Linda B. Burris

May 29, 2014

Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother

HAZELWOOD — Linda Gail Barker Burris, 63, of Amanda Road, passed away Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at The Homestead.

A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, she was the daughter of Alverta Presnell of Waynesville and is preceded in death by one brother, Roger Barker. For the past 16 years, she was employed at Evergreen Packaging’s Waynesville Plant on the No. 1 Paper Mill and was of the Baptist faith.  Linda was known for being very compassionate and kind and was full of love. Her passion in life was her family and she will be remembered forever as an amazing wife and a wonderful mother and grandmother.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 32 years, Lewis Burris; a daughter, Candace Sawyer, and her companion, Tony Hurst; son, Leslie Sawyer, of Waynesville; sister, Mary Ruth Barker, of Black Mountain; a brother-in-law, Tommy Burris, and his wife, Susie, of Waynesville; four grandchildren, Amaya Sawyers, Michelle Taylor, Kristen Messer and Joshua Gaddis; one great-granddaughter, Abigail Messer; and her special niece, Hollie Hughes, and her husband, Craig; great-nieces, Hanna, Hope and Haley; her mother-in-law, Helen Burris, of Waynesville; and her best friend in the whole wide world, Cheryl Best, and her mother, Pat Best.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 1, in the Waynesville Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the Rev. Barry Willett officiating.  Entombment will be at Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

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