Ann Elizabeth Inman Exum, 92, of Sweetwater, Tennessee, left this earth for her heavenly home on Oct. 22, 2019.
Ann was born on Sept. 15, 1927, to George and Gladys Inman in Cuyahoga County, Cleveland, Ohio.
She was a member of Church Street United Methodist Church in Knoxville. She resided at Sweetwater Nursing Center in Sweetwater, Tennessee, for the past four years.
She is now joined with those who preceded her in death: her husband, Raymond Edward Exum, Jr.; daughter, Joyce Exum Olson; son, Riley Hall Exum; and brother, Dr. Charles Inman.
Ann was an interior decorator in New Canaan, Connecticut, and Knoxville, Tennessee, for many years. She was active in the community and served on the Knoxville Opera Company board. She co-chaired the Opera Ball for a number of years.
She loved holidays, decorating and she traveled the world extensively in her lifetime. She was an avid storyteller and started a storytelling club shortly after suffering a stroke.
She grew up during the depression in Cleveland, Ohio, and had many stories of hope and miracles during that sad time in history. Her father, George Inman, was the inventor of the fluorescent light bulb while employed with General Electric. Her mother, Gladys, was one of the first women in the country to receive a masters degree (from Columbia University).
Ann graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University, where she was the fourth generation in her family to attend. She also met her husband there.
Ann is survived by: her son, J. Scott Exum (Carol Ann Lang), of Escondido, California;
Daughter-in-law, Debbie Exum, of Sweetwater, Tennessee;
Daughter, Jennifer Exum, of Vista, California;
Grandchildren, Gena (Pat) Murphy, of Bluffton, South Carolina, Matthew Olson, of Sevierville, Tennessee, Aaron Olson, of Cortlandt Manor, New York, Andrew (Sarah) Exum, of Arlington, Tennessee, Joseph (Heather) Exum, of Lenoir City, Tennessee, Ashley (Doug) Loomis, of Dacula, Georgia, Annie MacKenzie, of San Diego, California, Meghan MacKenzie, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Timothy Lang, of Escondido, California, and Jennifer Lang, of San Diego, California.
Great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Kenzie and Patrick Murphy, Mary Katherine and Jack Loomis, Sean, Cate and Norah Exum;
Sister, Carol Everson, of Marblehead-Lakeside, Ohio;
Sister in law, Nancy Inman, of San Luis Obispo, California;
Many nieces and nephews.
The family received friends at Kyker Funeral Homes in Sweetwater on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, from 1-2 p.m. with the service following at 2 p.m. in Kyker’s Chapel with The Rev. Dr. Charles W. Starks, of Church Street United Methodist Church, Knoxville, Tennessee, conducting the service. Interment was at Forest Hills Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tennessee, immediately following the service. www.kykerfuneralhomes.com