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03/26/19 - NNHS Newsletter - Jerry Burks

Gerald Edward Burks
(d. 21 Mar 2019)

Newport News High School Class of 1962

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We have more sad news today.   Jerry Burks, Class of 1962, brother of the late Kay Burks McCormick ('65), passed away in Hampton on Thursday, March 21, 2019. 

From the Daily Press and R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home - 03/26/19:

    Gerald Edward Burks


    HAMPTON - Gerald Edward “Jerry” Burks departed this life for his heavenly reward on March 21, 2019.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Terry, and his mother, Lois Burks Davis, both of Hampton; daughter Stephanie Sarris (Jim) and grandson, Zachary of Smithfield; and daughter Margaret Ann Frazier (Michael) of Leesburg, VA. He is also survived and cherished by his mother-in-law Betty Sullivan, sisters-in-law Marcia Houske (Joe) and Cindy Brown, brother-in-law Michael Sullivan (Sarah), and nieces Megan Fields (Shaun) and Kallie Brown.

He was preceded in death by his father W.R. “Dick” Burks and his sister Mary “Kay” McCormick.

Jerry Burks
  Jerry graduated from Virginia Tech in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. After a few years of working in a CPA firm and as the comptroller for Wornom’s drug stores he realized he was an entrepreneur at heart and opened Burks’ Bookkeeping and Tax Service in 1968. Jerry spent the next 50 years building and growing the business where many clients became friends. He recently retired but continued to serve as a consultant and mentor for the staff.

Jerry followed his father Dick into Masonry, where he found lifelong friends. He was Past Master of both Monitor and Poquoson Lodges and a 33rd Degree Mason. He was active with the Grand Lodge of Virginia’s Committee on Work for more than 20 years and was the National Sojourners’ Past Commander of the Heroes of ’76.

Jerry was also passionate about his alma mater Virginia Tech. He was proud to become a member of the VT Alumni Old Guard and always enjoyed attending his class reunions in Blacksburg. He was an enthusiastic Porsche collector and driver. He and Terry enjoyed many driving adventures with the First Settlers Porsche Club, including the opportunity to drive his Porsche on the track at VIR. Jerry and Terry shared an appreciation and love of lighthouses and enjoyed traveling to visit many of them on both coasts.

Jerry faced several health challenges over the years and his family and friends were always amazed by his positive outlook and perseverance, which showed his fighting spirit. He continued to live life his way, enjoying it the fullest and he was a source of strength, infinite wisdom, and inspiration to everyone who knew him.

Jerry was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and participated in many of the church's activities. He loved his church family and found them to be a great source of comfort and inspiration in his faith journey. When Jerry and Terry joined their discipleship group, it was ironically called “The Beacons”.

A celebration of Jerry’s life will be held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hampton on Thursday, March 28th at 2:00 p.m. The family will receive visitors at the church prior to the service beginning at 1:00 p.m., with reception to follow the service.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The American Cancer Society or Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

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Published in the Daily Press on March
26, 2019.
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March 26, 2019 

Terry, I know Jerry will be missed but I also know the two of you had a great life. My condolences to all in the family. Tim

~ Timothy Fisher, Newport News, Virginia

March 26, 2019 

Jerry was so much fun to be around. He will be missed so much. Jerry was to all who knew him a good man, a friend, brilliant, and most important a Christian man. I will miss you and be here for your beloved Terry. Rest in peace.

~ Sandra Green, Hampton, Virginia

March 26, 2019   

To the Burke family

My sincere condolences. Jerry will surely be missed. My god hold you in the palm of his hands.

March 26, 2019 

Terry, our condolences to you. Please know we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

~ Steve and Julie White

March 26, 2019  

I am so sad to hear this news, Jerry was special to so many!
Please know you are in in my prayers for peace and comfort. Jerry memories will be with us always. Sending God's blessing

~ Maria Owens, Newport News, Virginia

March 27, 2019    

Dear Lois,

Don and I are so sorry to hear about Jerry. We will pray for your family. I remember when Jerry and Kay were young and you were Don's secretary at the 9-inch Tunnel.
Our best to you and Jerry's family.
Love, Virginia and Don Coletti, Sunnyvale, CA

March 27, 2019  

Harry and I dearly loved Jimmy, he was the sweetest and kindest man we've ever known. You are all in our prayers. - See more at:

I will always remember our memorable times at Córdoba apartments where Jerry lived in the apartment under me. He loved me but hated my job as a police officer. So many memories.. so little time.. my heart and prayers are with you all. You have a beautiful family! God bless you all!

March 27, 2019  

My old B Squadron rat buddy will be missed. He always had a smile to brighten the day of those around him. Terry, we thank you for loving him, and wish you all the best.

~ Al Austin, Brisbane, Australia

March 27, 2019    


I am so sorry to hear that Jerry passed away. He was such a kind and gentle man with a giving spirit, and will be greatly missed. I have you and the Burks family in my heart and prayers.

~ Linda Bartgis, Hampton, Virginia

March 27, 2019   

Stephanie and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this sad time. So sorry to hear Jerry has passed away. He was a great guy with a great personality. We already missed him each year preparing our taxes. I know he is missed by so many. Take care, David and Sheila Haskard

~ Sheila and David Haskard, Hampton, Virginia

March 27, 2019  

You will certainly be missed by many, my dear sweet cousin. May you rest easy in the arms of the Lord.

~ Carolyn Powell, Hampton, Virginia

March 28, 2019  

Gayle and I always enjoyed talking with Jerry and Terry at Porsche events about "life" and cars. Best wishes and thoughts.

March 28, 2019  

Dear Lois, Terry, and family,
While we were saddened at Jerry's passing, as I recounted my memories of him in my mind ,I kept hearing his great laugh and it brought a smile to my face. Mary and I have you in our prayers.

March 28, 2019  

Jerry was such an inspiration and a dear friend through the years, not only to us but to many. His cheerful personality, wisdom, and courage will be missed. Our prayers are with you during this sad time.
Rex and Patti Walker

March 2
8, 2019 

We are so very sorry to hear of Jerry's passing.
We will miss him so much.
You are all in our prayers.

~ JD and Caroline Frantz, Smithfield, Virginia

March 2
8, 2019 

Although we only know the Burks from sitting behind them in church, we were so very sorry to hear of Jerry's passing! Our thoughts and prayers are with the family!

Tom and Cheryl Hooks

~ Thomas Hooks, Hampton, Virginia

March 2
8, 2019 

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

~ Your cousin Brenda, Hazel' dau Guarisma, I daytonŕ, Florida

March 2
9, 2019 

Some of us are blessed to cross paths in this life with the few that are very special like Jerry. I look forward to crossing that path again with him and hearing that laugh.
Jeff Nance

~ Jeff Nance, Norfolk, Virginia

March 31, 2019  


   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Jerry's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

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  Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done

Text: Anonymous Latin; translated by Francis Pott (1832-1909)
Music: Giovanni P. da Palestrina; arranged by W.H. Monk (1823-1889)
Tune: VICTORY, Meter: 888 with Alleluias

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The strife is o'er, the battle done,
the victory of life is won;
the song of triumph has begun.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The powers of death have done their worst,
but Christ their legions hath dispersed:
let shout of holy joy outburst.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The three sad days are quickly sped,
he rises glorious from the dead:
all glory to our risen Head!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
He closed the yawning gates of hell,
the bars from heaven's high portals fell;
let hymns of praise his triumphs tell!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Lord! by the stripes which wounded thee,
from death's dread sting thy servants free,
that we may live and sing to thee.

"The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done" midi (extracted with the kind assistance of my son, Nathaniel Harty of IL)
and lyrics courtesy of - 10/26/10
Thanks, Nathaniel!

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 01/27/05

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

Masonic Emblem courtesy of - 06/15/07

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