CLARECE ELIZABETH BROWN BURKS, age 74 of Winchester, Tenn. departed this life when the Lord called her home on Saturday, August 23, 2014, from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.

Ms. Burks was born in Decherd, Tenn., to the late John L. Brown  and Louvernia McFarland Brown on October 23, 1939, she was the second of eighteen children.

Ms. Burks was a very loyal and dedicated member of the New Hope Church of God in Christ in Cowan, Tenn. She served on the Mothers Board, sang in the choir, worked in the kitchen and anywhere else she was needed in the Church. Ms. Clarece began working for the Franklin County Board of Education in February of 1966 as an Education Assistant. She retired in May, 2001 after 35 years of service.

In addition to her parents, Ms. Burks was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Varnell Burks, son, Leroy Burks, Jr. and three of her siblings.

Ms. Burks “Meme” is survived by her five children; Patricia (Roger) Jelks of Winchester, Vanessa (Roderic) Richardson of Smyrna, Nona (Hubert) Hendon of Winchester, Shannon Burks, Millard (Lolita) Burks all of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and eleven grandchildren and twenty-four great-grandchildren.

Visitation with the family will be held from 11:00 A.M. until service time at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, August 30, 2014, at the New Hope Church of God in Christ, 300 Cowan Street, E., Cowan, Tenn., with Superintendent, Willie Bonner, Jr. officiating.

Interment will follow in the Franklin Memorial Gardens in Winchester beside her beloved husband.

Grant Funeral Services in charge of arrangements.flowers 7