John Ray Burnum, age 82, of Kingston, passed away Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at his home. He was born February 17, 1935 in the Laurel Bluff community and was a lifelong resident of Roane County. He was a United States Army veteran who served his country proudly during the Korean War as a Spec. Third Class. After returning from the military, he married the love of his life, Mary Faye Hamilton. He attended Mars Hill Baptist Church in earlier years. Ray had worked as a Kingston Police Officer, also a Constable, Deputy & County Commissioner. He retired from the Y-12 Nuclear Plant where he worked in maintenance for thirty-one years. He was a member of Labors Local No. 818 and Teamsters Union ATLC. He enjoyed hunting, visiting different car lots and taking road trips when his health permitted. Anyone who knew Ray could tell you that it was nothing for him to venture off the beaten path, down a road he’d never traveled just to see where it would take him. Preceded in death by his parents, Hubert Orlando & Catherine Mae Ladd Burnum; grandson, Dusty Crass; brothers, Sammy, Otis, Paul & Ralph; sisters, Anna Grace, Elsie, Lily, Cecil, Leona, Belle, Rosemary & Myrtle.
Loving Wife of 61 years
Mary Faye Hamilton Burnum of Kingston
Tammy Lyle & husband, Sam of Paint Rock
Rebecca Darlene Brummitt & husband, Dewayne of Chattanooga
Johnny Burnum & wife, Debbie of Ten Mile
Melinda Soest & husband, Steve of Kingston
16 Grandchildren, 15 Great-grandchildren and 1 Great-great-grandchild
Gary Burnum of Kingston
A host of dear friends
The family will receive friends 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Friday, December 22, 2017 at Fraker Funeral Home with funeral service following at 3:00 pm, in the chapel with Dr. Tommy Patterson and Rev. Randy Griffis officiating. Interment will follow the service at Midway Church of God Cemetery with full military honors conducted by the Roane County Honor Guard. Online register book can be signed at www.FrakerFuneralHome.net. Fraker Funeral Home of Kingston is in charge of all the arrangements.