Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN


October 8, 2012

Ruth Burgess

CROSSVILLE — Sept. 24, 1943—Oct. 4, 2012

Much loved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, Cora "Ruth" Elmore Burgess, was called home Oct. 4, 2012. Funeral services were held at Bilbrey Funeral Home Oct. 6, 2012, with Dr. Ronnie Mitchell officiating.

Born to John and Emma Elmore in Crossville Sept. 24, 1943, she was the youngest of 10 children. She is preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Mazelle Pruitt, Dimple Norris, Dorothy Wilbanks, Martha Daves and Edward Elmore, and beloved in-laws, Jesse "Red" Burgess and Nell Turner Burgess.

Her hobbies included flowers, pets and visiting friends, but most of all she enjoyed time spent with her family, especially her four grandchildren. She had many precious friends and was a member of East Ridge Baptist Church for several years.

Survivors include Verble Bruce Burgess, her lifelong love and husband of 51 years; daughter and son-in-law, Royce and Tammy Pruitt, of Dandridge, TN; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Jennifer Burgess, of Signal Mountain, TN; and grandchildren, Jonathan and Sara Pruitt, of Whittier, CA, Jessica Pruitt, of Knoxville, and Nathan Burgess and Amelia Burgess of Signal Mountain, TN. Also left behind are her siblings, Mary Edith McNew, Betty Maxwell, Jack Elmore, Joseph and Thelma Elmore, all of Crossville, along with Jerry and Myra Burgess, of Chattanooga, TN, and Elmo and Georgia Burgess, of Macomb, MI, and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were David Williams, James Edward Elmore, William Locklear, Josh Locklear, Jackie Elmore, Joshua Elmore and Steve Daves.

The family would like to give special thanks to friend and neighbor Julia Grimes, and their faithful pastor Ronnie Mitchell. God has shown love and mercy through many of his people.

Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. ( was in charge of the arrangements.

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