Brenda "B.J." Smith Mitcham

Born in Franklin, Tennessee on November 14, 1947

Resided in Kingston Springs, Tennessee

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Brenda “B.J.” Smith Mitcham, age 71, of Kingston Springs went to be with her heavenly father Friday, June 21, 2019. She was born November 14, 1947 in Franklin, TN to the late John and Ruth Heithcock Smith.

Brenda owned B.J. Mitcham Real Estate for over 30 years. She was a dedicated bird watcher who loved flowers, painting and politics. She attended St. Bernard High School, Middle Tennessee State University, and a women’s college in Memphis. Brenda was a member of St. Philip Catholic Church in Franklin.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Laura Kate Pace (Steve); granddaughter, Riley Pace; and her beloved coonhound, Grover.

A life celebration will be held from 12 – 2, Saturday, June 29th at the Pavilion of Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Arbor Day Foundation at

37 Comments to Brenda "B.J." Smith Mitcham

  1. Danny Timbs
    June 23, 2019 6:30 pm

    So sorry Kate for your lose. Michelle and I have you in our thoughts and prayers. Need anything just call. Sending our love.

  2. Marci Montgomery
    June 23, 2019 6:39 pm

    Katie and family I am so sorry to here of Brenda’s passing.Please let Shelly and I know if we can help with anything. We love you

  3. Cherie Skiles
    June 23, 2019 7:39 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this. You and your family are in my prayers.

  4. Tim Willoughby
    June 23, 2019 8:12 pm

    Sorry to hear of your loss, praying for you and your family

  5. Larry and Betty Adkins
    June 23, 2019 8:15 pm

    Kate so sorry about your Mom. Sending prayers for you and the family.

  6. jill Luther
    June 23, 2019 8:38 pm

    Kate, My heart breaks for you. I really loved your Mom. God bless you all!

  7. Reba Peters
    June 23, 2019 9:42 pm

    Riley, so sorry for your loss, she was a great person, prayers for peace for you & your family!
    Reba Peters & family

  8. MIT ham
    June 23, 2019 11:56 pm

    Kate and Riley we are so sorry. I know your hearts are broken we knew nothing about it until now. We will do anything for you. If you Tom can be there for y’all I’ll stay out of the way I know he wants to be for y’all. He knows loves y’all

  9. Mary Godwin
    June 24, 2019 12:08 am

    I am so sorry to hear about this My heart goes out to you Katie.😭

  10. Cindy Sullivan
    June 24, 2019 7:15 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. BJ was always so entertaining to talk and her laugh contagious. May she rest in peace.

  11. Becky Dawson
    June 24, 2019 8:11 am

    Kate I’m am so sorry I know how this hurts, my prayers are with you. Here if you need anything. Love you girl

  12. Tim Robinson
    June 24, 2019 8:37 am

    Sorry to hear about you’re mom prayers for you and you’re whole family

  13. Halleen Liles
    June 24, 2019 10:51 am

    Kate, I am heartbroken to hear that she is gone. Did not know anything was wrong. She called me not long ago and had a long conversation. We planned to get together to go out to eat. I have been having health issues and never got back to go. I will miss her. We have been friends for a very long time.

  14. Janet Matheny
    June 24, 2019 10:51 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. BJ was a once in a lifetime person. Her daughter was the apple of her eye.. love and prayers for the family.

  15. Joyce & Tony Jennette
    June 24, 2019 10:52 am

    I was so very sorry to hear about BJ, she’s been a friend for several years. Praying for her family during this time.

  16. Judy Bateman
    June 24, 2019 11:26 am

    Kate, I am so sorry. Prayers for you and family.

  17. Mike Davidson
    June 24, 2019 11:53 am

    Kate,sending love, so sorry for your loss. Wonderful agent.

  18. Sam & Mary Lee Rutherford
    June 24, 2019 12:36 pm

    We were so sorry to hear of BJs passing. It was always a pleasure to work with her. She will be missed. Our prayers are with the Family.

  19. Barbie Schook
    June 24, 2019 12:50 pm

    So sorry for the loss of your Mom and our dear friend. B.J. was a great friend as well as a awesome boss and leader to all.
    She will be missed by many.
    Love Barbie & Rodney Schook

  20. Randy & Leslie Liles
    June 24, 2019 12:52 pm

    Prayers for comfort! Randy and I have great memories with Ms BJ!!! Always humor & sarcasm & sassiness!!! We will cherish our past with her!

  21. Beth Pennington
    June 24, 2019 12:58 pm

    Kate my prayers are with you, Steve and Riley at this tine

  22. Valarie Breedlove
    June 24, 2019 1:25 pm

    So Sorry for loss, we once were neighbors on Big Tom. We will keep you in our prayers and thoughts

  23. Mary Dabrowiak
    June 24, 2019 3:11 pm

    Thirty two years ago, BJ Mitcham was the first resident we met in Kingston Springs. The year before, we had moved to Nashville from northern Indiana. BJ was our realtor and she was determined to find us our forever country home. Indeed she did, in great style and enthusiasm for her beloved little town. I recall her telling this city couple “ this ones got paved road and city water,” all the while the homeowner butchered a fresh kill deer in his front yard. She never missed a beat on that one. She put us back in that old Jeep she owned at the time and off we went to the next listing.
    Bj was successful in finding our “ forever country home and in the process we found a forever friend and neighbor. You will be greatly missed sweet lady. Our condolences to the Pace family and Grover. ❤️

  24. Bob Sanders
    June 24, 2019 3:23 pm

    Kate your Mother was a treasure for all who knew her I loved talking to her. The very thought of her makes me smile. Prayers for the Family, and Heaven has become richer🙏🏻

  25. Cynthia Collins
    June 24, 2019 4:05 pm

    Kate and family, I am so sorry for your loss. She was, indeed, a sweet lady. May the Lord give you comfort during this difficult and sad time.

  26. Janice Hutcheson
    June 24, 2019 5:22 pm

    I loved BJ. Kate, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  27. Fay Haney
    June 24, 2019 7:43 pm

    Deepest sympathy on your loss. B.J. was a kind and generous lady who loved to help people. It’s sad to know she is gone

  28. Tonya and Kevin Dunn
    June 25, 2019 9:11 am

    So sorry for your loss! BJ was such a sweet lady! Your in our thoughts and prayers.

  29. Mary Justus
    June 25, 2019 1:52 pm

    This just breaks my heart as I know you guys have broken hearts! BJ will be missed by so many! Jim & I are sending Prayers for all!! Love you guys very much

  30. Mike and Patt Dillon
    June 26, 2019 5:12 pm

    Mike and I are so shocked that our dear friend is gone! BJ was very special to us and we will miss her terribly!

  31. Nancy Ragan
    June 26, 2019 6:56 pm

    Kate and Family,
    I just found out about this sad news.. my prayers are with you, your mom was a special friend and was there for me during my struggles, and always encouraging. I remember helping her declutter once and remember all the buttons she had!! She will be missed by many
    Nancy Ragan

  32. Bob Gerdeman
    June 28, 2019 11:50 am

    B.J. and I were friends for many years. We shared many laughs and good times about our families, real estate and the appraisal business.

    I will miss her.

    Bob Gerdeman

  33. Kaye Tittle
    June 28, 2019 5:37 pm

    Kate, Riley and Steve, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.

    I miss B J. She was a dear friend as we talked almost daily. Kate, Riley and Steve were the highlights of her life and they were so devoted to her. She was a precious treasure of tidbits and so interesting to talk with. She knew everyone from Kingston Springs to Franklin and had sold many of them their homes. I had no idea how short her time really was as she still had a lot of living to do….

  34. Tina Peek
    June 29, 2019 11:20 am

    Dear Kate, Riley, and Steve,

    Kate, working with you off and on for years at the agency has given me the opportunity to witness the love you, Steve and Riley shared with your mom. I have always been impressed that work or anything else stood in the way of you taking care of B.J. Being a Home Health Nurse gave me the privilege of getting to know B.J. She was so sick but always smiling. Over and over she always talked about the excellent care that each one of you gave to her. You all were always by her side in everything. She was so proud ,and so thankful for your devoted love. She said “I couldn’t ask for a better family”, “They are here everyday” Riley comes by after school everyday and takes care of me”. As many patients that I have seen, I have never seen any family take as good a care of their parent as you all did. It was truly a blessing to see.

    Love Tina

  35. Teresa Hazelwood
    June 30, 2019 9:04 am

    I can’t remember where,when or how I met B.J. It seems like I’ve known her all my life. I met her later in my life We became friends quick Had a lot of things in common & shared many of same interests One being the daily crossword in the newspaper She was better at it than me Sometimes we would get busy with our lives & would not talk for awhile When we did it always seemed like it was just yesterday I laugh when I think of some of the funny things she said & did without trying to be funny Right now I cry to think I will not talk to her again But I know that will pass & iI will have the memories The gathering for her was beautiful & just what she would have wanted She touched the lives of so many people from so many different walks of life Thankyou Kate for sharing “Ma” And Thankyou to BJ for being my friend

  36. Lynn Allbert
    November 22, 2019 11:34 pm

    Kate and Riley I’m so sorry about B.J .I just found out about her yesterday.I was so shocked about hearing she had died.I will miss her alot.She became a good friend.If there is anything I can do I would be glad to.

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