Eleanor Snow Burns, age 86, died on Friday, November 24, 2017 of natural causes in her hometown of Smithville, Tennessee. She was born on May 23, 1931, to Robert Lee and Virgie Mangum Snow. Eleanor was one of eleven children: Howard Snow (deceased), Robert Snow (deceased), Wiley Snow (deceased), Carl Snow (deceased), Willie Snow (deceased), Edgar Snow of Knoxville, TN, Frances Snow Poss (deceased), Joanna Snow Moore (deceased), Elizabeth Snow Edwards (deceased) and Mary Snow Morgan of Dayton, OH.
If you could choose one attribute for Eleanor, it was loyalty to her family. Eleanor was also known for her independent spirit, generous heart, and quick wit. She was a fun-loving cheerleader, and a scrappy basketball player in high school. She married the late Hugh Burns of Fayetteville, TN on Christmas Eve, 1955, and they remained happily married until Hugh’s passing in 2003. Eleanor and Hugh met during his employment with the Smithville Review newspaper. The young couple eventually moved to Nashville, where Hugh joined the John H. Harland Company. They moved to Orlando, FL in 1965, and then to Atlanta, GA in 1969. Eleanor and Hugh loved traveling the world; they rode camels by the Great Pyramids, danced through Italy and trekked the Great Wall of China.
Eleanor was a proud and an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and The Mayflower Society, tracing her father’s Snow family lineage to the Stephen Hopkins family of Plymouth Colony in 1620. She was also an accomplished amateur artist, and her paintings adorn the homes and offices of many of her extended family.
Eleanor is survived by her son, Terrence Burns and his wife Daniela of Atlanta, and her granddaughter Anna Burns and her husband Bryce Evans of Los Angeles.
Pallbearers are Dwayne Snow (nephew), Ed Snow (nephew), Jeff Morgan (nephew), Jerry Poss (nephew), Harry Poss (nephew), Ryan Magness (grandnephew), Buzz Ruffin (nephew-in-law) and Robin Treadway (nephew-in-law). Honorary pallbearers are her beloved nieces and nephews, some of whom she named, helped raise and all of whom she loved like her own all of her life.
Visitation will be from 4-8pm on Wednesday, November 29th, and services at 1pm on Thursday, November 30th, at the Love Cantrell Funeral Home, 100 E Church Street, Smithville TN 37166.