Joyce Burchett, Mother of Knox Mayor, Dies at Age 87

Joyce Hicks Burchett, mother of Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, died in her sleep at Tennova Residential Hospice on Wednesday after a three-year battle with heart and lung ailments. She was 87.
From the News Sentinel obituary
She was a Christian, an educator, an airplane pilot and a friend to the “roughnecks” who hung out with her youngest son, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett.
She prayed for people she had never met, she always rooted for the underdog and she once beat cancer.
“My momma was an incredible woman,” the mayor said. “She wasn’t one of those people that you had any doubt about.”

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