Leuna Elam

Leuna Elam (Vanover)

Monday, June 10th, 1935 - Monday, July 13th, 2020
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Leuna Elam, age 85 years, 1 month, and 3 days, passed away Monday July 13, 2020 at the Beech Tree Manor in Jellico, Tennessee and was placed into the care of the Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 16, 2020 at 11:00am in the Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery. Burial was also in the Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery.

She was born on June 10, 1935 in Whitley City, Kentucky to the late Charlie Vanover and the late Elsie (Crabtree) Vanover. Leuna was the widow of Rev. Nathaniel “Kenneth” Elam and was a long-time member of the East Appletree United Baptist Church. She was a devoted wife, mother, and friend who enjoyed camping, fishing, crocheting, and reading her bible. She loved spending time with her family, whether it was playing board or video games or just a simple gathering.

She is preceded in death by: one brother, Larry Vanover; and four sisters, Lola Hansford, Ruby Griewe, Wilma Stephens, and Mildred Bryant.

At the time of Mrs. Elam’s passing she was survived by her sister, Jean Justus. Sadly, Mrs. Justus passed away only 12 hours later.

Leuna is survived by a large host of loving family including: one son, Kenneth “Mike” Elam and his wife Karen, of Stearns, Kentucky; one daughter, Cathy Darlene King and her husband Jerry, of Stearns; one brother, Bill Vanover and wife Carla, of Somerset, Kentucky; two sisters, Vivian Turner and her husband Lonnie, of Bethel, Ohio, and Pat Terry, of Bronston, Kentucky; four grandchildren, Kenneth Michael Elam Jr. and wife Nicole, Jerry King, Trevor King,and Jaimee King; and great-grandchildren, Hallie Strunk, Garret Strunk, Samuel Elam, Rylee King, Taylor King, and Preslee King.

The Hickman-Strunk Funeral Home was honored to serve the family of Mrs. Leuna Elam
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Service Details

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, July 16th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Thursday, July 16th, 2020 11:00am
    Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Robert Hatfield
  • Interment

    Thursday, July 16th, 2020 |
    Thursday, July 16th, 2020
    Lower Hickory Grove Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Stearns, Kentucky 42647
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Posted at 08:36am
One of the sweetest, kindest women I've ever known. Some of my best childhood memories are of Leuna. Always so bubbly and caring. I always looked forward to going to her and Ken's place when they lived in Hamlet. On Friday nights, she let us stay up late and watch the Cool Ghoul and Roller Derby.

Linda Becker

Posted at 11:44am
Mike, Darlene and family,
I have so many fond memories growing up with Aunt Nooni and Uncle Tie Tie :) I have so many stories to share with you sometime. She could be quite the prankster too! I wish we could be with you at this time. Much love to you all. ❤️

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