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Website Last Updated on May 31, 2023 at 12:03 p.m.

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Roberts, Debra Charlene, age 65, of Old Hickory, TN died May 28, 2023. Debra was born in Richmond, IN and was the daughter of the late, Earnest Gaston, Jr. and Freida Rose Buttery Gaston. She enjoyed painting, yard sales, flea markets, and watching scary movies. Debra was also preceded in death by her siblings, Gary Lee Gaston, Tammy Jean McCoy and Terry Gaston.

She is survived by:

Husband of 36 years – David Roberts

Children – William Earnest Townsend and Pamela Dawn Parker

Brother – Gerald Gaston

Sister – Bonnie Carlin

6 Grandchildren and 2 Great-grandchildren

Fur Babies – Chucky and Barbie “BonBon”


Family and friends will gather from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 3, 2023 at Bond Memorial Chapel to Celebrate Debra’s Life.


Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.


Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615) 773-2663.


Johnston, Brent Owen, It is with immense sadness but with trust in the promise of the Resurrection that we announce the death of Brent Owen Johnston, May 26, 2023, age 65, in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Arrangements for private cremation are being handled by Bond Memorial Chapel of Mount Juliet. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.


Brent was born April 1, 1958 in Charlotte, North Carolina, to Harvey and Roberta Johnston. He was a twin, the middle child of five (siblings: Eric, Robin, Kurt, Amy).


A lifelong scholar, he graduated from Providence Day High School in 1976 and held degrees from North Carolina State (BA, 1981) Union Seminary of Richmond, Virginia (DMin, 1986), Columbia Seminary of Decatur, GA (ThM, 1997) and the University of Aberdeen (PhD in Divinity, Bonhoeffer Studies, 2022).


He was a dedicated minister of Word and Sacrament for the Presbyterian Church (USA), for over thirty-five years, most recently serving as Pastor/Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church of Wichita, Kansas. He also pastored Benton Heights Presbyterian Church of Monroe, North Carolina, as well as the First Presbyterian Church of Aurora, Colorado and the First Presbyterian Church of Lincoln, Nebraska.


Brent was passionate about the radical gospel of Jesus. He loved to mentor others and advise struggling congregations. He was generous with his time, encouraging and wise. He felt called to urban ministry, readily building relationships in the community.


Brent was devoted to Catherine, his wife of 25 years. Their children, Andrew and Emma, gave him immense joy and he was so proud of all their accomplishments.


Brent loved to travel, particularly to Europe and the British Isles, always hoping for a beach, a game of golf, a plate of seafood and a good glass of Scotch.


Donations can be made in Brent’s memory to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

(PanCAN), the University of Aberdeen, or World Central Kitchen.



Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615) 773-2663.

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