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George Richard Burk, 86, of Newberry, died Monday, October 14, 2019 at the Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

Born on November 16, 1932 in Walcott, IA, he was a son of the late Samuel Richard Burk and Marie Schenpolk Burk Rupp. Mr. Burk served in the US Navy and later retired as a Sargent Major in the US Army. Following his military career he worked for Thomas and Howard and then started his own lawn care business, Burk Enterprises. In his 70's Mr. Burk worked diligently to obtain his PHD in Philosophy. He was a Mason and Shriner. He was a member of Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, the American Legion and the Newberry Car Buffs. Mr. Burk was the recipient of the 2007 Rotary Lay Person of the Year Award and later joined as a member of the Newberry Rotary Club. He was the founder of the Serenity Chapel and was a strong supporter of Alcoholics Anonymous. Mr. Burk had fifty plus years of sobriety. His work for AA was noted in several articles published in the Newberry Observer and the Newberry Magazine.

He is survived by his wife, Marti Nunn Burk; sons, Richard Wesley “Rick” Burk (Wendy), Michael Dean “Mike”Burk (Desaray) , Daniel Clifford “Dan” Burk (Miriam) and John D. Burk (Shelley); seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by sons, Edwin Roswell Burk and Kenneth Ross Burk and six siblings.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home by the Rev. Jimmy Counts. Burial will be Monday, October 21, 2019 at Ft. Jackson National Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 12:30 – 1:30 pm at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, 1105 First Street, Newberry, SC 29108.



#11 Chuck Ward 2019-10-24 09:48
I was blessed to get to know George from my time in Rotary. Always the consummate gentlemen and one of the friendliest individuals I ever met. A good man, a good life, an example to me as to how you should live your life. Sorry I missed the service while in TX last week...
#10 Sheriff Lee Foster 2019-10-21 13:00
We are so sorry to learn of George's passing. There is no doubt he is at Peace with his Lord and is no longer suffering. I deeply regret that I missed his services due to being out of town on business. We appreciate his service to God and Country. Simply put, he was a very good man. Lee, Carol, Joseph, and Amelia
#9 John Gay 2019-10-19 09:32
I was fortunate to meet George through The AA Fellowship while living in Newberry in 2015/6.
Such a friend, mentor, and fine person filled with wisdom.
George, I frequently think of you, and will continue to do so. Thanks, friend. GOD Bless.
#8 Ed Gohn 2019-10-19 09:24
Mr George was an inspiration to me and many others
#7 Ruby Point Miller 2019-10-16 07:33
My prayers are with all of you. George did so much for my family and I will never forgot it. He was always there for so many people. I want all of you to know he will be missed.
#6 Sammie C Graham 2019-10-15 23:47
A deep loss has hit his family and the military spirited of

Newberry and South Carolina. He brought great honor to the

United States Army and State of South Carolina.
#5 Tim & Nancy Owen 2019-10-15 19:03
What a kind and loving soul Mr George was! And now he is spreading his joy all over Heaven. We shall miss our dear friend but keep his love forever in our hearts. Our lives are so much richer having had Mr George sharing his life with both of us. He leaves with all of us, who love him so dearly, a peace that passes all understanding. We love you Mr George and keep all your family in our hearts and prayers, forever your friends Tim & Nancy Owen
#4 Randall Aull 2019-10-15 18:15
It just didn't get any better than Mr George he will be missed by all that knew him.
#3 Romona Harlow 2019-10-15 17:48
I am but one who will miss your wisdom. Your candle shines even these sad days. You will be missed
Marti, if there is anything I can do to help during these days to help, please let me know. My love to you both
#2 Connie A Rayfield 2019-10-15 17:35
So sorry for Mr
#1 Dianne F Dominick 2019-10-15 09:59
I will miss Mr George but I know he is rejoicing today with the Father. What a kind, selfless, giving and gentle man. I'm so glad I was blessed to know him and be in his presence. May his family feel the comfort of peace, love and light from the Lord during this time.