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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512


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September 25, 1996                               Page 7B


james edward burke, sr.


            James Edward Burke, Sr. of Forrestville, Connecticut and Blairsville, GA dearly beloved husband, companion and father, died at his Forrestville home on Monday, September 16, 1996 after a long illness.  He was 67.  The cause of death was pancreatic cancer.  Mr. Burke was born in Waterbury, Connecticut August 27, 1929, son of the late Patrick and Edith Burke.  Mr. Burke attended Waterbury schools and was a graduate of the University of Connecticut.  He was a Korean War Veteran, serving with the 45th Infantry Division.  He retired in 1988, after a long teaching career, in the Bristol, Connecticut School System.  He then moved to Blairsville.

Mr. Burke is survived by his devoted family, his wife of 39 years, Kathryn Shea Burke, a daughter Maura Burke Albert of Canton, Ohio; 3 sons, James E. Burke, Jr. of Southington, CT, Sean Patrick Burke of Los Angeles, CA and Michael Matthew Burke of Southington, CT, two daughters in law, Audrey Clark Burke and Nancy Burke; a son-in-law, Patrick Albert and his adored and cherished granddaughter, Emily Burke of Los Angeles.  Two brothers, Patrick Burke of Cheshire, CT and William Burke of Watertown, CT.  One sister, Edith Maloney of Westchester, Ohio.  Predeceased by one brother, George Burke.

Jimís joys in life were his family, gardening, travel and reading.

There is profound sorrow at his passing, you will be sorely missed Jim.  God speed.

            Private grave side services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Charitable contributions in memory of James Edward Burke, Sr. may be made to Hospice Visiting Nurse Assoc. of Bristol, CT or Jimmy Carter Center, Atlanta, GA.  Amen.

September 25, 1996                               Page 7B


mrs. bonnie mae duckworth


            Mrs. Bonnie Mae Duckworth, 66, of Cleveland, Georgia, formerly of Blairsville, GA, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 20, 1996 in Blairsville.

Mrs. Duckworth was born on in Union County, Georgia, on November 30, 1929, a daughter of the late Mack and Sudie Deyton.  She was a homemaker and lived most of her life in Union County.  She was a member of Bunker Hill Baptist Church. 

            Surviving are her husband, Rev. Buford Duckworth, of Cleveland, GA; daughters, Retha Collins, Shirl Herr, and Susie Ellen Allen, all of Cleveland; daughters, Regina Buffington and Donna Renea Lovell, of Gainesville, GA; and son, Stanley Duckworth, of Cleveland; sisters: Mary Ramey, Flora Lee, and Myrtle Evans, all of Blairsville; brothers: Burley Deyton, Leon Deyton, and Bernie Deyton, all of Blairsville; thirteen grandchildren, and sixteen great grandchildren also survive.

            Funeral services were held Monday, September 23, 1996 at 2 p.m. from Old Liberty Baptist Church with Rev. Jimmy Smith and Rev. Jesse Savage ficiating (sic).  Special music was presented by Susie Jones.  Grandsons served as pallbearers with interment in the Church cemetery.

            Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville was in charge of arrangements.