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Udean Burke

May 18, 1933 February 21, 2016
Udean Burke
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Elmer Udean Burke, age 82, of Maiden passed away Sunday, February 21, 2016, six months after the death of his beloved wife of 63 years, Nancy Barringer Burke. Born May 18, 1933 in Lincoln County, he was the son of the late Elmer Preston Burke and Pinkie Turbyfill Burke.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by his son, Timothy Dean Burke; and a brother, Charles Ray Burke.

Udean married the love of his life, Nancy, on December 1, 1951. He graduated from Furman University in 1964 with a degree in Music Ministry and Education. He returned to Newton as Minister of Music and Education and worked at First Baptist Church in Newton for several years. The Burke’s moved to Asheville in 1967 to serve at Merrimon Avenue Baptist Church where Udean was Minister of Music and Education. In 1976, Udean and Nancy founded Christian Tours and returned to their native town of Maiden in 1982 to serve others in the tour business. Among his many business ventures, Udean loved his farming business and the gratification of making things beautiful, as is evident in the land encompassing Christian Tours and the Diddley-Dadburn Tree Plantation. Udean loved people and his easy-going and tell-all personality enabled him to touch many lives. He had a contagious smile and never met a stranger. Above all else, Udean loved the Lord. He was a member of Mt. Anderson Baptist Church in Maiden. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by:

Daughter: Mellonee Burke Owenby and husband Sonny of Maiden

6 Grandchildren: Aaron Burke, Heather Owenby Paul, Sundee Burke Jones, Melissa Owenby Jones, Jonathan Burke and Evan Owenby

Daughter-in-law: Susie Roberts Burke of Maiden

Brother: Rondel Burke and wife Becky of Lincolnton

Sister: Rebekah B. Josey of Maiden

Sister-in-law: Carolyn L. Burke of Maiden

15 Great-Grandchildren, 1 Great-great grandchild

The family will receive friends on Thursday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Mt. Anderson Baptist Church in Maiden.

The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, February 26, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at Mt. Anderson Baptist Church in Maiden. The family will be available to greet friends after the service at Mt. Anderson Baptist Church Family Life Center.

A private burial will be held at Center View Baptist Church in Maiden.

Memorials may be made to Gideon’s International.

Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Burke family.


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Receiving of Friends

Thursday

25

Feb

4:00 PM 2/25/2016 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 2/25/2016 7:00:00 PM
Mt. Anderson Baptist Church

4818 South 16 Hwy
Maiden, NC 28650

Mt. Anderson Baptist Church
4818 South 16 Hwy Maiden 28650 NC
United States

Funeral Service

Friday

26

Feb

3:00 PM 2/26/2016 3:00:00 PM
Mt. Anderson Baptist Church

4818 South 16 Hwy
Maiden, NC 28650

Mt. Anderson Baptist Church
4818 South 16 Hwy Maiden 28650 NC
United States
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