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Brenda Louise (Smith) Allred

August 20, 1956 ~ January 11, 2024 (age 67) 67 Years Old
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Brenda Allred Obituary

Mrs. Brenda Louise (Smith) Allred, age 67 of Jamestown, was welcomed to her heavenly home on Thursday, January 11, 2024.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, January 21, 2024 at 11:00 am at the Faith Baptist Tabernacle in Jamestown. Burial will follow in the Mt. Helen Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 9:00 am until time of the service.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 20, 2024 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Faith Baptist Tabernacle in Jamestown. The family will take a dinner break from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Visitation with her family will continue from 6:00 pm to Whenever (in true Brenda fashion).

Mrs. Brenda is survived by her:
Loving Husband of 50 years, Baley Fred Allred III
Sons, Baley Fred Allred IV
         Jonathan Douglas Allred and wife Kendra
         Andrew Marcus Allred
Daughter, Bethany LaShea Walker and husband Bryan
Grandchildren, Bingham, Bayla, Bryson and Boston Walker
                        Ayla, Jett, Ella and Evan Allred
Brothers, Curtis Smith and wife Kathy
               Daniel Smith and wife Lavonna
               Vernon Smith and wife Chandra
Sisters, Vera Goad and husband Brady
             Sharon Ellis and husband Paul
Mother-in-law, JoElla Allred
Brother-in-law, Jonathan Allred and wife Karen
Sisters-in-law, Paula Allred and husband John
                       Judy Smith
Dear friends, Loretta Smith and Nancy Cravens
She is also survived by a tremendous host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends. 
As a pastor's wife for almost 40 years, her loving spirit for people has impacted people across our community, state and around the globe through her gracious giving and unending hospitality.

She is preceded in death by her:
Parents, Caldwell and Edith Mae (Hull) Smith
Father-in-law, Dr. B.F. Allred
Brother, David Smith

Jennings Funeral Homes of Jamestown is in charge of services for Mrs. Brenda Louise (Smith) Allred of Jamestown, with support from Mundy Funeral Home.


Brenda's Story

Born on August 20th, 1956 in Oneida, Tennessee, Brenda Louise (Smith) Allred was the fifth child born to George Caldwell and Edith Mae Smith. She grew up with a total of 6 siblings in the Mt. Helen community of Fentress County, surrounded by family. She grew up playing alongside her many cousins and enjoying life in the country. Her father, a minister, kept her in church and traveling as he pastored across the region. At the age of seven, Brenda started playing piano regularly at church, before her feet could even reach the pedals. Some of her favorite childhood memories that she often relived was when she and her brother would go into town (Jamestown) for their piano lessons and her mother would take her grandmother and aunts along to do their weekly errands. She received the Lord as her Savior at the age of nine at Honey Creek United Baptist Church during a revival service with Bro. Earl Ellis and was baptized shortly thereafter on July 10th of 1966.

From a young age, Brenda was always meticulous about most things including her appearance, her penmanship, her academics, and her many creative skills.  She won a state competition for her sewing while in high school and loved home economics. She loved experimenting with hair, makeup, and fashion. By the age of 15, she had blossomed into a beautiful young lady and started playing piano for a singing group her brother had joined, The Gospel Melodyaires. She caught the eye of fellow group member, Freddy Allred, who pursued her and whom she married at the age of 16 on April 21st, 1973 at South Main Street Baptist Church in Jamestown. Having married at such a young age, it was as if Fred and Brenda grew up alongside each other and their younger siblings as one big family. Brenda then went on to graduate as her high school Valedictorian, in 1974.

Fred, having been called to the ministry, and Brenda didn't waste any time taking life by the hand and started their own business, opening BaLou's Men's Store in Jamestown selling men's clothes and suits. The name was an homage to their own names Baley Fred and Brenda Louise. What began as a men's store quickly expanded into an adjoining space selling flooring and then paint. Always the driven business couple, working side-by-side, they then started selling Amway. In 1978 came the birth of their first child, Baley Fred IV. Shortly thereafter, they would expand BaLou's into a large scale hardware store and opened an HWI Do-It Center. They went on to close the men's store and expanded their hardware business into a furniture business as well, working with Brenda's brother, Daniel. They also took on a ready-mix business during this season. In 1980, Fred felt called to build a local church, and together, Fred and Brenda started Faith Baptist Tabernacle with a small group of family and friends by their side. Soon after, working with Brenda's father and brother David, they built their home as a permanent residence on White Oak Road in Jamestown.  Then, in 1982, came the birth of their second son, Jonathan Douglas. Not to be slowed down by children, Fred and Brenda excelled in business and were able to win several trips across the world through vendor product companies. These trips, along with their involvement in diverse business industries, created many opportunities and gave Brenda and Fred both a broader sense of the world and culture that they would always carry with them.


On the home front, Brenda, now with a place to entertain, began to engage perhaps her greatest gift: hospitality. She and Fred opened their home on every occasion possible to host ministers, missionaries, friends, family, and community. Brenda was always cooking, setting her table, and decorating with the precision she had portrayed since childhood. The house was always filled with love, laughter and music, often with late night singing around the piano.

Always focused on the ministry, and with a passion for missions, the church grew their support for missionaries around the world. Brenda would often form personal relationships with these missionaries and their wives. She would stay in contact with them and fervently pray for them with their prayer cards often by her side. Meanwhile, the bus ministry, local visitation and ministries for the children, youth, and seniors were all growing.

In 1987, along came child number three, a daughter, Bethany LaShea. Brenda was so excited to have the opportunity to instill her love of all things girly onto her baby girl, who never left home without a bow in her hair and a perfectly styled and pressed dress.
Around the same time came another birth, the beginning of Bible Believers Network and New Life Studios, which now broadcasts Christian radio at home and to the Great Smoky Mountains region. Then in 1988 Brenda and Fred, along with Fred's sister, Paula, purchased a local home health agency, therapy company, and medical equipment business. This was the beginning of a big shift into working in the medical industry. In 1989, Mission Point Jubilee was established and expanded the ministry of Bible Believers Network.

Next on her life's journey came the birth of Brenda and Fred's fourth and youngest child in the year 1990, a baby boy, Andrew Marcus. Motherhood never slowed Brenda down. You could always count on her making sure that every child was perfectly groomed and dressed, their hair in perfect shape. She was always equally put together with her clothing, hair, makeup, and nails. She worked tirelessly day and night at everything she did. She loved her professional work and the challenge of problem solving with numbers, she loved being a mom, she loved hosting and taking care of others, but she especially loved being a pastor's wife and serving the Lord in this capacity. She was the church pianist, taught Sunday school to hundreds of young adolescent girls, and gave time and attention to always nurture and disciple anyone who crossed her path.

With her Sunday school class, she would always seek opportunity to do extra activities and take the girls on trips. She had such a passion for this young impressionable age and wanted so deeply to influence the lives of these girls. Her focus was always to point them to Jesus. With Mission Point Jubilee came a growing opportunity to encounter more ministers, missionaries, and southern gospel musicians from around the country and across the world. Brenda so enjoyed this week every year as she geared up her home to host everyone for overnight stays and meals around her table. Then in 1998 came the establishment of Faith Christian Academy, another ministry of Faith Baptist Tabernacle. This aspect to the ministry provided Brenda with yet another opportunity to minister. Over the years, she and Fred regularly attended the National Religious Broadcaster's Convention and she would work alongside the church staff, radio station staff, and school staff as a mentor and friend. As a hostess, she loved putting together celebrations and meetings for everyone, always with an element of fun and laughter and always with an element of reverence for God.
Brenda was always working, even when the family would travel for summer vacations, holidays, or weekend trips, but she also knew how to have fun. She was very spontaneous. She and Fred would make or change plans last minute and take a trip or surprise the kids. She was playful and loved amusement parks. The child within her often came out as she would ride the park rides, play games around the table, or play hide and seek. She loved to laugh and tell funny stories or hear about the ones her children brought home. She knew how to make everything seem magical when she would decorate for Christmas and find the perfect gifts for everyone. She did that not just for her kids, but for her friends and family as well.

Along the path, however, came a bump in the road. In 2014, Fred started to show subtle signs of illness that Brenda quickly recognized as inordinate. After a long season of seeking answers, Fred was ultimately given a diagnosis of Lewy Body Dementia and resigned his position as lead pastor in 2019. This was a devastating time for the family and especially difficult as Brenda began to focus her attention on caring for Fred full time. Over the years Fred's illness would progress while Brenda maintained her professional work from home. She gave of her herself completely to his care and portrayed the ultimate example of a dedicated wife.

Through the darkness, however, came so much light in the form of a new son-in-law, Bryan and daughter-in-law, Kendra and eight beautiful grandchildren: Bingham, Bayla, Bryson, Ayla, Jett, Boston, Evan and Ella. These grandchildren truly brought Brenda so much joy and happiness. Known as Nanmama, she couldn't have been more proud. She bought them clothes and gifts, attended any event she could that they were a part of, and loved on them in every way possible. She was known to make special milk shakes, playing games with them, sharing her makeup, letting them use her paper, pencils and calculator, or encouraging them in all things. They became the light of her life.

Professionally, Brenda and Fred were so blessed and they never forsook the opportunity to share that blessing with others and with ministry. In recent years, Brenda became a board member of the Handfuls of the Harvest Mission and Soup Kitchen. She worked so hard at supporting this mission and to help others in need. Brenda would always point to God for every blessing, never one to take the credit. She gave her attention to whomever she was talking, she gave her advice to those seeking answers, she gave financially to those in need, she gave her touch to the broken, she gave physically to the job that needed to be done, she gave her perspective to make things beautiful, she gave her voice to honor God, and she gave her heart to make her community and her world a better place.

If this is the end of her story here on earth, then let it be said that Brenda did well and was truly a good and faithful servant of the Lord. Her children and husband rise up and call her blessed and praise her for the beautiful woman she was. May the Lord be glorified for the life and light that she was to our world.

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
January 20, 2024

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Faith Baptist Tabernacle
627 South Main Street
Jamestown, TN 38556

Visitation
Saturday
January 20, 2024

6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Faith Baptist Tabernacle
627 South Main Street
Jamestown, TN 38556

Funeral Service
Sunday
January 21, 2024

11:00 AM
Faith Baptist Tabernacle
627 South Main Street
Jamestown, TN 38556

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