Col. Charles Robert "Bob" Burroughs, USMC Ret.

August 1, 1923August 26, 2013

Col. Charles Robert “Bob” Burroughs, USMC Ret.

Col. Burroughs, born in Greenfield, Illinois, the son of Charles and Lurinda Fair Burroughs, went to be with the Lord on Monday, August 26th, at the age of 90. His wife of nearly 59 years, Nona Brown Burroughs, predeceased him in 2007.

In 1943 he enlisted in the US Marine Corps and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in May of 1945. In 1946 he left active duty and served in the Marine Corps Reserves while finishing his education at Illinois College.

In 1951 he returned to active duty with his Reserve unit and served in the Korean Conflict until 1952, at which time he decided to make the Marine Corps his life’s career. Col. Burroughs spent the majority of his 32 years of service in the Fleet Marine Force, serving in many command positions. His family is very proud of his service to our country and are honored by his decorations and awards that include the Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and Letter of Commendation all with Combat “V.” While serving in Vietnam in 1969 he was the Director of the Combined Action Program; a position he said was the closest thing to missionary work as he helped civilians learn to protect themselves. Colonel Burroughs retired from active duty in 1975.

Col. Burroughs is survived by two daughters Susan Bullock (husband Kenneth) and Sally Ainslie (husband Bruce) from Charlotte, NC. “Grampy” was the proud grandfather of four grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

In their active retirement years Bob and Nona lived on the inland waterway in Swansboro, NC, then moved to Southern Pines, NC, and finally to the greater Charlotte area. He loved playing golf, singing in his church choir, and travelling.

An active and life-long Presbyterian, Bob was most recently a member of the Matthews Presbyterian Church. A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Matthews Presbyterian Church, 207 N. John Street, Matthews NC, 28105. Presiding will be the Reverends Bill Pederson and Emily Owen. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be given to his church. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

The family wishes to thank the special care given to Col. Burroughs by the doctors and nurses at Presbyterian Hospital these past months. We also thank Lynde and Ossie for the excellent care they shared with us all while he was on his final journey under the care of Hospice.

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  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 7, 2013

Col. Charles Robert "Bob" Burroughs, USMC Ret.

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September 5, 2013

Unka Bob was truly "One of the Few Good Men"! We have loved him since we first met the Burrrroughs Family at Camp Pendelton 50 or more years ago. We have such great memories of our times together.
With love,
The Douglass Kids - Suzie, Sassy, Sandy & Scott

Bruce Carter

September 4, 2013

My deepest condolences to the family for their loss and I know that we have yet one more squared away Marine guarding heaven's gates.

Semper Fidelis

Bruce Carter
Past Commandant
Charlotte Marine Corps League 750

Kim Bailey

September 4, 2013

So sorry to hear about Bob's passing. I enjoyed singing with him and joking around in the Choir in Pinehurst at Community. My prayers go out to your family at this tim.

Robert Walters

September 3, 2013

So sorry to hear of your loss. My sincerest sympathy to you all.

Ann Dixon

September 3, 2013

Sorry to read of Bobs' passing, he was a golfing buddy and friend of my husbands' and mine. Nona was a good friend, we bonded over our RA, belonged to several clubs and went to Paris on a trip together. They were wonderful people and a joy to know. I hated to have them leave Onslow County, they were missed. May your family find peace in your sorrow.

September 2, 2013

Sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort, bring comfort to your family an friends- 2 cor 1:3

GaNelle Voss

September 1, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with the whole Burroughs Family. I smile thinking Bob and my Dad (Hal Lindfelt) are playing golf and your Mother is getting ready for the 19th Hole. Fondly, Gae Lindfelt Voss