OBITUARY

Malcolm Lee Barrett Jr.

April 7, 1955October 6, 2021
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MALCOLM LEE BARRETT, JR. OBITUARY Lee was born in Nashville, TN, on April 7, 1955 to the late Malcolm Lee Barrett, Sr. and the late Rachel Sisk Barrett. He graduated from Antioch High School and Middle Tennessee State University. After a short teaching career, he worked hand in hand with his father at Barrett Realty Company and continued building the company after his father's death. Besides being a successful businessman, he was the Minister of Music at Whitsett Baptist Church and later a deacon at Una Baptist Church. At his death he was a member of Judson Baptist Church.

His work ethic was like few others. He didn't mind getting his hands dirty or working long hours. He relied on a wonderful maintenance crew to carry part of that load and especially Enrique Caceres during the past several years. There was always lots of paperwork and deadlines to meet. His secretary of nineteen years, Johnnie Luken, made all that possible. But she was so much more than a secretary. He could not have been so successful without these people and many others throughout the years. Lee loved anything that was outdoors, which included sports, hunting, gardening, bushhogging, riding his tractor and bobcat, boating, and trips to the ocean and the mountains. Lee was especially patriotic. He loved this country, the flag, and the constitution with a passion. He avidly supported politicians that held his values. I guess you would say that bears were his mascots. He had a multitude of wooden carved bears in all sizes. They adorned his home, his office, and his book shelves. He even had a concrete bear fountain at his office.

Most of all, Lee was a humble Christian man that was caring, gentle, and kind. He was especially giving to those that needed a little encouragement in life whether it be in the form of money or a place to live. He was not only generous with the gifts God had given him but he was always about God's work, witnessing to people he met, about his Jesus.

Lee leaves behind his wife, Pamela Grissom Barrett, and his three children, Riley, Rachel, and Malcolm Lee Barrett, III (aka Leif), who were his pride and joy. His sisters Nancy (Ray) Gannon and Judy Cothran. His nephews William Kenneth (Amy) Nelms, III (aka Trey) and Timothy Blake Cothran. His niece Wendi Leigh (Matthew) Williams, also 6 great nephews and 2 great nieces.

Lee decided to be cremated 32 years ago, against his mother's wishes. However we are going to honor his wish. His internment will be at a later date. If you wish to be notified of that date please notify Nancy. (nancy.nelms@comcast.net or 931-445-4664) The family wishes to thank everyone for all the kind deeds and words shown and given to us during this time. We are going to miss Lee terribly. He was our rock, our guide, and always had our back. Please don't forget to pray for us.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.Woodlawn-Roesch-PattonFH.com for the Barrett family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 13, 2021

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 14, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, October 14, 2021

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Craig Spain

October 13, 2021

I've known Lee since birth and it's been a blessing. My parents were friends of Lee, my grandparents were friends of Lee's father and mother and Lee has helped me so much the last few years since exiting the military. It was sad to hear he had passed. He was a great man. One weekend I came to pay rent and he gave me some fresh homegrown squash. (I'm not sure if it's a fruit or vegetable but it's one of my favorite things to eat) I wish he knew how much that really meant and how much I appreciated it. He's been amazing as a friend and as a realtor as well. I'll definitely miss his smiling face when I pop into the office. Praying for his family and friends and coworkers just as I have since I heard the news. God bless yall

Julie Spain

October 13, 2021

Lee was a very special person. He was a friend to us and to our family for years. I have fond memories back in the time of our youth at Fall Creek Falls during church camp. He was a cut up and enjoyed life. He always had a smile and he later in my life, he would (in a funny way) remind me to get my son into church (like saying to my son "little boy, do you know what a church looks like" - lol.) But, he was right! And I got that boy to church - I'm forever thankful for that funny nudge. I know this will be a loss felt by family and friends for a long time. Praying God's comfort and peace around you all.

Sheila Moss

October 13, 2021

The Circle Sunday School Class of Forest Hills Baptist Church honors Lee. I hope every member of his family will know how much he has meant to us.
Lee never missed an opportunity to engage waitresses or total strangers in God's kingdom business. Several of us got to know Lee even more at lunches we shared after SS, and some of us were encouraged to memorize Scripture during a particular shared April birthday lunch. We continued that to the present. We know Lee as a gentle, generous, and kind friend who endured far more than his soft-spoken, humble demeanor showed.
We miss him and weren't quite ready for him to go be with Jesus, but we grin knowing he's having a blast with the One he loves!

Sammy Duke

October 13, 2021

Lee will be missed by his Sunday School class, The Circle at Forest Hills Baptist Church. He was soft spoken and kind to everybody. He was always willing to help others in times of need. We will miss hearing his words of faith and love.

GAYLE REEVES

October 13, 2021

My sweet loving cousin. The most beautiful smile. Forever in my heart. I'll miss you forever. I wish we could of talked more. Love you.

Jerry Bell

October 12, 2021

So, so many memories of Lee and the Barrett family. To say Lee was a family friend would not come close to what he really meant to the Bell family. My Dad William worked for Barrett Realty over 40 years ago, and my mom, Clara worked for Lee in the office for several years. Of course there were plenty of antics with my uncle Jerry and uncle Gene. Lee helped us buy houses and sell houses. Plenty of good memories over such a long time. He surely will be missed.

Kevin Thomas

October 12, 2021

I had the pleasure of working for Mr. Barrett and enjoyed all the conversations we had each time I was around him. He will be missed greatly and thought of often. Sending thoughts and prayers to all of his family, friends and coworkers.

Mary Holloway

October 12, 2021

Lee will be missed by all who knew him. I knew him first as friend and also as an employer. He was always such a gentleman and fun to work with. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Rest In Peace, my dear friend

STEPHEN HIGGINS

October 11, 2021

I am forever grateful for the moments Lee and I have shared together. We talked about getting away more often. Once we drove to a property near Dickson and sit by the stream for a while. Just a few months ago I drove Him to the Treehouse in Crossville and We sit by the lake for nearly an hour just basking in the sunlight and sharing memories.
Thanks Lee, You are a great friend !!

Susanne (Anna) Bell

October 10, 2021


This man was a jewel in our lives and he will forever be missed.
Lee was filled with God's love and it shown through him everyday.
Lee always encouraged me to be my best self , he even gave me some life lessons to pass on to my son. I am very greatful for the time we did have.

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