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Fannye Doris Holden Scruggs Rorer
Fannye Doris Holden Scruggs Rorer

Fannye Doris Holden Scruggs Rorer, 87, left this world for her eternal reward on Saturday, April 23, 2016, while tapping a finger to her favorite hymn, Amazing Grace.

A 63-year resident of Williamsburg, Fannye’s greatest joys were her faith, family and friends. Some of her happiest moments were spent with loved ones enjoying simple pleasures including picnics, pool outings, walks, church gatherings, birthdays, Christmas Eve, and many happy July days on the banks of the Tellico River at annual family reunions in Tennessee.

Raised in Englewood, Tenn., Fannye grew up surrounded by a large and loving family in the faith-filled warmth of Englewood Baptist Church. After moving to the Williamsburg area in 1953, Fannye became an active member of Williamsburg Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher for many years.

Fannye earned her nursing degree from East Tennessee Baptist Hospital in 1951. As a nurse, she cared for her patients with great compassion for 52 years. She was proud to have had the privilege of caring for thousands of patients as a registered nurse at Bell Hospital, Eastern State Hospital, and Williamsburg Community Hospital.

Fannye gracefully endured more than 10 years with Alzheimer’s Disease, teaching us the value of patience and faith. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Billy Stokes Scruggs Sr.; second husband, William E. Rorer Sr.; parents, Margaret Isabel and Charles Cleveland Holden Sr.; and eight siblings, Vivian, Sue, Charles, Wayne, Dean, Lloyd, Mamie and Hugh.

Left to continue her legacy of love and faith are her children, Tresa Bobbitt (Larry), Billy Scruggs (Shari), Lee Scruggs (Pam), William E. Rorer Jr. (Judy) and Brenda Lamb; and literally dozens of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. However, if you knew Fannye, you also knew you were part of her family from the minute you first saw her. Simply put, she was our bright, shining sun, and we were happy and blessed to have been in orbit around her.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Nelsen Funeral Home, Williamsburg. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at Williamsburg Baptist Church. The family will hold a private interment following services.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Williamsburg Baptist Church.

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