Willis Diear Pairs, Jr., 75 of Portland went home to be with the Lord Thursday, April 29, 2021 at his home.
He was born October 13, 1945 in Nashville, TN to Willis Diear Pairs, Sr. and Elsie Mae Felts. He worked as a self-employed carpenter and enjoyed working with his hands and doing woodworking. He also enjoyed swinging and rocking. Mr. Pairs proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during Vietnam and was a member of Walnut Grove United Methodist Church. He is preceded in death by his parents; 2 infant siblings, Ruby Pairs and Tommy Pairs; 2 sisters, Barbara Jean Denson and Elsie Mildred Parks; 3 brother-in-laws, Buster B. Carter, Frank Lassiter and Edward Smith.
He is survived by his loving wife of 55-1/2 years, Brenda Pairs, Portland, TN; daughters, Samantha (Steve) Stubblefield and Tara (Donnie) Stubblefield, both of Springfield, TN; brother, James (Alice) Pairs, Portland, TN; sisters, Mary Carter, Goodlettsville, TN, Shirley Ann Lassiter, Greenbrier, TN and Dorothy Smith, White House, TN; brother-in-law, Billy Parks, Anniston, AL' 5 grandchildren, Alyssa (Johnpaul), Calli (Aaron), Jennifer, Jessica (Hunter) and Jimmy; 3 great-grandchildren and one on the way, Izzy, Caydence and Karson.
Funeral service was Sunday, May 1, 2021 at 2pm in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Pastor John Vida officiating. Interment followed in Walnut Grove Cemetery with military honors and with Steve Stubblefield, Donnie Stubblefield, Jimmy Stubblefield, Johnpaul Howard, Aaron Holman and Hunter Lassiter serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Van Pond, Ronald Gann, Ronald Pulley, David Jones, Chris Jones and John Hancock. Visitation was Saturday, May 1, 2021 4-8pm and Sunday, May 2, 2021 12pm-2pm at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are requested to the Walnut Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund 4101 Highway 76 Cottontown, TN 37048 Arrangments entrusted to Austin & Bell 533 Highway 76 White House, TN 37188 (615)672-5000 www.austinandbell.com