JoAnn Kite (Bell) Burchfield, 78, left her earthly home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Monday, November 2, 2020, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Greene County, Tennessee, on December 29, 1941, and later moved to Morristown. She was the first in her family to earn a Bachelor's of Education from East Tennessee State University, in 1963. She was a devoted Educator for 56 years. She did what she loved, teaching reading, and writing, at Witt Elementary, until a few weeks before her death. Even after retirement, she continued tutoring children throughout the Hamblen County School System.
JoAnn was a beloved member of Bethel Baptist Church for over 50 years. She was busy doing things she liked and had many interests, including gardening, and cooking for friends and family, but if anyone mentioned shopping, everything else took a back seat.
She was very active in her community, but her passion was pointing people to Jesus. She worked closely with Children of Hope for many years, and was best remembered for boldly sharing her faith with anyone who would listen, anywhere, at anytime. She adored spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild. She is survived by her children, Chris Bell (Tonya) and Shalain Bell Davis. Other survivors include her grandchildren, Anna Burnett, Dawson Bell, Karis Bell, and Kierstin Bell, as well as her great granddaughter, Lainey Grace Miser.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, November 5th from 4:00-6:30pm at Bethel Baptist Church. The funeral will immediately follow. A graveside service will be held on Friday, November 6th at 11:00am at St. Paul Cemetery.
To celebrate JoAnn's life, memorials may be given or donations sent to Children of Hope Ministries at PO Box 217 Morristown, TN 37815
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