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Bill Eugene Burk
Birth: Nov. 11, 1932
Death: Apr. 24, 2008

Author, Journalist. He was a close friend and a top authority on the life, career, and death of musician Elvis Aaron Presley. A 1949 graduate of the South Side High School, and later a graduate of the Memphis State University in 1958, Burk began his career as a journalist working for the United Press International, and the Memphis Mirror, before joining the Press-Scimitar in 1957. An author of over 13 books about the King of Rock and Roll, and a contributor to as many as 21 other books, he also worked as a free-lance writer. Among his works are, "Elvis: 30-Year Chronicle" (1985), "Dot...Dot...Dot: The Best Of Bill E. Burk" (1987), "Elvis: Through My Eyes" (1987), "Early Elvis: The Humes Years" (1990), "Elvis Memories: Press Between The Pages" (1992), "Soldier Boy Elvis" (1992), "Early Elvis: The Tupelo Years" (1994), and "Elvis In Canada" (2005). He was also a contributor to several magazines, newspaper articles, a founder of Propwash magazine, and a co-founder with his wife of the Elvis World magazine. He was well known for probably having written more newspaper articles (over 400) about Presley than anyone else. His ability to get interviews with school friends, teachers, neighbors, and workmates, of the singer also earned him the nickname of 007. One of his finest works the "Early Elvis Trilogy" is regarded as one of the best books ever written about Elvis, while his works are considered collectibles with prices as high as $70.00 to $500.00. A former lieutenant colonel with the United States Air Force he served in Korea and Vietnam. He was also a pilot with more than 9000 hours logged, a superb athlete, a radio sports host, a television commentator, a member of the Screen Actors Guild, and sometime actor. He was also the recipient of several awards including the Scripps-Howard Columnist of the Month Award three times, and the Tennessee UPI Columnist of the Year Award twice. He died from a heart attack. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Hannah Frances Waters Burk (1937 - 2010)*
 
 Children:
  Micheal Eugene Burk (1961 - 2007)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery
Memphis
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA
 
Created by: K
Record added: Apr 30, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26506812
Bill Eugene Burk
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Bill Eugene Burk
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Bill Eugene Burk
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After 3 years I still have my moments where I think "I should call Bill" but at the same moment I painfully realize that I can't call him anymore...I'll never let you part Bill, because you're always in my heart.
- just a friend
 Added: Apr. 24, 2011
still thinking of you
- Tw. Ros
 Added: Nov. 16, 2010
Think of you often, Bill.
- Sherri
 Added: May. 26, 2010
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