April 6, 1923February 12, 2021

Greensboro - Ada Emeline Oliver Burge died on February 11, 2021 at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina. She was 97 years old and had been in declining health for several months.

Ada was born in Guilford County, NC in 1923 to James Henry and Etta Blanche Clapp Oliver, the third of eight children. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, K. Lester (Les) Burge; grandson, Robert Burge; two brothers and five sisters. She is survived by her two sons: Randy (wife Susan) and Rick (wife Kitty); three grandchildren: Matthew Burge (wife Katy); Emily Cantrell (partner Debbie); David Burge (wife Jennifer); six great-grandchildren: Harrison and Thomas Burge; Claire and Brady Cantrell; Carter and Brooks Burge; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Ada was a graduate of Sumner High School, where she was senior class president, and attended High Point College (now University) before marrying Les Burge, a professional baseball player, on December 25, 1941. After the end of World War II, Les resumed his baseball career for several years, with Ada and later their sons, accompanying him to Montreal, Canada; Fort Worth, TX; and Shreveport, LA. Upon Les’ retirement, the family settled in High Point, where Ada owned and operated two ladies dress shops, Ada’s Shop and The Style Boutique, for a combined total of 33 years. During those years, she honed her skills as an astute business person and a woman with an excellent sense of fashion.

Ada and Les were active members of First United Methodist Church in High Point, where she was involved in numerous church activities, including United Methodist Women, Parson’s Table, Finance Committee and the Family Fellowship Sunday School class. They were also accomplished golfers as well as members of Club 30, a ballroom dancing group.

For the last 25 years of her life Ada was a resident at River Landing at Sandy Ridge in Colfax, NC. During those years, she was involved in many activities, including serving on the planning committee for the new facility and winning the women’s billiards championship. For 15 years she also “played” the washboard and rain stick for the Presbyterian Homes of HP band and demonstrated her ballroom dancing skills while the band played. Perhaps one of her most noteworthy accomplishments was serving as an unofficial ambassador in welcoming new residents to River Landing. She was noted for taking new residents “under her wing” and helping them socially adjust to their new environment.

Ada’s love of family and joie de vivre were cornerstones of her life. Her caring nature, kind spirit and positive outlook made her beloved by all those who were fortunate enough to know her. She will be greatly missed.

Interment will be at Guilford Memorial Park in Greensboro, NC with a celebration of her life to be held at a later date. Gifts in Ada’s memory may be made to the Property Maintenance Fund at First United Methodist Church, 512 N. Main Street, High Point, NC 27260 or to River Landing at Sandy Ridge, 1575 John Knox Drive, Colfax, NC 27235.

The family extends special thanks to the pastors and congregation of First United Methodist Church for their love and support and to the staff at River Landing for their highly skilled and compassionate care, especially during the last several years of Ada’s life. The support and love that they provided to her and her family are an example of what everyone hopes their aging loved ones can experience.

Online condolences may be made at


  • James Henry Oliver, Father (deceased)
  • Etta Blanche Clapp Oliver, Mother (deceased)
  • K. Lester (Les) Burge, Husband (deceased)
  • Randy Burge (Susan), Son
  • Rick Burge (Kitty), Son
  • Robert Burge, Grandson (deceased)
  • Matthew Burge (Katy), Grandson
  • Emily Cantrell ( Debbie), Granddaughter
  • David Burge (Jennifer), Grandson
  • Six great grandchildren, Harrison and Thomas Burge, Claire and Brady Cantrell, Carter and Brooks Burge, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.



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Drew and Melva Nealeans

February 19, 2021

We are sadden in the pasting of Ms Ada Burge. She was a very dear friend of my father, Vann A. Nealeans for many years at both Presbyterian Home and River Landing at Sandy Ridge. They were great golfing buddies and dear friends for many, many years. Ada was a dear friend to me and my wife too. She was a very special friend and a true friend to so many people all over Guilford county. She will be greatly missed by all her friends and especially her dear family including her two fine sons, both Randy and Rick. God Bless you both and the your entire family during this time of the loss of you Mom.

Terri Pace Beatty

February 18, 2021

Randy, Rick and family, I was deeply saddened to hear of your Mom’s passing. We were next door neighbors in the sixties which began a lifelong friendship with your parents and mine. I have so many memories of Ada and my Mom, Belle Lowe, which I will always cherish. Ada was one of the most kind and loving ladies I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. She will be greatly missed.

Debra Bronson

February 17, 2021

To the Burge Family : I was so sorry to read about the passing of Ms Ada. Many Many years ago my mother Ida Mae Williams she was called( Pearl ) worked for your Mother . I remember going into her dress shop Ada's . If my memory serves me right it was in the area of where the Dog house is now. Ms Ada was a wonderful lady.

Ann Flynn

February 17, 2021

I used to see Ada a lot as I visited my father at River Landing. She would always tell me that my dad referred to her as Ate - A - Bird. Oh, that sweet accent and smile! I'm sorry for your loss. I'll miss seeing her around. ~Ann

Martha Simpson

February 15, 2021

Ada was one of the first people Morrie and I met when we moved to RL. She became such a special and wonderful friend. I don't think Ada ever met a stranger. We were very blessed to have had the chance to get to know Ada. She certainly brightened many of our days.

Jimmy Tomlin

February 14, 2021

I met Mrs. Burge for a couple of newspaper articles I wrote about her and her husband, Les. Very brief encounters, to be honest, but she was so sweet and kind that I still remember them many years later. My condolences to the family.

Ron Carter

February 13, 2021

Randy, my thoughts are with you. Ada and mom were close and Les came across the street to get ice cream sandwiches at dad's Seacrest distributorship. Glad your mom had such a long and full life.
Ron Carter