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Rubel Elijah "Barney" Burcham
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Birth: Sep. 30, 1923
Death: Feb. 16, 1992

Rubel Elijah 'Barney' Burcham of Memphis, who played guitar at Memphis Recording Service before Elvis Presley recorded his first songs there and later had his own record on the Moon Records label, died Sunday at his home. He was 69. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel with burial in Memory Hill Gardens. Mr. Burcham, of 2870 Knightway Cove, was a retired master toolmaker and supervisor of the tool and die department at Hunter Fan Co. for 40 years. He worked as a guitar player and vocalist at Meteor Records in Memphis. Mr. Burcham wrote his single record release, "Chain of Broken Hearts." He co-wrote "I Fell" with Cordell Jackson, who owned Moon Records. On Monday night, Jackson said, "Barney's record was the second single that I released on my record label...He was a real good musician." Mr. Burcham's recordings are on display in the Mud Island Museum Memphis Music Room between those of Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. He was a Mason and an Army Air Corps veteran and was affiliated with Christian Heritage Church. He leaves a daughter, Phyllis Andrea Burcham of Memphis; two sons, Rubel Andrew Burcham of Collierville and Dr. R. F. 'Rick' Burcham of Collinwood, Tenn.; two sisters, Ruth Hagen and Sibyl Birmingham, both of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and two grandsons. (Published in The Commercial Appeal 2/18/1992)

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  Robert Lee Burcham (1894 - 1966)
  Della Byrd Burcham (1895 - 1979)
  Dot I McKelroy Burcham (1922 - 1970)*
  Mary Jewel Burcham Jones (1917 - 1982)*
  Sibyl Burcham Brimingham (1919 - 2006)*
  Ruth Marie Burcham Hagen (1921 - 2009)*
  Rubel Elijah Burcham (1923 - 1992)
*Calculated relationship
Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA
Created by: Carole McCaig
Record added: May 26, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52883082
Rubel Elijah Barney Burcham
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Rubel Elijah Barney Burcham
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