OBITUARY

Howard Burks

January 20, 1937January 14, 2014

Howard Burks, 76, a longtime resident of Greenwood, died peacefully in his home surrounded by his family Tuesday, January 14, 2014. He was a member of the Greenwood First Baptist Church, served on the Greenwood City Council and served as Chairman of the Greenwood Planning Commission. He was an Executive of Mid-America Industries in Fort Smith. He was a graduate of S.D. Lee High School in Columbus, Mississippi and attended the University of Maryland. He had a long and distinguished career in the United States Army, serving three tours of duty in Germany and two tours of duty in Vietnam from 1966 to 1969. He was awarded the following medals: Legion of Merit, twice awarded the distinguished flying cross for valor, twice awarded the bronze star, awarded 22 air medals (4th awarded for valor), Navy commendation medal for valor, Army commendation medal, twice awarded the Vietnam cross of gallantry, Vietnam service medal (7campaign stars), and other meritorious awards. He retired as a Major in 1974 after 20 years of service to his country. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Nona Burks; his son Ronnie Burks and wife, Jamie; his daughter Kathy Hance and husband, Steve; his daughter, Linda Burks; seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 18 at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel in Greenwood, with burial at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith. Pallbearers will be Matthew Burks, Trey Dolan, Trenton Hance, Jordan Burks, Bret Whiteman, Eric Holm, and Ryan Watts. To sign an online guestbook, please visit www.mcconnellfh.com.

Services

  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 18, 2014
REMEMBERING

Howard Burks

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Mark Henley

January 26, 2014

Rest in Peace Uncle Howard. Nona our thoughts and prayers are with you.

John Henley

January 26, 2014

Prayers are with you during this time...we miss and love you all very much. Uncle Howard will be dearly missed, but we know he is with the Lord....John, Janna Henley and family.

pamela henley

January 24, 2014

My love & condolences to your family. God bless you all! with love, pamela Henley

Ronnie, Kathy and Linda

January 20, 2014

We will miss you so much, Dad. Rest in peace. You are home...

Luke Efurd

January 20, 2014

My condolences to Nona and the rest of the Burks family. I remember Howard coming to my house when I was young to help me learn how to use our new computer. He was a kind man, that held a LOT of patience that day! He will be missed!

TERESA CROWDER

January 19, 2014

PRAYERS FOR NONA AND FAMILY, YOU ARE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. GOD BLESS YOU WITH PEACE...JUST REMEMBER HIM CALLING THE SHOP THE WEEK BEFORE ASKING ME TO " PLEASE TELL NONA TOO COME HOME WHEN SHE IS DONE THE ROAD ARE SO SLICK" REST IN PEACE.

Judy Selkirk

January 19, 2014

Howard, you would be proud of your son, he did a wonderful job of speaking at your service today. The tribute he gave you would make any father proud .

January 17, 2014

Praying for your family at this time. We send our love and deepest sympathy!! Danny, Paula and Ashley Ezell

January 17, 2014

Although I have not seen Howard in too many years, I have very fond memories of him as we worked together for Mid-America Industries. Howard was liked and respected by all his associates. He was Human Resource Director and in his role brought many improvements that positively affected everyone.
Howard was a professional who was very kind, polite and treated all with respect. He was serious, yet he had a big heart for all. I know he loved and adored Nona and all his family. Thanks to Howard for his service to mankind.
Marshall Yantis

January 16, 2014

Rest in Peace Howard. You will be missed here but we know you are resting in the arms of our Lord. Thanks for your service to our country. I will miss your friendship. John D. Kizer