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Winnie Lynn Burris, 39, of Old Fort, Tenn., passed away Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, as the result of an automobile accident in Loudon County, Tenn. She was a beloved mother, daughter, family member, friend and coworker. She was a member of Boanerges Baptist Church, where she loved to sing. Her son, Riley, was her pride and joy. She will be missed dearly by everyone.
She worked at Life Care of Cleveland for 19 years who were her second family. She never met a stranger and was loved by everyone that knew her.
She was preceded in death by her son, Riley Burris; stepfather, Alfred White; maternal grandparents, Sam and Winnie Mantooth; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Uless Self.
She also leaves behind her fur baby, Sophie, that will truly miss her love every day.
She is survived by her mother, Gayla White; father, Jimmy Johnson; brother, Dale Johnson; half-brother, Jimmy Johnson Jr.; stepbrother, Keith White; stepsister, Samantha Tucker; her daughter by choice, Kylie Lewis; and special friend, Mitch Armour.
Several cousins, extended family members and friends also survive.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Boanerges Baptist Church in Old Fort, Tenn., with the Rev. David Disney and the Rev. John Cain officiating. Interment will follow in Ball Play Baptist Church Cemetery in Old Fort, Tenn. A white dove release ceremony will conclude the service.
The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday prior to the service at Boanerges Baptist Church.
Pallbearers are Wayne Holder, Junior Mantooth, Caleb Shelton, Jeramie Mantooth, Ron Callahan and Mac Self.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Burris family guestbook at www.higginsfuneral.com.
Higgins Funeral Home of Benton, Tenn., is in charge of the arrangements.
Published on August 29, 2017
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