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Our Staff



Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

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Michael & Tina Burke

Driven by a passion for the Lord and compassion for people, Michael joined the Burke Mortuary Staff in 2000. Along with being a stockholder, Michael serves as a Funeral Director, and his wife of 30 years, Tina, as a part-time secretary at Burke Mortuary in Newton. Their son, Bradley, joined the business in 2009, proudly making three generations of Funeral Service providers. Their daughter, Kristen, is employed by Christian Tours; and her husband, Wesley Dellinger, is employed by Liberty Mutual Insurance. They were blessed on November 4, 2012 with their first grandchild, Colby Weston Dellinger. Michael and Tina are active members of Mt. Anderson Baptist Church where they both serve as Sunday School teachers and Michael as a Deacon. Michael is also involved with Southern Gospel Music where he serves on the NQC Board of Directors. He also owns and operates TCA in Maiden.


"Love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself." Luke 10:27

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W. Mitchell Turner

Since 1983 I have been active in the funeral business, my dad, the late Peter Turner and I owned a burial vault company, Turner Vault. In 1991 I attended Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, Georgia and became a licensed funeral director and embalmer. I have 23 years of experience and am a stockholder in Burke Mortuary. My wife, Regina Little Turner, and I have been married for 27 years and have two sons, Dustin and Lee Turner. Dustin is presently attending Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, Georgia and upon completion will be joining the team at Burke Mortuary. Lee Turner attends Maiden Middle School. I am a 1984 graduate of Maiden High School and a charter member of Cornerstone Church in Maiden. My family is a focus for me and so are the families I serve during their time of need.

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Bradley Ray Burke bradleyburke@burkemortuary.com

First of all, Thank You for visiting our new website designed from the ground up for the families that we are honored to serve. I am a stockholder, a third generation Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer, and Graduate from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, Ga. I am an active member of Mt. Anderson Baptist Church in Maiden where I also serve as a Deacon. I am married to Rebecca Little Burke of Monroe, NC. It is my true passion to care for the families that we serve, to give them an unmatched level of care and personal attention, as we honor the life lived. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to give me a call.

 

"Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms." 1 Peter 4:10

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K. Vickie Downing-Repass

I am a NC licensed Funeral Director/ Embalmer, a NC licensed Cosmetologist and I have an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Catawba Valley Community College. I am a Catawba County Notary Public and a member of the Conover Lions Club. I grew up in Catawba County and I live in Conover. My husband is Dennis W. Repass and I have 2 grown children, Danay and Damon Downing and two grand-puppies!

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Dustin Turner

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Kris Williams Poovey

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Carolyn Burke

Carolyn Burke, stockholder and wife of co-founder, Charles Burke, helps as needed at both Burke Mortuary locations. She stays busy these days spoiling her six great-grandchildren. She is an active and charter member of Cornerstone Church in Maiden.

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Franky & Donna Burke Goodson

Franky and Donna Burke Goodson, stockholders in Burke Mortuary, are residents of Maiden, NC, where they have owned and operated Goodson Bus Sales for 17 years. They are also involved, along with other investors, in S.T.I. Charter in Maiden. As dedicated Christians, the couple are members of Mt. Anderson Baptist Church where Franky serves as a deacon and Donna is an active choir member. They have two children; April, who is married to Rev. Matt Rummage, and Greg, married to Rachel Cochran. Franky and Donna are family oriented and are very much involved in the lives of their four grandchildren. They approach their involvement in Burke Mortuary as a ministry of helping others cope with the loss of loved ones. This is a very personal mission since they have both experienced this loss.

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Harvey "Butch" & Brenda Fox

Harvey "Butch" and Brenda Fox , stockholders in Burke Mortuary, and one of the original founders, are retired and active members of West Side Baptist Church in Maiden. Brenda enjoys doing various crafts and making decorations for the church. They also enjoy traveling and going to antique tractor shows. They have spent many years serving the community through the ministry of Burke Mortuary.

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Wayne & Peggy Parker

Peggy and I are very proud to be apart of the Burke Mortuary Team. We have been with them for more than twelve years. It has been a great privilege to work with people and get to know a lot of people, by making their experience easier during their time of bereavement. Peggy and I are both retired from a local utility. We are active members of Mt. View Baptist Church of Maiden and fill various positions within the church. I love to travel with the NC Baptist Men Disaster Relief Group in helping where nature has played havoc within the lives of people. Wayne is a active member of the Maiden Masonic Lodge. We have one Daughter Tracy, her husband Michael and our two Grandchildren, Noah and Lydia, which we are very proud of.

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Gary & Susan Carpenter

Gary retired from Branch Banking and Trust, better known as BB&T, in 1998. Throughout his thirty-four years in banking, he served as a branch manager, retail lender and vice-president of mortgage lending. He has been a lifelong member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Claremont where he has served as president of the congregation, deacon, choir member, choir soloist and member of various committees. As the recipient of the Meritorious Public Service Award, he devoted twenty-two years of service to the City of Claremont as councilman and mayor pro-tem and was active in community drives and fundraisers during his tenure. He dedicated years of volunteerism to Catawba County United Way and cancer drives. Early in her educational career, Susan was a high school Spanish teacher at St. Stephens High School. Upon completion of her Master's Degree in Counseling, she served as a counselor at Bandys High School for twenty-three years. Her years in the educational arena presented opportunities of service outside of Catawba County; namely, member of the Counselor Advisory Board at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and member of the Scholarship Selection Committee for the C.C. Cameron and Colvard Merit Scholarships at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her community activities included membership and president of Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry Board of Directors, St. Mark's church choir and other areas of volunteerism as Catawba County United Way and March of Dimes. Gary and Susan Carpenter reside in Claremont and celebrated their fortieth wedding anniversary on December 16, 2012. They enjoy traveling and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill basketball and football sporting events.

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In Memory: Charles Burke

Charles Ray Burke, age 75, of Maiden, NC passed away unexpectedly September 23, 2011 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Born September 18, 1936 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Elmer Preston Burke and the late Pinkie Turbyfill Burke. Charles was a member of Cornerstone Church in Maiden. Charles was born and raised with a heart and love for gospel music. From a child, he sang in church and was singing in a real Southern Gospel Quartet by the age of 18. Through the years, he devoted countless hours and support to the industry, being most distinguished by his ownership of the Singing Americans and service as a Board Member of the Southern Gospel Music Association and National Quartet Convention.


His many business ventures blessed him with countless friends who will cherish his vibrant personality and gift for story-telling. His generosity and love of people is best expressed through the ministry of Burke Mortuary where he served as President.

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In Memory: Foy Williams

Frank “Foy” Williams, 80, of Maiden passed away December 26, 2014 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. Born July 9, 1934 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late George Avery Williams and the late Nancy Amanda Holdsclaw Williams. He was a member of Lawings Chapel Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was retired after 43 years from Midstate Mills and was one of the founders of Burke Mortuary where he would serve his community with dignity and understanding. Foy Williams was initiated into the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina at Maiden Lodge 592 in Maiden, NC on May 18, 1962. Foy served as Master of the Lodge in 1966 and continued serving the Lodge in Maiden and Freemasonry in NC where he attained the esteemed position of District Deputy Grand Master and served three years in that capacity. Brother Williams was a longtime member of the “Ragtops” earning support for the children and their families served by Shriners Hospitals for Children. From October 1967, Brother Foy also was a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Charlotte where he entered in 1964. He served there in several official positions. For many decades, he served in each and every Spring and Fall Reunion until his duty to family prevented him from continuing in that capacity. Brother Williams was selected to receive the 33rd degree on November 3, 1991. This past November, he was recognized for achieving 50 years of service to the Scottish Rite Body of Freemasonry. In Charlotte, a dinner was served, and a special presentation was made before members and guests. Brother Foy was active in his Lodge, serving in many positions and was a continuous servant of the members, as coach, mentor and companion. It was due to his personal efforts, in large part, that the recently completed Lodge at 1310 West Maiden Road was able to be completed. In honor of Brother Foy and his wife, Barbara, who was active along with Foy in the Order of Eastern Star, the dining/multipurpose room in the lodge was dedicated as ”Williams Hall.” Foy was a regular and active member of the Eastern Star until this most recent downturn in his health. His humor, warm regard for the craft and the community and his upright conduct will surely be missed. Brother Foy Williams was ever true to his trust.

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Danny & Karen Propst (Retired)

I am a funeral directors assistant and have been in the funeral business for 15 years.  Karen is employed with the US Postal Service as a city carrier in Newton.  I was born in Catawba County and have lived in Maiden for more than 35 years.  Karen and I have been married for 36 years and are active members of Fairview Baptist Church in Maiden where I serve on the advisory committee and in many other capacities.

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Janie Beard (Retired)

Janie Beard is a native of Catawba County and has been with Burke Mortuary in Maiden as  office manager since 2004. A lifelong member of Old St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Newton, a former Sunday school teacher, choir member and active in the women of the church. Recently, she has been attending Mt. Olive Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in Newton where she enjoys worship and taking part in weekly bible studies. She loves spending time with her family, especially her great-grandchildren and her Yorkshire terrier, Jordan.  Reading, taking walks and enjoying a good movie is on the menu for relaxing.  She resides in Maiden, her husband passed away in 1994, they had three children; five grandchildren and now she has been blessed with three great-grandchildren.

Michael & Tina Burke

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Driven by a passion for the Lord and compassion for people, Michael joined the Burke Mortuary Staff in 2000. Along with being a stockholder, Michael serves as a Funeral Director, and his wife of 30 years, Tina, as a part-time secretary at Burke Mortuary in Newton. Their son, Bradley, joined the business in 2009, proudly making three generations of Funeral Service providers. Their daughter, Kristen, is employed by Christian Tours; and her husband, Wesley Dellinger, is employed by Liberty Mutual Insurance. They were blessed on November 4, 2012 with their first grandchild, Colby Weston Dellinger. Michael and Tina are active members of Mt. Anderson Baptist Church where they both serve as Sunday School teachers and Michael as a Deacon. Michael is also involved with Southern Gospel Music where he serves on the NQC Board of Directors. He also owns and operates TCA in Maiden.


"Love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself." Luke 10:27

W. Mitchell Turner

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Since 1983 I have been active in the funeral business, my dad, the late Peter Turner and I owned a burial vault company, Turner Vault. In 1991 I attended Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, Georgia and became a licensed funeral director and embalmer. I have 23 years of experience and am a stockholder in Burke Mortuary. My wife, Regina Little Turner, and I have been married for 27 years and have two sons, Dustin and Lee Turner. Dustin is presently attending Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, Georgia and upon completion will be joining the team at Burke Mortuary. Lee Turner attends Maiden Middle School. I am a 1984 graduate of Maiden High School and a charter member of Cornerstone Church in Maiden. My family is a focus for me and so are the families I serve during their time of need.

Bradley Ray Burke

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First of all, Thank You for visiting our new website designed from the ground up for the families that we are honored to serve. I am a stockholder, a third generation Licensed Funeral Director/Embalmer, and Graduate from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, Ga. I am an active member of Mt. Anderson Baptist Church in Maiden where I also serve as a Deacon. I am married to Rebecca Little Burke of Monroe, NC. It is my true passion to care for the families that we serve, to give them an unmatched level of care and personal attention, as we honor the life lived. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to give me a call.

 

"Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms." 1 Peter 4:10

K. Vickie Downing-Repass

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I am a NC licensed Funeral Director/ Embalmer, a NC licensed Cosmetologist and I have an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Catawba Valley Community College. I am a Catawba County Notary Public and a member of the Conover Lions Club. I grew up in Catawba County and I live in Conover. My husband is Dennis W. Repass and I have 2 grown children, Danay and Damon Downing and two grand-puppies!

Dustin Turner

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Kris Williams Poovey

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Carolyn Burke

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Carolyn Burke, stockholder and wife of co-founder, Charles Burke, helps as needed at both Burke Mortuary locations. She stays busy these days spoiling her six great-grandchildren. She is an active and charter member of Cornerstone Church in Maiden.

Franky & Donna Burke Goodson

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Franky and Donna Burke Goodson, stockholders in Burke Mortuary, are residents of Maiden, NC, where they have owned and operated Goodson Bus Sales for 17 years. They are also involved, along with other investors, in S.T.I. Charter in Maiden. As dedicated Christians, the couple are members of Mt. Anderson Baptist Church where Franky serves as a deacon and Donna is an active choir member. They have two children; April, who is married to Rev. Matt Rummage, and Greg, married to Rachel Cochran. Franky and Donna are family oriented and are very much involved in the lives of their four grandchildren. They approach their involvement in Burke Mortuary as a ministry of helping others cope with the loss of loved ones. This is a very personal mission since they have both experienced this loss.

Harvey "Butch" & Brenda Fox

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Harvey "Butch" and Brenda Fox , stockholders in Burke Mortuary, and one of the original founders, are retired and active members of West Side Baptist Church in Maiden. Brenda enjoys doing various crafts and making decorations for the church. They also enjoy traveling and going to antique tractor shows. They have spent many years serving the community through the ministry of Burke Mortuary.

Wayne & Peggy Parker

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Peggy and I are very proud to be apart of the Burke Mortuary Team. We have been with them for more than twelve years. It has been a great privilege to work with people and get to know a lot of people, by making their experience easier during their time of bereavement. Peggy and I are both retired from a local utility. We are active members of Mt. View Baptist Church of Maiden and fill various positions within the church. I love to travel with the NC Baptist Men Disaster Relief Group in helping where nature has played havoc within the lives of people. Wayne is a active member of the Maiden Masonic Lodge. We have one Daughter Tracy, her husband Michael and our two Grandchildren, Noah and Lydia, which we are very proud of.

Gary & Susan Carpenter

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Gary retired from Branch Banking and Trust, better known as BB&T, in 1998. Throughout his thirty-four years in banking, he served as a branch manager, retail lender and vice-president of mortgage lending. He has been a lifelong member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Claremont where he has served as president of the congregation, deacon, choir member, choir soloist and member of various committees. As the recipient of the Meritorious Public Service Award, he devoted twenty-two years of service to the City of Claremont as councilman and mayor pro-tem and was active in community drives and fundraisers during his tenure. He dedicated years of volunteerism to Catawba County United Way and cancer drives. Early in her educational career, Susan was a high school Spanish teacher at St. Stephens High School. Upon completion of her Master's Degree in Counseling, she served as a counselor at Bandys High School for twenty-three years. Her years in the educational arena presented opportunities of service outside of Catawba County; namely, member of the Counselor Advisory Board at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and member of the Scholarship Selection Committee for the C.C. Cameron and Colvard Merit Scholarships at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her community activities included membership and president of Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry Board of Directors, St. Mark's church choir and other areas of volunteerism as Catawba County United Way and March of Dimes. Gary and Susan Carpenter reside in Claremont and celebrated their fortieth wedding anniversary on December 16, 2012. They enjoy traveling and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill basketball and football sporting events.

In Memory: Charles Burke

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Charles Ray Burke, age 75, of Maiden, NC passed away unexpectedly September 23, 2011 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Born September 18, 1936 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Elmer Preston Burke and the late Pinkie Turbyfill Burke. Charles was a member of Cornerstone Church in Maiden. Charles was born and raised with a heart and love for gospel music. From a child, he sang in church and was singing in a real Southern Gospel Quartet by the age of 18. Through the years, he devoted countless hours and support to the industry, being most distinguished by his ownership of the Singing Americans and service as a Board Member of the Southern Gospel Music Association and National Quartet Convention.


His many business ventures blessed him with countless friends who will cherish his vibrant personality and gift for story-telling. His generosity and love of people is best expressed through the ministry of Burke Mortuary where he served as President.

In Memory: Foy Williams

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Frank “Foy” Williams, 80, of Maiden passed away December 26, 2014 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. Born July 9, 1934 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late George Avery Williams and the late Nancy Amanda Holdsclaw Williams. He was a member of Lawings Chapel Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was retired after 43 years from Midstate Mills and was one of the founders of Burke Mortuary where he would serve his community with dignity and understanding. Foy Williams was initiated into the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina at Maiden Lodge 592 in Maiden, NC on May 18, 1962. Foy served as Master of the Lodge in 1966 and continued serving the Lodge in Maiden and Freemasonry in NC where he attained the esteemed position of District Deputy Grand Master and served three years in that capacity. Brother Williams was a longtime member of the “Ragtops” earning support for the children and their families served by Shriners Hospitals for Children. From October 1967, Brother Foy also was a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Charlotte where he entered in 1964. He served there in several official positions. For many decades, he served in each and every Spring and Fall Reunion until his duty to family prevented him from continuing in that capacity. Brother Williams was selected to receive the 33rd degree on November 3, 1991. This past November, he was recognized for achieving 50 years of service to the Scottish Rite Body of Freemasonry. In Charlotte, a dinner was served, and a special presentation was made before members and guests. Brother Foy was active in his Lodge, serving in many positions and was a continuous servant of the members, as coach, mentor and companion. It was due to his personal efforts, in large part, that the recently completed Lodge at 1310 West Maiden Road was able to be completed. In honor of Brother Foy and his wife, Barbara, who was active along with Foy in the Order of Eastern Star, the dining/multipurpose room in the lodge was dedicated as ”Williams Hall.” Foy was a regular and active member of the Eastern Star until this most recent downturn in his health. His humor, warm regard for the craft and the community and his upright conduct will surely be missed. Brother Foy Williams was ever true to his trust.

Danny & Karen Propst (Retired)

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I am a funeral directors assistant and have been in the funeral business for 15 years.  Karen is employed with the US Postal Service as a city carrier in Newton.  I was born in Catawba County and have lived in Maiden for more than 35 years.  Karen and I have been married for 36 years and are active members of Fairview Baptist Church in Maiden where I serve on the advisory committee and in many other capacities.

Janie Beard (Retired)

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Janie Beard is a native of Catawba County and has been with Burke Mortuary in Maiden as  office manager since 2004. A lifelong member of Old St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Newton, a former Sunday school teacher, choir member and active in the women of the church. Recently, she has been attending Mt. Olive Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in Newton where she enjoys worship and taking part in weekly bible studies. She loves spending time with her family, especially her great-grandchildren and her Yorkshire terrier, Jordan.  Reading, taking walks and enjoying a good movie is on the menu for relaxing.  She resides in Maiden, her husband passed away in 1994, they had three children; five grandchildren and now she has been blessed with three great-grandchildren.