Mary Faye Burnum

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Mary Faye Burnum of Harriman, passed away Thursday, Oct.­­ 18, 2018, and joined her loving husband of 61 years, who she longed to be reunited with.
She was born May 20, 1939, in Harriman and was a lifelong resident of Roane County. She was a member of Laurel Bluff Baptist Church. Faye worked several years for the Roane County News and later retired from Roane County Health Department, where she had worked in the WIC Department. She enjoyed sewing, cooking and singing gospel songs. She also loved watching Hallmark movies.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Ray Burnum; parents, Lenoir and Mary Hamilton; grandsons, Rhett Lyle and Dustin Crass; and 12 brothers and sisters.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, who were also her loving caregivers, Melinda and Steve Soest of Harriman, children, Tammy Lyle of Paint Rock, Rebecca Brummett of Chattanooga, Johnny Burnum of Ten Mile; 17 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; special grandchildren, Shanna "Sunshine" Lyle, Richard "Richie" Crass, and Devon Soest; special great-grandson, Rickey Crass; special nephews, Bill Scarborough and Gary Burnum; and dear friend Rhonda Patterson of Kingston.
She will always be remembered for her gentle and loving nature which embraced not only her family and friends but her faithful, loyal and devoted poodle, Rambo.
A private graveside service was held at Midway Church of God Cemetery 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, with Rev. Dr. Jeff Sledge, chaplain, Amedisys Hospice officiating.
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Kingston, TN 37763
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Published in Roane County News on Oct. 26, 2018