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Mary Faye Barnett

Mary Faye Barnett, age 69, 329 Norton Hollow Road, Erwin, passed away Thursday morning, May 9, 2013, at Johnson City Medical Center.
She was a native of Erwin, a daughter of the late A.R. and Ada Metcalf Rice. Mrs. Barnett was a longtime faithful member of First Assembly of God. She was a loving and devoted wife, mom, grandmother, sister and friend.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Paul Dean Rice, Howard Rice, Joe Rice and Jackie Rice; one sister, June Lewis.

Mrs. Barnett is survived by her husband of 50 years, AJ Barnett; two daughters: Angela Frey and husband, Johnny Tipton, Unicoi, Amy Joan Sadler and husband, Matt, Erwin; three grandchildren: Andrew Inman, Adam Keys and Macy Sadler; two great-grandchildren: Aiden Keys and Dylan Keys; three step grandchildren: Aaron Sadler, Christian Tipton and Hannah Tipton; two brothers: Wayne Rice and wife, Martha, Unicoi, Johnny Rice and wife, Rebecca, Erwin; one sister: Patsy Setzer, Elizabethton. Special pet: Jake. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral service for Mrs. Barnett will be held at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, May 11, 2013, from the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Ralph Crass and Reverend Steve Cochran will officiate. Special music will be provided by Inez Chandler. Active pallbearers will be Andrew Inman, Adam Keys, Johnny Rice, Matt Sadler, Billy Rice and Johnny Tipton.

The family will receive friends prior to the funeral service between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Saturday.

The committal service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 13, 2013, at Love-Ayers Cemetery. Those attending are asked to meet at the funeral home by 9:00 a.m. Monday to go in procession to the cemetery.

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Barnett family through our complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at

Robert Ledford Funeral Home and Chapel, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Barnett family. (423) 743-1380.