Frances Randolph Burnett

August 8, 1927March 1, 2018

Frances Littell Randolph Burnett joined the heavenly choir of angels early Thursday morning, March 1, 2018. You may have known her by Frances, Fluff, Mom, Aunt Fluff or Grammy. She was a strong and independent wife and mother challenging her family to do the same. She enjoyed 90 wonderful years of love and life.

Frances was a Registered Nurse beginning her career as a private duty nurse while her children were young. Later she earned certification as a Certified Occupational/Industrial Health Nurse working for DuPont, Combustion Engineering, Barry of Chattanooga, completing her career with ICI America’s, operator of Volunteer Ordinance. She also served with various professional nurses’ associations for Chattanooga and Tennessee.

In addition to her long service on various committees for Grace Episcopal Church, she enjoyed her work with Forward, a grief support group for many years. Reading was a favorite hobby for Frances. Often reading three books a week, she and the Chattanooga Public Library were great friends. Many days of her life she could be found working with flowers in her yard as another favorite pastime. For many years, she and her husband enjoyed square dancing at Allemande Hall formerly in East Brainerd.

She was a graduate of the class of 1945 from Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport Tennessee. Her nursing education was completed at Petersburg Hospital School of Nursing, Petersburg, Virginia.

Frances was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, William E. Burnett, Jr.; parents, William Moray and Naomi Ruth Randolph of Kingsport Tennessee; sister, Sara Ruth Caswell Fine, also of Kingsport and grandson, Alexander(Alex) Beets of Rogersville, Tennessee .

Celebrating her life are her children, Judith Burnett and Terry Lee Burnett both of Chattanooga, Elizabeth (Spike) Pannell of Huntsville Alabama and William E. (Nancy) Burnett,III of Dalton, Georgia; grandchildren, David (Brandy)Beets of Soddy Daisy, Zachary (Ashley) Burnett of Ringgold Georgia, Roy (Christina) Pannell, Clayton (Anjulie) Pannell and Richard (Jessica)Pannell all of Huntsville, Alabama and Randy Jo (Patrick) Mullaney of Collierville Tennessee; great ,grand-children include, Asher Beets, Ethan and Logan Earls, Jonathan Weeks, Kiya and William Burnett,William, Lillie, Elizenn and Anniston Pannell, Harrison and Brenlin Mullaney, a host of nieces and nephews and a dear cousin, Carl (Elliott)Moore of Bristol Tennessee. Thousands of friends will miss her comforting presence.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, 2018 in the Barth Room of Grace Episcopal Church, 20 Belvoir Avenue, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 37411.

A Funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 5, 2018 at the church with The Reverends, April Berends, Zack Nyein, Eric Broeren, and Susan Butler officiating. Interment will be at 1:30 p.m. on Monday at the Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons and great- grandsons including, David Beets, Zach Burnett, Clayton Pannell, Richard Pannell, Ethan Earls, and Logan Earls.

In lieu of flowers, the family invites donations to Grace Episcopal Church to support the ministries and mission of the church, 20 Belvoir Avenue, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 37411 or a charity of your choice.

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Arrangements by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 7414 Old Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37421.


  • Visitation Sunday, March 4, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 5, 2018

Frances Randolph Burnett

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Dianne & Jan Pannell

March 3, 2018

The heart that your mother had for others is a rare gift to the many people who had the privilege to know her and be blessed by her. There’s a special place in all of our hearts for our mothers, just like there’s a special place in every mother’s heart for her children. You must continue to carry her memory in that special place in your heart. Children and grandchildren continue the legacy their mothers begin. Your mother has built a strong legacy that I know will continue on.
Please accept our condolences.

Jan & Dianne

Dana Moore

March 2, 2018

The children of Ann and Carl Moore will always have such fond memories of Fluff, Aunt Sarah, Aunt Naomi, and all the fun in our early years growing up.
We learned how to be strong and independent people by watching their strength and persistence.
Take good care of our Janet when you get to heaven.
With love in our hearts, Cindy, Randy and Dana