He was the son of Dr. Charles Henry W Burke & Melvina Jones. He was married to Louvada May on 6 May 1907. She was the daughter of Elza W May & Sarah Sally Dotson. They had five sons and five daughters.
Children: Heber H Burke 1908-1970 Edna Flora Burke 1910- H Edith Burke 1911-1913 Robert H Burke 1911- Herndon Don Burke 1911-1983 Ethel Mae Burke 1915-2003 Ruby I Burke (Logan) 1917-2002 Goldie R Burke 1919- Joseph E Burke 1922-1995 John W Burke 1924-