OBITUARY: James Earnest Demonbreun Jr.


James Earnest Demonbreun Jr, age 72 of Portland passed away Saturday, May 13, 2023 at Hendersonville Medical Center.

He was born September 10, 1950 in Nashville, TN to James Earnest & Bertha Jane Deshields Demonbreun, Sr.

He worked in auto parts sales for over 40 years and retired from O’Reilly’s in Madison, TN. He coached football and baseball when his boys were growing up. He enjoyed fishing, playing slot machines, watching old westerns on tv, watching the Dallas Cowboys and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, David Demonbreun; sister, Pamela Hall.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Shirley Demonbreun; sons, Matthew Demonbreun and James K. Demonbreun, all of Portland, TN; sisters, Gail (Thomas) Reed, Ashland City, Tn and Deborah (Robert) Ballew, Gleason, TN; 3 grandchildren, Austin Demonbreun, Jordan Murphy and Evan Demonbreun; 3 great-grandchildren, Kimber, Eretria and William.

Funeral service is scheduled for Thursday, May 18, 2023 at 12 noon in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Rev. Erwin Jackson officiating. Interment will follow in Greenbrier City Cemetery with Austin Demonbreun, Jordan Murphy, Evan Demonbreun, Jamie Maddle, Roy Gene Maddle and Trey Reed serving as pallbearers. Visitation with the family is planned for Wednesday, May 17, 2023 4-8 PM and Thursday, May 18, 2023 10 am until the hour of the service at the funeral home. A Masonic service is scheduled for Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 7 PM in the chapel.

Memorial contributions are requested to Austin & Bell to help the family with funeral expenses.

ARRANGEMENTS ENTRUSTED TO AUSTIN & BELL 533 Highway 76 White House, TN 37188 (615)672-5000


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