OBITUARY

William Bill David Burkhead

February 10, 1939May 18, 2017
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William (David) Burkhead went to be with our Lord and Savior on Thursday, May 18, 2017, in his home in Denison, Texas. A follower of Christ, loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Bill left a lasting impression on our hearts.

Bill was born on February 10, 1939, in Memphis, Tennessee, to William and Mable (Pate) Burkhead. After graduating high school in Memphis, Bill spent time in Cape Canaveral, Florida, until the Army drafted him in 1962. He served for two years in Fairbanks, Alaska, and then moved back home to Memphis to begin a career with Victor Business Machinery.

Bill met the love of his life in Memphis and married Phyllis George in their hometown on June 18, 1964. The couple followed Bill’s work to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and then a career change brought them to Denison, Texas, where Bill worked for Texas Instruments and Raytheon from 1979 until his retirement in 2011. Bill and Phyllis would have celebrated 53 years of marriage on June 18, 2017.

Bill was a member and faithful servant of Parkside Baptist Church, where he was honored as Deacon Emeritus and had a passion for children’s ministries such as Vacation Bible School, Awana, and Upward. Bill loved his family and his community of Denison, and is often remembered for cheering on Yellow Jacket football, taking Phyllis on a weekly movie theater date, or simply tinkering around the house.

We remember Bill most, though, for his love of Jesus Christ. A few page turns of his tattered and stained 40-year-old Bible reveal hundreds of faded notes and lessons learned during a man’s trials and triumphs as his primary mission was to honor God and share His grace and love with others. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mable (Pate) Burkhead; his father- and mother-in-law, Eddie and Zelma George; and his brother-in-law, Glenn George. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis (George) Burkhead; his son and daughter and their spouses, Lynn and Charissa Burkhead and Amy and Brian Parks; his grandchildren, Joel (and Nicole) Parks, Meagan (and Nick) Popescu, Katie Burkhead, Zack Burkhead, and Will Burkhead; and his great-grandchildren, Charlotte and Melanie Parks. He is also survived by his sisters and their spouses, Martha and Jake Armstrong and Betty and Harold Russell; and his sister-in-law, Susie George.

A family night will be held Sunday, May 21, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Bratcher Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held Monday, May 22, at 2:00 p.m. at Parkside Baptist Church, with a graveside service held afterward at Fairview Cemetery.

“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.” Psalm 28:7 (KJV)

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Lynn Burkhead

June 2, 2017

Thanks so much Susan and Harvey, Pat and Bob, Ricky and Iris, the Blackmons, the Flowers and Brenda. Your kind words are also greatly appreciated by our family.

Lynn Burkhead

June 2, 2017

Thank you Stephanie and David for your kind words about Dad. They really mean a lot to me. I thought I was ready for this, but it turns out that I wasn't.

Stephanie Gray Brinkman

May 22, 2017

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. What a wonderful man of God. Praying all the wonderful memories will bring you great comfort.
Stephanie Gray Brinkman

David Means

May 22, 2017

So sorry for your loss. Mr. Burkhead was an amazing man. Praying for your wonderful family.

Ricky & Iris Nichols

May 20, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family

May 20, 2017

So very sorry for your loss. Bill was a wonderful man with a strong love for Jesus Christ. We will miss him and his love of Christ. And that wonderful smile! God Bless you all.
The Flowers Family.

Brenda Cato

May 20, 2017

I was blessed to be Bill's Home Health Aide before he was put on Hospice. It was such a pleasure to get to be a part of their lives.
Brenda Cato

May 20, 2017

So sorry for your loss but I know given time you will be comforted with all the beautiful memories of Bill. Bob and Pat Jenkins

May 20, 2017

Such an honoring tribute to an amazing man. Our hearts and prayers are with each of you in this time of loss. What a joy that in Heaven....He is remembering all again, praising again, and in the presence of His Father. Tears of pain and joy all at once imagining where he is now. Hugs to you all, in His love...the Blackmons <

Susan and Harvey Jenkins

May 20, 2017

Bill and Phyllis are both dear friends from long ago. We love this entire family and are praying for all of them. Bill was a wonderful, godly man, and a wonderful role model for everyone around him. He and Phyllis were a great example of a loving, Christian couple, and were loved by everyone who came in contact with them. Heaven has gained a special angel, and here on earth, Bill will be greatly missed.

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