Brenda Sledge Plaster, 69, retired school teacher and guidance counselor, member of East Niota Baptist Church, and longtime resident of Decatur, TN, went to her heavenly home on May 23, 2021. Brenda was not only a devoted wife to her husband of 52 years but she was also devoted to numerous church families as she spent her entire married life being a pastor's wife and working in the ministry with children and youth. She was also a loving mother to her own 3 children and a nurturing Gramma to 9 beautiful grandchildren. She was surrounded by these special loved ones at the time of her passing.
Brenda was born on September 4, 1951 in Sweetwater, TN to the late Merle Thompson Sledge & late Earl Sledge. While raising 3 children, Brenda enrolled at Lee University to earn her bachelor's degree in education. Later on, she continued her education at Lee University to earn her Master's Degree in school counseling. By the time Brenda retired from education at age 62, she had touched the lives of thousands of children and made an enormous impact on this community.
She is survived by her husband, Rev. Jerry Plaster, of Decatur, TN; daughters, Amy (Ronnie) Woods & Tessa (Sammy) Perkinson; son, Jamey (Mikki) Plaster, all of Decatur, TN; grandchildren, Levi, Kelsey, & Kyndal Woods; Bailey & Hannah Perkinson; Dylan, Christopher, Brook & Samantha Plaster; sister, Carolyn Chambers of Sweetwater, TN; and several nieces, nephews, and extended family of Sweetwater and Athens,TN.
She is preceded in death by her mother and father; sister, Hula Young; Brothers, R.L. & Lowell Sledge.
A visitation for family and friends will take place Tuesday, May 25, 2021 from 4:00 P.M.- 7:00 P.M. at East Niota Baptist Church in Niota, TN. The funeral service will take place immediately following visitation at 7:00 P.M. with Rev. Wayne Bryant & Rev. Mike Bernard officiating the service. The burial will be Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at Niota Cemetery at 1:30 P.M. Pallbearers for the burial will be special family members and friends including: Ronnie Woods, Sammy Perkinson, Levi Woods, Dylan Plaster, Christopher Plaster, Joe Toomey & Jerone Pritchett.
Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home of Athens, TN is in charge of the arrangements. Those unable to attend can send condolences to www.laycockhobbs.com/notice/Brenda-Plaster. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the East Niota Baptist Church Building Fund.