Whitten Timberlake Chapel

7404 Timberlake Road, Lynchburg, VA


James Harper Burkholder

January 14, 1929February 10, 2020

James Harper Burkholder, age 91 of Lynchburg passed away on Monday, February 10, 2020.

He was born on January 14, 1929 in Arnprior, Canada, son of the late James A. Burkholder and Hester B. Burkholder. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Betty B. Burkholder; 2 sons, Boyd Burkholder and James “Ed” Burkholder and a brother, Ed Burkholder.

James was retired from the state of Connecticut. He was a member of Lynchburg American Legion Post #16 and Moose Lodge #715. An Army veteran, he served his county during the Korean conflict. He loved watching Virginia Tech football, playing poker with the boys, watching movies with his granddaughter, Tiff and collecting stamps and coins.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Martha B. Rice and Lillian E. Rice as well as 4 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and 1 great-great granddaughter.

A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday February 15, 2020 at American Legion Hall Post #16.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, February 15, 2020


James Harper Burkholder

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Jim Woody

February 13, 2020

I first met Burk Oct 1st 1960 . We stayed friends all thru the years. He was an excellent card player . We enjoyed the games twice a week. After Burk quit driving I would pick him up and drive him home. We often spent time in his home talking baseball and looking at his antiques. He will be missed by all who knew him . He laughed a lot . Great personality . He got a big kick out of the new 2 dollar bills I sent him in Christmas cards . He would call with a laugh and thanks ,have a merry Christmas. Now he is in heaven with his wife and son. Martha you did an excellent job taking him in your home giving love and care. Jim Woody

Diane Guill

February 13, 2020

Jimmy was such a kind ,gentle and loving person. I know now he is in the glory of our precious lord and savior with his beloved wife. prayers for Martha Tiffany, Aaron and the rest of the family. With love and sympathy Diane and Mike Guill

David burnett

February 13, 2020

As a little boy growing up as one of the twin cousins I remember all the good times swimming at the big lake or just visiting down the road at your house or next door at Dolly and Hester's house. The Burkholders were a large clan and we always had such good times and support in our extended family. Your Dad had the honor of being the sweetest and kindest of all my mothers cousins. His memory will always be with me.

Christina Scruggs

February 12, 2020

I will always love you pops! I know you and grandma are living it up ! I’m miss you so much !! I remember going to the pool with you and grams collecting stamps, I even have the ones you gave me years ago! I remember each Halloween when you wore the Halloween mask when you answered the front door even with all your great grand kids, always snickers and mint gum! Even when you used to show. All your little gadgets you have brought to show the kids !! I love you pops see you one day!!