Jerry Donovan Brenda, 77, of Paris, Tennessee, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Jerry was born Mar. 31, 1943, in Princeton, to the late Herman August Brenda and the late Thelma Larue Sisk Brenda. He was a graduate of Western Kentucky University. His professional career was in human resources where he retired, after many years, as the Human Resources Manager for Emerson Tool Company in Paris.

Jerry’s hobbies included woodworking, a skill taught to him by his father. He also enjoyed history and was an avid reader. He was a member of First Baptist Church, where he had taught Sunday school and served as a deacon. Active in missions, he loved to help others and took part in mission trips including one to Dakar Senegal, West Africa.

Jerry was a loving father and husband. He was married Dec. 26, 1964, to Linda Morgan Brenda, who survives, of Paris, Tennessee.

Along with his wife, he is also survived by his daughter, Krista (Dewayne) Sanders of Medina, Tennessee; his son, Matthew (Keeli) Brenda of Springhill, Tennessee; one sister, Phyllis (Ronnie) Ladd of Princeton, Tennessee; and six grandchildren, Brittany Miller, Ashley Sanders, Allison Sanders, Braydon Sanders, Gracyn Brenda, and Braxton Brenda.

Arrangements are being handled by Ridgeway Funeral Home, 201 Dunlap St/PO Box 788, Paris, TN 38242. Visitation will be Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, from 11 a.m. — 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 313 N. Poplar Street, Paris, TN 38242. The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, at First Baptist Church, with Jerry Massey, Todd Henson, and Trent Bullock officiating.

At the family’s request, masks must be worn and all social distancing guidelines must be observed during the services.

Memorials may be made to: First Baptist Church, 313 N. Poplar Street, Paris, TN 38242 or in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford Foundation, 1700 Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro, TN 37129, which will directly support the medical staff. Please mention the Brenda Family in the memo so your donation will be routed correctly.