Johnny Menees lived as a friend of the Lord and a man devoted to his family. Ironically, his memorial service was on his 63rd birthday. A huge gathering of family and friends
attended the service to honor the life of this sweet man. Two of his nephews, Jason andJamie Faulkner participated in the service.
They spoke lovingly of the advice Johnny gave them and of how they always looked
forward to spending time with him. They enjoyed teasing him, but always wanted his input
on serious matters. Johnny’s son-in-law, Chad Rial, read a touching letter from one of
the Menees’ neighbors who was out of town when Johnny passed away. The letter to
Phyllis told of the neighbor’s great appreciation and love for Johnny.
Dewayne Griffin recalled that the best cup of coffee he had ever had was while visiting with Johnny and Phyllis in their home. Johnny loved to read and discuss military history.
He had a special interest in military firearms. When Grif would visit Johnny, they often talked about Vietnam.
Grif spoke of Johnny’s love for God, Phyllis, his children Kelley and John, his grandchildren, and his entire family. Grif also thanked Leroy Beard for his devoted service to the Menees family during Johnny’s illness.
In 1988 Johnny and Phyllis moved to Nashville from Union City, Tennessee and then moved to Mt. Juliet about six years ago. They had been married 43 years and Tracie Shannon’s father, Leon Barnes, performed their ceremony when he was a student at Freed-Hardeman University.
Johnny was an engineer and was retired from Bell South; he also worked for Lucent
Technology and AFL Telecommunications. Johnny Menees will be sadly missed by
his friends and family. However, he will be fondly remembered for his caring nature and
warm sweet smile.
Johnny passed from this life at home after a courageous, hard fought battle with cancer. We offer our deepest sympathy to our sweet, dear sister Phyllis and her children
John (Mandy) Menees and Kelly (Chad) Rial, and grandchildren, Hannah Menees, Brittany, Rachel, Austin, Axton and KJ Rial. Also to Johnny’s mother Lucille and brothers
Tom Menees and Jimmy (Jean) Faulkner.