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Barbara Jean Detweiler

Barbara Jean Detweiler, 82, went to be with her Savior on May 29, 2015. She was smiling as she left this earth. She knew she was meeting Jesus.

She was born in November of 1932 in Pikeville to J. and Fanny (Crawford) Brown.

Barbara graduated from Bledsoe County High School and then married Irvin Detweiler in 1950 and had three children: Jay (Lori) Detweiler, Linda (Kenney) Rogers, and Jeff (Carol) Detweiler. She has eight grandchildren: Adrian (Angelica) Detweiler, Ryan (Tessa) Detweiler, Brandon Detweiler, Hannah (Rogers) (Andy) Schwabe, Tabitah Rogers, Bethany Rogers, Lane (Laurie) Detweiler, and Tiffany (Detweiler) (Rustin) Swartzentruber. She has five great-grandchildren: Zoey, Phoebe, Aiden, Ethan and Violet. 

She had 13 siblings, and is survived by several including Pauline Edmund, Helen Simmons, Martha Lou DeBord and her brother Landon Brown. She is also survived by her husband of 64 years.

She was preceded in death by her siblings: Willard Brown, J. Junior (died at birth), I.E. Brown, Robert Brown, Johnnie Brown, Gordon Brown, Mary Brown (died as a child), and Ollie (Brown) Wade.

She was a devoted mother and pastor’s wife. She leaves behind a legacy of wanting to live for Jesus. She knew she was saved. She trusted in Jesus. Her simple faith gave her the hope of spending eternity with her Lord. Her daily prayer was that her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren would follow Jesus. That gave her no greater joy. Her legacy is one of submission and love. And, now, we rejoice that her physical pain is over, she has a new perfect body, and she is sitting at the feet of her Savior.

Special thanks to Pastor Clif Roth and Pastor Philip Luna for presiding over the funeral service.

Pallbearers: Adrian, Ryan and Lane Detweiler, Randy Lewis, Gary Holman, Alan Haston.

Singers: Dion, Jacob and Will Frady, Hannah (Rogers) Schwabe, Tabitha Rogers, Bethany Rogers.

The family would also like to thank Hospice of Chattanooga, particularly nurse Kathy, and Putnam-Reed Funeral Home.

Services were held Monday, June 1 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Clif Roth and Pastor Phillip Luna officiating. Burial was in Seals Cemetery.

Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements were entrusted to Putnam-Reed Funeral Home in Pikeville.

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