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Scott Borum will long be remembered for his role in advocating health care for the elderly and infirm. Photo submitted

Originally published: 2014-02-18 13:43:13
Last modified: 2014-02-18 13:43:58

Death of Scott Borum leaves void

by Sherrie Norris

The unexpected death of Scott Borum on Saturday has left a void in the local health care community.
Borum, 50, was president of Borum Health Care LLC and operated Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation of Boone. He was also the owner of Johnson County Family Funeral Services LLC in Mountain City, Tenn.

Borum was considered a great man by those who know him, according to Sabra Townsend, longtime director of food services at Glenbridge.

"His death seems so unreal to us," she said. "He was a very caring man. I worked for him for 15 years. He was a very big part of all of our lives. His passing is going to leave a big empty space in our Glenbridge family."

Borum was known for making sure the residents of Glenbridge were given opportunities to enjoy life to its fullest. Several times each summer, he arranged trips to take residents to Watauga Lake, where they enjoyed the day on his boat.

Whether mobile or wheelchair bound, he made sure they were able to enjoy the day, accompanied by their caregivers and nurses to ensure their safety.
Borum enjoyed time at the lake with the residents and his staff members, but he especially loved the quality time he spent there with his family and friends while boating and fishing.

He also liked working on cars and was an avid Tennessee Volunteers football fan.

He was a 1982 graduate of McMinn High School in Athens, Tenn., and received business degrees from the University of Maryland at College Park and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill.
Borum was a veteran of the United States Army and worked at Walter Reed Medical Hospital in Washington, D.C., during his military service. He was of the Christian faith.

Husband and wife team, Greg and Pam Isaacs, who also worked for Borum for the 15 years he managed Glenbridge, said they, along with their co-workers, residents and family members were in shock when they received the news that he had suffered a stroke on Friday, and even more so, when they learned of his death, several hours later.

"We are taking it really hard," she said. "It's as if another family member has died. We have been with him for a long time; this is a very sad time for us."

Janice and Tim Baxter, and Janice's brother, Daniel Bryan, also have fond memories of Borum during the 14 years their mother, Pauline Bryan, was a resident of Glenbridge.
"He was a wonderful person with a big heart," Janice said.

"Our mother thought the world of Scott and loved to have her picture taken with him every chance she could. He always was willing and happy to do this for her. There were several pictures of Scott and Pauline on her walls (also some of his son, Josh, too), which brought such joy to her."
Borum cared deeply for the residents, family members and all of his staff at Glenbridge, Janice said.

"And it showed. If we ever needed anything, we could always count on Scott. He will truly be missed. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of his family," she said.

The son of Bob and June Snider Borum, Borum was a native of Athens, Tenn. He was a resident of Mountain City, Tenn., at the time of his death, which occurred at Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tenn.

In addition to his parents, Borum is survived by his wife, Jessica Vernon Borum; three daughters, Sarah Elizabeth Begely and husband, Nicholas, of Noblesville, Ind., Abigale Coralee Borum of Mountain City, Tenn., and Stella Grace Vernon of Mountain City, Tenn.; one son, Joshua Scott Borum of Windfall, Ind.; three grandchildren, Collin Begley, Gavin Begley and Keelan Rhea Borum; and several cousins also survive, as does his extended family, including his father and mother-in-law, John and Judy Vernon of Boone.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Coralee and Sam Snider and Sara and Glen Borum.
Services were held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17, in the Charles B. Hux Chapel of the Hux-Lipford Funeral Home in Mountain City, Tenn., with Dwayne Dickson officiating. The family received friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. prior to the service.

Military graveside service and entombment were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum of Love, directed by the Johnson County Honor Guard.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at