Patricia Ann Brummitt was born in Herrin, Illinois, a small town in southern Illinois. She was Valedictorian of her High School class in 1948. While her father was serving in WWII, he heard the call to ministry. Her mother was working at a defense plant, giving piano lessons after work and Saturdays, tending a Victory Garden, raising her younger daughter Marilyn, putting her husband though Seminary and her older daughter Pat though Southern Illinois University. Pat majored in Music and Minored in Education, earning a membership in the Honor Fraternity Phi Kappa Phi. While a Senior at SIU, she was Runner-Up for Class Queen.
Not long after college, she accompanied her Aunt Alene on vacation to Tennessee where she met the man who was to become the love of her life. He was home on leave from Korea, and his family lived next door to her aunt’s friends. After a blind date to Clingman’s Dome, he went back to serve, and they wrote letters for two years. A month after he returned in 1954, they were married. They raised two children and a plethora of dogs, cats, and horses, as they were both animal lovers.
The first 16 years of her career, Pat taught music. She was a gifted pianist and vocalist, having begun piano lessons at the age of four and continuing throughout her college career. As a child, she and her sister sang on a local radio program, which prepared her for the many years she stood in front of congregations as the choir director of the churches to which she belonged, despite her modest demeanor. Not long before moving to Tennessee, she shifted to teaching first and second grade. Once in Tennessee, after a couple of years in third and fourth grade, she finished the last years of her career in a first-grade classroom. She spent 40 years educating and loving children.
Pat was a devoted wife and mother, and her children and grandchildren have witnessed the beauty of a life dedicated to Jesus Christ. Her family can truly “arise and call her blessed.” She has run the good race, and now she rests comfortably in the arms of our Savior. Praise God we have the hope of reunion in His house, where He prepares a place for us. She is preceded in death by her husband: Eric Brummitt; Parents: Verba & Lawrence Burks. She is survived by:
Son: Stephen W. Brummitt
Daughter: Marjorie Ford (Norman)
Grandchildren: Nathan M. Ford, Ellen C. Ford, Keegan J. Ford
Sister: Marilyn Moore
Special Friend: Jennifer Vandever
And a host of nieces, nephews, and other extended family members and friends
The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 pm ET on Thursday, March 10, 2022, at the Lawnville Road Church of Christ in Kingston, TN. Funeral service will follow at 7:00 pm ET with Bro. Roger Carter officiating. Graveside and interment services will be on Friday, March 11, 2022, at 11:00 am ET in the Roane Memorial Gardens in Rockwood. Evans Mortuary is serving the family of Mrs. Patricia Ann Brummitt.