|Birth: ||Feb. 27, 1931|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Apr. 15, 2011|
Dea Glenny Donald Burroughs, affectionaly known as 'GD' was born in Newberry, South Carolina. As a lad, he attended public school in the Newberry County School System, where he graduated from Drayton Street High School in 1951. Immediately after high school, G.D. joined the U.S. Army for two years. At this time, he was a Quarter Master in operation NATO in Goose Bay Labrador, Alaska. Upon completing this task, he was relocated to Fort Lee, Virginia where he served as Chaplin Assistant until his two years were completed.
In 1953, using the G.I. Bill, he enrolled as a music student at South Carolina State College and received a B.A. Degree in Music Education. He also pledged Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity in 1957. After graduating, he obtained employment with the Terrell County School System at George Washington Carver High School where he served as a band and music teacher. In 1970, Mr. Burroughs relocated to Terrell High School where he became Terrell High School's Band Director. While holding this position, he decided to further his education in music and received a Masters in Music Education from Vandercook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois in 1971.
From 1957 until his retirement in1985, ‘GD' put Terrell County on the map as having one of the top high school bands in Southwest Georgia. His bands were invited to perform in all of the surrounding counties located in South Georgia for various functions. He was also a very active member of the South GA Story-Telling Association.
He was a dutiful member and Deacon of Sardis Missionary Baptist Church under the spiritual guidance of Rev. Willard O. Weston, Sr. where he served as the minister of music for over 30 years.
G.D. Burroughs befriended everyone. He was known to some, but loved by many. As an educator, he was compassionate, loving, motivating, and dedicated. For some, he was a father, a confidant, a role model, an inspiration, and a hero. To society, he was an icon; an epitome of a great man.
On Friday, April 15, 2011, a Soldier in the Army of the Lord completed his mission and reported to his Commanding Officer. Upon his arrival, he pulled off the Armor of God, laid down his sword and shield to study war no more. In addition to his parents, Dea. Burroughs was preceded in death by a grandson, Quinton Burroughs.
Precious memories and a legacy of love and faith in God is left to his wife of 50 years, Edna Wright Burroughs; son, Glenny D. Burroughs, III (TiJuana) , two granddaughters, Kivea and Cinnamon Burroughs, three grandsons, Marquavious Hightower, E4/SH3, USN Eric (Sametra) Burroughs and Martavious Johnson; two great-granddaughters, Leila Hunter and Markia Hightower; four very special, close and dear friends of the family, Margaret Johnson, Joanne Telfair, James Holley and Jack Johnson and a host of nieces, nephews and sorrowing friends.
Sat., Apr. 23, 2011
Terrell Middle High School Gymnasium (new school)
Rev. Willard O. Weston, Sr., Officiating
Cedar Hill Cemetery
Albritten's Funeral Service—Dawson, GA
In Charge of Arrangements
Cedar Hill Cemetery
Created by: GenGirl
Record added: May 01, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69202871
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