AUGUSTA, GA- Entered into rest Friday, August 4, 2006 at his residence. Mr. Burkeen of Golden Avenue. Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, August 9, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. from The Historic Springfield Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. E. T. Martin, Pastor officiating. Interment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park w/Military Honors. The family will receive friends at the funeral home this evening, Tuesday, August 8, 2006 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Mr. Burkeen was the son of the late Oscar Burkeen and Evelyn Burkeen, Chattanooga, TN. He attended the public schools of Hamilton County in TN and later joined the U.S. Army where he served in the Vietnam War. He also attended North Carolina State University. During his life span he worked as a Real Estate Broker, Insurance Agent, and an Advertising Executive, and he was the owner of Multi-Media of Augusta. He was member of the Historic Springfield Baptist Church where he served on the Executive Board, and the Layman's Ministry. He was a member of the Augusta Canal Authority , Augusta African -American Historical Committee, Inc, the Finance Chairman of the Historical Committee Historic Springfield Baptist Church and many other organizations. Survivors are his devoted wife, Ruby Burkeen; daughter, Richelle (William) Wormly; son, RiShaun Burkeen; two step sons, Gerald (Donna) Butler, Tony Butler; mother, Evelyn Burkeen; sister, Marlene Sisney; mother-in-law, Ruth Leaverette; three sisters-in-law, Shirley H. Mack, Betty Fryar and Evelyn Oates; brother-in law, Hollis Brewington; eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; a devoted niece, Pamela Mack, and a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. Friends may call at the residence on Golden Ave, Augusta, GA 30906 or W. H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA 30901 (706) 722-6401.
The Augusta Chronicle-August 8, 2006