette Richardson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jean graduated from James Madison University in Virginia where she received her degree in education. She loved being a teacher and, over her 35-year career, taught at every level from elementary through high school and community college. Jean’s passion for education was recognized by her peers by her invitation to join Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary organization for women educators, where she served in various roles, including President of the Sumner County chapter. Jean’s family meant everything to her; she was a very supportive mother who encouraged her children and grandchildren through all stages of life and always put them first. In her “spare” time, Jean loved to read and play bridge. After she retired, Jean learned to play duplicate bridge, joined the Vanderbilt Duplicate Bridge Club and traveled throughout the state to compete in tournaments. Jean will always be remembered as the preeminent Southern Belle who loved to entertain and could quote The Amy Vanderbilt Complete Book of Etiquette. Jean was a member of Gallatin First United Methodist Church and the Republican Women’s Event of Sumner County.

A gathering of family and friends will be held Tuesday, August 20, 2019, from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. and a Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 P.M. at Hendersonville Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Hendersonville Memory Gardens. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to The Hearth at Hendersonville, 419 East Main Street, Hendersonville, TN or American Cancer Society, 2000 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203.

The family would like to give a special thanks to everyone at The Hearth at Hendersonville for their unwavering care and support, as well as Adoration Hospice for their care and guidance in the last weeks.

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11 Comments to Jean Tiller Barnette

  1. janet beall
    August 14, 2019 9:20 pm

    Brenda, and family,
    Our prayers are always with you in this most difficult
    time of losing your beloved mother and your beautiful
    role model!
    John and I offer our sincere condolences in your time
    of loss..
    God Bless you and give you strength!
    Jan and John Beall

  2. David & Lillian Kainer
    August 15, 2019 5:40 pm

    Brenda, David and I so very sorry for the loss of your beloved Mother. We feel as though we knew her from what Nick has praised about as and your family. We send our love and prayers to you and your family

  3. Phyllis Rourke
    August 15, 2019 9:48 pm

    Brenda, Leo and I continue to pray for you and your family. May the Lord give you comfort and peace during these difficult time now and forever.

    Leo & Phyllis

  4. Daniel & Guylaine Belley
    August 16, 2019 12:35 pm

    Dan and I will pray for you and your family during this difficult time. Our most sincere condolences in your time of loss.
    Love and prayers.

  5. Becky & Nick Martinez
    August 16, 2019 12:37 pm

    Nick and I send our sincere condolences to you and your family. May your mom and all the faithfully departed rest in peace.
    Nick & Becky

  6. Ludy Porter
    August 16, 2019 1:50 pm


    Our condolences to you and your family for the loss of your Mom. Eternal light grant unto the soul of the departed and may she rest in peace.

  7. Katherine and Wayde Toups
    August 16, 2019 9:56 pm

    Brenda, Wayde and I are thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers. Our sincere condolences as you celebrate your mother.

  8. T. Wayne and Mary Jane Brewster
    August 17, 2019 1:33 am

    Brenda, Rachel, Nicholas, and family, we have been praying for you and your mother (and grandmother). She sounds like a wonderful person and we know you will miss her. May God bless and comfort you at this time and help you find peace as you recall all the good memories you shared with her.

  9. Arthur Lowen
    August 19, 2019 10:56 pm

    A lovely, gracious lady. I feel privileged to have known her. Condolences to the family.

  10. Sharon Weir
    August 21, 2019 4:26 pm

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your beautiful mother. I taught at Lakeside with her and was one of her ADK sisters. She had such a beautiful, warm smile that came from a caring heart.

  11. Rita Ritchie Seale
    November 30, 2019 4:02 pm

    Dear Brenda, Cynthia, Stephen, I knew her as “Nat Tiller” at Madison College. We were sisters in Zeta Tau Alpha Women’s Fraternity. She was ‘just DEAR’ – even in brief visits post-grad. Her Bill and ‘my’ Dan’ grew to be friends.
    We tied for the title of “Miss Madison” 1956./a vote of the student body. I learned of her death from a letter I wrote The Hearth address on November 4, 2019. It has just made its way back to me. If one of you could email me, it would be great: I would like to send one of you the November letter. if you could send me your mailing address. MAYBE this will make it to TN/TX, or ? ? ? I loved her dearly My Mothers Birthday was August 8. She lived to be ALMOST 100. My ‘home town was Ewing VA/Le County/far SW VA. I lhave ivde in Charlottesville since 1958 – now in a retirement community. MAYBE this will make connection. The typos are mine. My love to all of you. I “Knew you” so well.

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