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Joe Jack Burks
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Birth: Apr. 30, 1928
Wood County
Texas, USA
Death: Jun. 3, 2007
Smith County
Texas, USA

Joe Jack Burks
Mr. Burks, 79, of Tyler died June 3, 2007, at Hospice of East Texas. Mr. Burks was born April 30, 1928, in Winnsboro, Wood County, to the late Jasper "Jack" Benjamin and Dovie Lee Jacobs Burks.

Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2007, in the chapel of Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home, private family burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Officiating are Dr. Stuart Baskin and Rev. Ward Livingston.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Marie Hill Burks of Tyler. He is survived by two sons and two daughters-in-law, Larry and Janet Burks of Tyler, Jerry and Debbie Burks of Tyler; three sisters, Mrs. Margie Baker of Hobbs, N.M., Mrs. Frances Carlson Wyman of Tyler, and Mrs. Joye Baggett of Slidell, La.; four grandchildren who were the delight of his life, Jody Marie Burks of Auburn, Ala., Jason Joe Burks of Houston, Mrs. Jennifer Burks Davis of Frisco, and Brian Jerry Burks of Houston; one sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Harlan and Mary Hill Hall of Longview.

Mr. Burks graduated from Mineral Wells High School in 1945 and was Captain of the Texas All-State Football Team under Coach T.W. Carpenter. Joe was elected as a Texas All-State Football player. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS Chicago heavy cruiser, one of the first ships into Tokyo, Japan, Harbor after World War II. He graduated with highest honors in accounting from Tyler Junior College. He then joined Squyres, Johnson and Squyres accounting firm. Mr. Burks was a 52-year Tyler Rose Nurseryman and President of Certified Rose Growers Inc. He designed several award-winning Tyler Rose Festival floats in the 1960s, was President of the Texas Rose Research Foundation in Tyler and Texas Rose Festival Procurement chairman. He was a President of the Texas Association of Nurserymen, recipient of the Texas Outstanding Nurseryman Award, a President of the United States All-America Rose Selections, and served on the Board of Governors for the American Association of Nurserymen.

Mr. Burks was a former President of the Tyler Optimist Club.

He was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Honorary pallbearers are members of the Mr. and Mrs. Sunday School Class.

The family asks that memorials be made to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701; or First Presbyterian Youth Fund, 230 West Rusk St, Tyler.

Published in the Tyler Morning Telegraph on 6/6/2007.
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  Ruth M Burks (1928 - 2000)*
*Calculated relationship
Rose Hill Cemetery
Smith County
Texas, USA
Created by: Rex Kirby
Record added: Jan 10, 2010
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Joe Jack Burks
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