NASHVILLE -- Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21 at the Immanuel Baptist Church, 222 Belle Meade Blvd., for Mr. Vantrease, 72, of Nashville and formerly of Wilson County.
Born in Lebanon, Sept. 29, 1939, died suddenly Monday Oct. 17, 2011.
A graduate of Lebanon High School and Cumberland University, he attended Belmont University. A member of the National Guard during the Vietnam years, Mr. Vantrease was an active member of the American Legion Post 5, serving in various positions including as a board member and Vice-Commander.
He was also a life-time member of the National Republican Party. A longtime realtor in Nashville, Mr. Vantrease served for several years on the Legislative Committee and was principal broker/owner of State Realty.
He was a member of First Baptist Church, Nashville and a friend to Immanuel Baptist Church, Nashville. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, but his favorite past time was exploring Americas back roads where he never met a stranger.
The family will receive friends Friday from 10 a.m. until the funeral.
Services will be conducted by Pastor Frank Lewis of First Baptist Church and Pastor Steven Meriwether of Immanuel Baptist Church.
Interment will follow in the Peeled Chestnut Cemetery on Sparta Highway in White County.
Survivors include: his wife of 36 years Brenda Rickman Vantrease along with brothers Leon and Fred Vantrease of Lebanon.
Also surviving are many nieces and nephews, including grand nieces and nephews, all in whom he delighted.
He was preceded in death by his parents Fred Vantrease and Otelia Graves Vantrease -- also of Lebanon.
Family members will serve as pallbearers.
Memorial gifts may be made to: The Next Door Ministries (P.O. Box 23336, Nashville 37202, thenextdoor.org) or The Fisher House Foundation Inc. (P.O. Box 774, Brentwood 37024, tennesseefisherhouse.org).
Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon, is in charge of arrangements.