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Lynn Shrum

Lynn C. Shrum was born into this world on October 16, 1930 in Macon County, Tennessee to the late Herlie Benton Shrum and Melvin Olline Smith Shrum. On Wednesday, June 28, 2023, the angels carried Lynn to his Heavenly Reward at the age of ninety-two years, eight months, and twelve days.

Lynn grew up on a farm learning how to raise and harvest crops and vegetables. He attended a one-room school house in the Pisgah community. As a young man, he enjoyed fox and coon hunting. He had several trophies to show for his hunts. He also enjoyed riding horses and was a member of the local saddle club. Lynn grew up in a generation to parents who, when revival time came, laid aside their crops and work and took their children to church. He heard the gospel and was saved as a sixteen-year-old boy. He joined Brattontown Missionary Baptist Church in 1946 and remained a member there until his passing. Lynn met the love of his life, Ruthie Elizabeth Leath, and then entered the army. During that time, they corresponded frequently by letters.

After he was honorably discharged, he and Ruthie continued to date for thirty years before they married on June 22, 1977. During this time, Lynn was a farmer, ran a sawmill, and served as a deputy sheriff. Lynn and Ruthie were married for eighteen years before her passing in January of 1995. He and Ruthie shared a love for their family whom they enjoyed cooking and canning for each year. Lynn shared a great bond with his only sister, Patsy Wilson, who he went to see every day, if possible. Sometimes he would stop by multiple times a day just to say “hello”. Not only were they brother and sister, they were the best of friends. After Ruthie’s passing, he continued his love of flowers and gardening. He enjoyed sharing his harvest with family, friends, and strangers. He canned jars of jelly, relish, pickles, and assorted vegetables and brought them to the beauty salon where his niece Penny Hale worked. He was known for making rice bags, and it brought him great joy to give these things to people. Mostly, Lynn was a man of few words and gentle soul. He was never heard speaking ill of anyone. He wasn’t perfect, but if we all had a heart like Lynn, the world would be a better place today. Lynn will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved him.

Mr. Lynn Shrum is survived by; Sister, Patsy Wilson and husband, Vic; Sister-In-Law, Wanda Shrum; Nieces and Nephews, Penny Hale and husband, Anthony, Larry Wilson, Deborah Miller and husband, Barry, Tina Norman and husband, Randy, Ronnie Shrum and wife, Shelia, Keith Shrum and wife, Sandy, and Kenny Shrum. A host of Great Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Funeral services for Mr. Lynn C. Shrum were conducted on Friday, June 30, 2023, from The Chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Elder Anthony Hale officiating. Interment followed in the Eulia Cemetery. Pallbearers were; Larry Wilson, Ronnie Shrum, Keith Shrum, Kenny Shrum, Connor Thompson, and Braydon Thompson.

Alexander Funeral Home, Directors, in charge of arrangements. 615-666-2189 or