Aletha Faye (Rasar) Everett passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, September 16, 2020. She was preceded in death by: parents, John Clifford and Beulah (Kilpatrick) Rasar; stillborn brother, Alexander; husband, James Raymond Everett, Sr.; son, John Edward Everett. Preacher Faye (as she was lovingly called by her children, family and friends) was a determined fighter until the very end of her life. She was a faithful member of Piney Level Baptist Church. Faye was a direct descendant of the John Oliver family in Cades Cove through her paternal grandmother (who was a midwife) Cora Jane Webb Rasar. After the death of her mother, she was raised by her maternal Aunt Nanny (Kilpatrick) Burns and her husband, Ed Burns. Nanny and Ed Burns also raised another niece, Mildred (Harmon) Millsaps, whose mother (Grace Kilpatrick Harmon) was Nanny and Beulah’s sister. Faye’s Uncle Ed and Aunt Nanny paid for her to take piano lessons because Rocky Branch Bethel Church needed a piano player and this led her down the Christian pathway of singing in churches. Faye was a devoted mother, who loved the Lord and her family with all her heart. After she married and had children, she taught her children to love the Lord, sing and play the piano, too. She is survived by: son & daughter-in-law, Jim & Lori Everett of Walland; daughter & son-in-law, Sandy & Ron Johnson of Seymour; beloved grandson, Conner Everett; special cousins, Ronnie & Donna Inman; special buddy, Brandon Rexwinkle, and extended family and friends. Special thanks to Blount Memorial Hospice, especially Patti for their care and help over the last six months of her life. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you make donations to Piney Level Benevolence Fund, 3527 Piney Level Church Rd, Maryville, TN 37803. Friends may call at their convenience from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM, Friday, September 18, 2020 and from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM, Saturday, September 29, 2020 at Smith Chapel. Family and friends will assemble for graveside service and interment at 2:00 PM, Sunday, September 20, 2020 at West Millers Cove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Jim Everett, Rev. Rex Everett, Rev. Ronnie Inman, and Rev. George Macht officiating. For everyone’s safety please wear a mask and observe social distancing. Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, www.SmithFuneralandCremation.com.
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