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Samuel Victor "Bill" Burks
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Birth: Oct. 28, 1890
Ackerman
Choctaw County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Dec. 21, 1979
Sulphur
Calcasieu Parish
Louisiana, USA

Prof Burks was known by several names including "Bill" "Billly" "Uncle Billy" "B" "S.V." "Victor," and "Professor." Known as "Prof Burks" around Poteet, he served as school superintendent there from 1922 to 1937.
It was a twist of fate that landed the Burks Family in Poteet. At the recommendation of the family doctor, they had been en route to Arizona, hoping that the drier climate would relieve Mr. Burks' respiratory issues. They were intercepted in Texas by Dr. Chester C. Schotts, Sr., a long time friend of the family from their native Mississippi. Dr. Schotts convinced Mr. Burks to take the job in Poteet.
During his tenure at Poteet he made time to receive his college degree in Agriculture, then a Masters Degree in Educational Administration. This eventually led to an offer by Texas A&I to teach Agricultural Education, which he accepted in 1937. He continued with dual roles at A&I and Poteet until 1939, then moved his family to Kingsville. Changing careers in 1961, he began new endeavors at Kingsville First Savings and Loan in Kingsville. Earlier, he had organized and helped charter the organization.
Prof Burks finally retired in 1965, eventually moving to Sulphur, La. to live with his wife, Alice, at the home of their son and daughter in law.
Wherever he went Prof Burks earned the respect and affection of not only his students, but the local townsfolk as well. Many were his selfless contributions to those around him.

--With thanks to the Rutledge Cemetery Association
 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  George Samuel Burks (1859 - 1953)
  Amanda Wood Burks (1867 - 1894)
 
 Spouse:
  Alice Elizabeth Barnett Burks (1893 - 1989)
 
 Children:
  Mary Alice Burks (1919 - 1927)*
 
 Siblings:
  Charles Edward Burks (1886 - 1965)*
  Joseph Lee Burks (1886 - 1972)*
  Samuel Victor Burks (1890 - 1979)
  Mamie Burks Porter (1898 - 1981)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Rutledge Cemetery
Poteet
Atascosa County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: James Carroll Wheeler
Record added: May 11, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 89953591
Samuel Victor Bill Burks
Added by: James Carroll Wheeler
 
Samuel Victor Bill Burks
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- James Carroll Wheeler
 Added: May. 11, 2012
 
 
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