Sheriff's detective Lisa House dies of cancer

BY: , Gallatin News Examiner3:37 p.m. CDT April 20, 2016

Sumner County sheriff's Detective Lisa House died Wednesday following a third bout with cancer. She was 50.

Ms. House’s specialized detective work on child sex and abuse cases significantly improved the local program. During her 30-year career, she also spent much time investigating domestic violence.

First diagnosed in August 2013, the Gallatin resident retied in late 2014 while battling cancer. The disease intensified when House was diagnosed for the third time.

A mother of two daughters with two grandchildren, House invested extra sensitivity and care for youth victims.

“A lot of things happen to children,” House said in a previous interview. “It can really be traumatic. Not to say that some of those cases don’t get to me, but I’m there for those kids. I love kids and I get satisfaction from getting the children out of the situations they’re in and getting justice for them.”

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Funeral arrangements 

Thursday, April 21:  2 p.m. – 8 p.m. 
Friday, April 22: 11 a.m. until service 
Family Heritage Funeral Home
100 Albert Gallatin Ave. in Gallatin

Funeral Service 
Friday, April, 22: 1 p.m. 
Gallatin First Baptist Church
205 E Main St. in Gallatin 

Interment will follow at Crestview Memory Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ashley Smartt Scholarship Fund c/o Smartt Steps at 225 Molly Walton Drive, Suite C, Hendersonville, TN 37075 or The American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be submitted at