Mrs. Faye Burke Beaty, age 88, of Jamestown, passed away Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at Cumberland House in Crossville, Tennessee.
Faye was a retired educator with 31 years of dedicated service to the Fentress County School System. She taught every grade, but was a kindergarten teacher for seventeen years. She was a very caring, energetic, and enthusiastic teacher. Best known as “Miss Faye” to her students, she was always creating strategies to make learning more meaningful and fun for them. In 1988, she was named the Nashville Tennessean “Teacher of the Week.”
Faye was inspired and encouraged to become a teacher by her Aunt Cairletta, who was also a teacher. Prior to her teaching career, Faye was employed at the Jamestown Shirt Factory for approximately 8 years, where she made many lasting friendships.
Faye was born in Claiborne County, Tennessee on April 27, 1924. She was the daughter of the late Willard Glen Burke and Daley Mae Maddox Burke. She lived in Middlesboro, Kentucky until 1939, when she and her family moved to Jamestown.
Faye graduated from York Agricultural Institute and Tennessee Technological Uni-versity where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. It was at York where she met and later married her high school sweetheart, Clyde “Hutch” Beaty, who preceded her in death. Faye was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and very proud grandmother.
Faye was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Jamestown, where she sang in the choir in her earlier years. She had a love for music and a passion for reading. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She was also a loyal caregiver to her aunts, Cairletta and Sibyl, during their years of declining health.
Faye retired as a kindergarten teacher at York Elementary School in 1989. After retiring, she became an active member of the Fentress County and Tennessee Retired Teachers’ Associations. She also remained active in the classroom as a volunteer. She was always a welcome presence when she assisted in her daughter’s second grade classroom at Allardt Elementary School for several years. Teaching was a huge part of her life, and she touched the lives of so many students.
She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Mae (Patsy) Potter and husband, Lloyd, of Jamestown, Tennessee; beloved grandson, Evan Potter of Rossville, Georgia; special sister, Nancy Ramsey of Kingston, Tennessee; and half-brother, Ancil Burke of Middlesboro, Kentucky. Other special survivors include several nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and other family and friends for who she cared deeply.
In addition to her parents and husband, Faye was preceded in death by her brother, Ray A. Burke; half-brother, James M. (Jim) Burke; half-sister, Bonnie Burke; step-sister Marie Pickle; infant brother, Willard J. (Jimmy) Burke; grandparents, William Franklin Maddox and Margaret Williamson Maddox, and James T. Burke and Callie Monday Burke; aunts, Cairletta Maddox Monday, Sibyl Maddox Dunkelberg, Alvilda Maddox Sluss, Alice Burke Hill and Waldie Burke; uncles Clyde V. Maddox, Sillous Burke, Richard Burke, and Loy Burke.
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 23 at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Mundy Funeral Home with Brother Gale Hartley officiating. Internment followed at the Taylor Place Cemetery.
Pallbearers included Steven Burke, Brandon Burke, Clyde (Tom) Maddox, David Wayne Choate, Gregory Weaver, Greg Garrett, Bobby Murr and Bart Neely. Honorary pallbearers were Evan Potter, grandson; Lloyd Potter, son-in-law; Kyle Rogers and Doug Murr.
The Mundy Funeral Home of Jamestown, Tennessee was in charge of services.