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Riley Thomas Burris, 13, of Old Fort, Tenn., passed away Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, as the result of an automobile accident in Loudon County, Tenn. He was a kind, loving young man who loved everyone unconditionally. He was a member of Boanerges Baptist Church. His faith in our heavenly father was strong and he blessed every person he met.
He was always quick with a smile or funny comment, and his personality filled the room. He volunteered at Life Care, where his mother was employed. His summers were spent going on mission trips to Memphis, Tenn., with the youth group of Boanerges Baptist Church. He loved being a part of the "Street Reach" and the time he shared with the less fortunate children there.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Winnie Lynn Burris; stepgrandfather, Alfred White; paternal great-grandparents, Tommy and Maxine Burris and Don and Ann Swann; maternal great-grandparents, Sam and Winnie Mantooth.
He is survived by his father, Stephen Burris; brother, Devan Burris; sister, Suhmer Burris; grandparents, James and Linda Burris; grandmother, Gayla White; grandfather, Jimmy Johnson; and sister by choice, Kylie Lewis. Several aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and classmates 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.
Serving as pallbearers will be Eddie Lamb, Michael Stafford, Matthew Vineyard, Brandon McTaggart, Greg Johnson, Jesse Burdin, Toby Williams and Danny Williams. Honorary pallbearers are Bo Frank, Alex Gibson, Cole Gibson, Peyton Nelms, Chase Bivens, Chandler Goins, Christian Smith, Nic Burdin and Brock Trew.
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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