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Clearwater Cemetery
Tuesday May 25th, 2021
4:00pm - 7:00pm

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East Niota Baptist Church
Tuesday May 25th, 2021

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East Niota Baptist Church
Wednesday May 26th, 2021

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Brenda Kay Plaster

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. 

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Rev. Jerry and family, I just found out today that Brenda had passed away. I sent my prayers & love to you all. I live in Maryville, TN now. After 23 years in FL decided to move home and ended up in Maryville where I was born and my only sister lives, I am about a half mile from the house I was born in and 4 miles from my sister. My husband died while we were in FL 26 years ago. I stayed down there 17 years after he died but finally got the nerve to move back. Had so much "junk" I didn't want to move but finally decided I needed to be home. I always enjoyed being with Brenda and she was an inspiration to me. Will never forget our Mission trip to SD but can't remember if it was you as pastor or not but I think it was. Say hi to the children for me, don't know if they will remember me or not. God bless you all. Barbara

Barbara Miller Stewart May 31 2021 12:00 AM

I accidentally stumbled across this news. My prayers and condolences to the Plaster family. I have many fond memories of Brenda from First Baptist of Decatur. Of all the people I attended church with, she was one of the kindest to me and my children. There was never any doubt her kindness was genuine. She supported me through some tough times and was a wonderful teacher to my daughter. I'll always hold those memories in my heart. No doubt her passing will leave a void in the hearts of all that had the pleasure of knowing her. But rest assured she is dancing on streets of gold! I can only Imagine!

Melissa Ramey May 26 2021 12:00 AM

My condolences to the Plaster family at this time. May God wrap his arms around all of you and comfort you at this time

Evelyn Clark May 25 2021 12:00 AM

To the family of Mrs. Brenda Plaster, my prayers are with you all, especially through this hard time. I worked with her at Meigs South and enjoyed being with her daily.

Tammy Jones May 25 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Brenda Plaster

Tammy Carver May 24 2021 12:00 AM

Welk my friend sorry about Brenda. we used to play in her backyard at Head I Creek. Good memories....

Johnnie Holloway May 24 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Brenda Plaster

Jennifer Corbitt May 24 2021 12:00 AM