BORUM, ED - age 60, passed away suddenly, May 6, 2014.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vester and Nell Borum; brother, Buck Borum; sisters, Bobbie Jean Beckett, and Joyce Woodburn; aunt, Edna Pendergrass; uncle, Patrick Tracy; and Ruby Earl, his "partner in crime".
He was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and lived in Wyoming as a child. He returned to live in Hixson, Tennessee where he attended high school.
Ed excelled in academics, sports, and extra-curricular activities. He was state champion in wrestling, and captain of his football team. Ed loved the game and continued to play at UTC until an injury ended his career. Ed loved the theatre and starred in several plays in college including his years at MTSU, he loved Shakespeare.
He received his bachelor's degree from MTSU, and he went on to study theology. Ed was ordained by the United Methodist Church in the Holston Conference, and pastored several churches at that time. Ed married in 1983, and welcomed his beautiful daughter into the world. He explored other callings, including local politics, and music. Ed was a prolific songwriter and was an integral part of the open mic community with many friends there.
In recent years Ed began his ministry with "Hope for the Hurting" a program based on Romans 15:13. Ed loved his ministry at Emerald Avenue United Methodist Church. He loved participating in the youth program, and had a ball with his food pantry pals. Ed was a sharp witted man with a genius I.Q., and he was incredibly funny. His bright eyes, infamous grin, and gentle love will be missed always.
He was survived by his ex-wife and friend, Jill Earl; daughter and son-in-law, Kara Earl Borum and Jason Grimaldi; son and daughter-in-law, Carl and Renee Rowntree; deeply cherished granddaughter, Leia Grimaldi; lifelong friend, Steve Weatherford; sister and brother-in-law, Faye and John Gilbert of Wyoming; brothers and sisters-in-law, Doyle and Donna Borum of California, Randy and Sheila Borum of Chattanooga; special cousins, Frances and James Mullinax; ex-sister-in-law and ex-brother-in-law Martha Earl and Walter Gawryla, and and various beloved nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Emerald Avenue United Methodist Church, 1620 North Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37917.
A "Celebration of his Life" will be held 4:00 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Emerald Avenue United Methodist Church with Pastor Jim Bailes and Reverend Bob Bean officiating.
Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at North Broadway is serving the family of Mr. Borum.
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