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Robert E. "Bobby" Burke

January 19, 1941October 11, 2021
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Robert "Bobby" Edward Burke, age 80, of Byhalia, Mississippi passed away on Monday, October 11, 2021.

Bobby was born January 19, 1941 in Memphis, Tennessee to the late John H. & Gladys Burke.

Robert married Kathy Burke on November 21, 1969 and they had one son David Burke on August 11, 1970.

Mr. Burke graduated from Messick High School where he played basketball, baseball and was a member of the "12 Year Club". After high school Bobby graduated from Tulane University with a degree in Public Health. He worked for the Memphis & Shelby County Health Department for 25 years and then for UT Medical Group for several years. He had to take care of Elvis' many things when he passed away through the health department.

Robert was a member of Covenant Baptist Church in Collierville, Tennessee where he was a deacon. He also was a member at Ridgeway Baptist Church for over 25 years.

Along with his parents, Bobby was also preceded in death by his older brother John Burke.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 56 years, Kathy; son David (Carla) Burke; granddaughters Anna (Luis) Rey and Jessica (Aaron) Poole; two nieces Debbie Brown & Jackie Burke; and lifelong friends Jake Spidle, Jerry Campbell, Jerry Pierce & Dan McAdams.

A gathering for family and friends will be on Saturday, October 16 beginning at one o'clock in the afternoon until memorial services begin at two o'clock all at Covenant Baptist Church, 3170 S. Houston Levee Road, Collierville, TN 38017.

Online condolences, floral offerings and directions may be found through www.memphisfuneralpoplar.com.

  • FAMILY

  • John H. & Gladys Burke, Parents (deceased)
  • John Burke, Brother (deceased)
  • Kathy Burke, Wife of 56 years
  • David (Carla) Burke, Son
  • Anna (Luis) Rey and Jessica (Aaron) Poole, Granddaughters
  • Debbie Brown & Jackie Burke, Nieces
  • Jake Spidle, Jerry Campbell, Jerry Pierce & Dan McAdams, Lifelong friends

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 16, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, October 16, 2021

  • Reception

    Saturday, October 16, 2021

Memories

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Nellie Campbell

October 16, 2021

I played softball on a team with a lot of health dept. players. One game I was running to a base and slid into it. I was out. Bob yelled from the stands, “ you would have made it- if you were younger”.

After. Bob left the health dept., I met Bobs wife,Cathy., a wonderful person with a loving heart. My husband and I had a horse and boarded the horse. The Germantown facility was visited by Bob and Cathy. I was shocked to hear she loves horses. She was also an excellent groomer.

Deepest sympathy to the Burke family.

Rolf and Linda Pludra

October 15, 2021

We send our sincere condolences and prayers to you and your family. We always enjoyed seeing and talking with Mr. Burke when he came for haircuts at our shop and also enjoyed getting your Christmas cards each year. May God be of comfort and peace as you go through this sad time.

Angela Baker

October 12, 2021

Bobby was a very nice guy and classmate. May his memory be eternal🙏
God bless his wife Kathy, his son and all family members that they will have peace.

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Biography

Robert "Bobby" Edward Burke, age 80, of Byhalia, Mississippi passed away on Monday, October 11, 2021.

Bobby was born January 19, 1941 in Memphis, Tennessee to the late John H. & Gladys Burke.

Robert married Kathy Burke on November 21, 1969 and they had one son David Burke on August 11, 1970.

Mr. Burke graduated from Messick High School where he played basketball, baseball and was a member of the "12 Year Club". After high school Bobby graduated from Tulane University with a degree in Public Health. He worked for the Memphis & Shelby County Health Department for 25 years and then for UT Medical Group for several years. He had to take care of Elvis' many things when he passed away through the health department.

Robert was a member of Covenant Baptist Church in Collierville, Tennessee where he was a deacon. He also was a member at Ridgeway Baptist Church for over 25 years.

Along with his parents, Bobby was also preceded in death by his older brother John Burke.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 56 years, Kathy; son David (Carla) Burke; granddaughters Anna (Luis) Rey and Jessica (Aaron) Poole; two nieces Debbie Brown & Jackie Burke; and lifelong friends Jake Spidle, Jerry Campbell, Jerry Pierce & Dan McAdams.

A gathering for family and friends will be on Saturday, October 16 beginning at one o'clock in the afternoon until memorial services begin at two o'clock all at Covenant Baptist Church, 3170 S. Houston Levee Road, Collierville, TN 38017.

Online condolences, floral offerings and directions may be found through www.memphisfuneralpoplar.com.