It is with regret that we announce the passing of Michael DeWitt Vannatta, age 58, of Fayetteville, TN. Funeral service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, June 4, 2022, at Higgins Funeral Home with David Mills officiating. Burial will follow in Cedar Hills Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be from 12 pm to 2 pm on Saturday, June 4 at Higgins.
Mike was born September 1, 1963, in Rutherford County, TN. He was a 1982 graduate of Lincoln County High School. Mike obtained his undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University and his master’s degree from Trevecca Nazarene University. He went on to receive his EDS from MTSU. Mike worked for many years teaching history and English as well as coaching football first for Bedford County Schools and finished his career with Lincoln County Schools. He enjoyed sports and was a basketball referee for several years. Mike also loved watching UT and MTSU football and he was a history buff, talking about and studying any chance he had. He passed away May 25, 2022, at Huntsville Hospital.
Survivors include his mother, Barbara Elmore Vannatta of Fayetteville; wife, Jennifer Newman Vannatta of Fayetteville; son, Nolan Michael Vannatta of Shelbyville; aunts, Judy Hornaday of Wartrace, Faye Windham and husband Joe of Lilburn, GA, June Gilmore and husband Jim of Bell Buckle; cousin, Punt Windham and wife Kim of Stone Mountian, GA. Mike was preceded in death by his father, William “Don” Vannatta; and uncle, Wayne Hornaday.
Higgins Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Michael DeWitt Vannatta.