Jeffrey Allen Burnam, age 50, of Jasper, FL. passed away Friday, February 16, 2018 at Shands in Gainesville, FL. following an illness of some time.
Jeff was the son of Farrell C. and Marilyn Bembry Burnam, He was born in Valdosta, GA. on March 24, 1967. He was a graduate of Hamilton County High School and knew early on he wanted to pursue a career in education. Jeff attended his beloved Florida State University for his Bachelor's Degree and later attended and completed his Master's Degree and Specialist Degree at Valdosta State University. He began his career at Hamilton County Middle School as a seventh-grade math teacher and earned the title of "Coach Burnam" while coaching middle school football.
Jeff was always willing and eager to do more and so he went on to become the Head Baseball Coach at Hamilton County High School and took great pride in being able to coach both of his daughters in youth league softball. His enthusiasm for sports was obvious when you read his weekly commentary in the Jasper News, "In the End Zone".
Jeff's career in education took him to Echols County for two years where he served as assistant principal before returning to his beloved Hamilton County and his last post as principal at North Hamilton Elementary. Jeff went far above and beyond in his capacity as principal. He loved each and every one of his students.
He was dedicated to working with parents to improve the educational experience for each child and Jeff was a huge supporter of his teachers and staff. It was that extra drive and willingness to work hand in hand with his teachers and students that earned North Hamilton Elementary the "A" rating that he was so very proud of. Although he loved being principal and the notoriety of being "Coach Burnam", more than anything else he loved his family. He was so very proud of daughters Lindsey and Brooke. He made sure that he did his part in preparing them for life by giving them the foundation every child deserves. He gave them the opportunity to recognize and know Jesus Christ as their Savior.
He believed in the Lord and wanted his children to have that foundation. Jeff was very involved in First Baptist Church in Jasper and served as active deacon for a number of years. He had a beautiful voice and was an active member of the church choir. Jeff supported the Lyons Club as long as they were active in the community but his obituary would be far from complete if it did not include mention of his enthusiastic support of "his" Florida State Seminoles. Any one that knew Jeff, knew of his love for the Seminoles. To say he was a fan would not accurately express his dedication. Jeff was loved by so many for his dedication and contribution to his community. He will be missed by all who had the honor of knowing him.
Survivors include his two daughters and son-in-law, Lindsey and Cody Underwood of Middleburg, FL. and Brooke Burnam of Tallahassee, FL.; his parents, Farrell and Marilyn Burnam of Jasper; his brother and sister-in-law, Scott and Lori Burnam of Hahira, GA.; his maternal grandmother, Lillian Bembry of Jasper, FL.; a grandson, Bennett Alan Underwood; niece, Madelyn Burnam, nephew, Tyler Burnam and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 19, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Jasper, FL. with Pastor Roger Hutto officiating. Interment will follow at Burnham Church Cemetery near Jennings. The family will receive friends on Sunday at First Baptist Church in Jasper between the hours of 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Harry T. Reid Funeral Home, Jasper, FL. is in charge of arrangements.
Published on February 16, 2018