Although each of the original Inspirations (Archie, Ron, Jack, Troy and Martin) came from
extremely modest (read very economically challenged) beginnings, each of us will quickly tell you that we are very thankful
for our family backgrounds; and we thank God daily for our roots here in the Great Smoky
Mountains of North Carolina. The Inspirations probably owe most of our success over the
years to the simple family lives we were born into. Troy literally was born
and raised (for you city folk, that's "country talk" for 'reared') in a log
cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains of Swain County.
Troy began singing with the Inspirations at age 13; and during
his 27 years with the group, he recorded over 50 albums. He graduated from Swain County
High School; and after leaving the group, he attended
Southwestern Community College and Western Carolina University. Troy is a
life-long resident of Bryson City.
In 2002, Troy ran for his party's nomination for the
Carolina House of Representatives from our
State House district, 119.
The primary was held Tuesday, September 10, 2002, and Troy garnered a healthy 41% of the
vote. Not bad for a political newcomer! His great grandfather, Fide Hyde, was a brother to Ben Hyde, the grandfather
of a former State Senator from Buncombe County, the Honorable Herbert Hyde; so there is a
background of politics in his family.
Troy and his wife Tammy have two
children (Chris and Trey).
Their youngest son, Trey, graduated from Swain County High School,
Class of 2002, where he distinguished himself in sports, as well as
academics. He then attended the University of Tennessee.
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Troy's Father, Richard
W. Burns, 72, formerly of Bryson City, died unexpectedly on Saturday, November 9, 2002, in
Largo, Fla. A native of Swain County, he was the son of the late Dexter and Dessie Hurley
was a retired employee with 30 years of service in the maintenance department of the
Department of Transportation, and he was blessed to spend 13 years in retirement. Richard
was a member of Rock Creek Baptist Church and was a bluegrass music lover. He was also an
excellent mandolin player.
Richard was preceded in death by a son, Troy's younger brother, C.D. Burns. Long time
Inspirations' friends may remember that C. D. was in a tragic light airplane accident
which occurred while he was a passenger in a new plane attempting to land at the then
Bryson City air strip, Sossamon field. He is survived by Troy and his wife, Tammy, of
Bryson City; two grandchildren, Chris Burns of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Trey Burns of
Knoxville, Tenn.; two great-grandchildren, Drew and Shannon; four sisters, Hazel Willis of
Franklin, Blanche Upton of Maiden, Mary Longwith of Bryson City and Barbara Clark of
family received friends from noon to 2 p.m., Thursday, November 14, at Crisp Funeral Home
in Bryson City. Visitation was followed by services at the funeral home with the Rev. Eddie Deitz officiating. Many of the original Inspirations were
on hand to sing.
followed in Swain Memorial Park.