Gary Drew Burchell Sr.

February 13, 1951November 26, 2018

Gary Drew Burchell, Sr., age 67 of Montgomery, Alabama passed away on Monday, November 26, 2018. Gary was born on February 13, 1951 to Clayton Jackson Burchell, Sr. and Myrtle Mae Gover Burchell in Athens, Alabama. He obtained an Associates degree in Electronics and served proudly in the United States Air Force for 30 years as Security Police and later provided surveillance for Indian facilities. While stationed in the Philippines, Gary met the love of his life, Susana Agbayani Burchell.

He was a member of First Baptist Church of Montgomery. During his spare time you could find Gary on a dock fishing or enjoying his family at the house on the back porch or vacationing in Florida to enjoy the saltwater and fish.

Gary is preceded in death by his mother, Myrtle Mae Gover Burchell and his brother, Clayton Jackson Burchell, Jr. He is survived by his father, Clayton Jackson Burchell, Sr.; his loving wife of 44 years, Susana A. Burchell; his four children and their spouses, Susana Lynn Crocker (Wayne), Gary Drew Burchell, Jr. (Jessica), Angela Dee Hobbs (Wesley), and Joseph Bradley Burchell (Carol); his sisters and brother-in-laws, June Cannella (Hugh) of Tennessee, and Lynn Poe (Wayne) of Tennessee; his sister-in-laws and their spouses, Becky Burchell of Tennessee, Helen Carroll (Paul) of Texas, Remy Blount of Virginia, Cora Acaio (Jesse) of Oklahoma, Marina Minnick of Oklahoma, Lita Agbayani (Francisco) of Oklahoma, Dina Balbuena (Edwardo) of Oklahoma, and Delia Maurico (Harry) of Texas; his ten beloved grandchildren, Sylvia, Alissa, Aaron, Mark, Saffiera, Athena, Aurora, Alexander, Grace, and Collin; and his extended family and friends. The family will receive friends on Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at Alabama Heritage Funeral Home with graveside services beginning at 11:00 AM at Alabama Heritage Cemetery.


  • Visitation Saturday, December 1, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, December 1, 2018

Gary Drew Burchell Sr.

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linda erwin

December 5, 2018

I lived for a time in Lake Vista and I was best friends with Gary's sister, June. I remember him as the "little brother". He was a very nice and respectable boy and it is shocking and sad to hear of his passing . My condolences to June and her father on the passing of Gary, as well as Jack and their mother.

Vicki Gover Linley

November 30, 2018

Gary was a WONDERFUL first cousin. He was always fun, sweet, caring and supportive. All of us Gover cousins have fond childhood memories of family get togethers. We all were also in agreement that he had the sweetest wife and most adorable and well behaved children of all. So many positive attributes of a good man that makes me proud to call “family.” Rest In Peace Sweet Gary. We love you. ❤️

Tammy Bone

November 28, 2018

I will miss Gary , he was a wonderful friend.We worked in Surveillance together. We used to laugh and sing together. He loved his family. He talked about Susanna all the time about how blessed he was to have married you. And how he was blessed with wonderful kids. Prayers going up 🙏 .

Kevin Keaney

November 27, 2018

TSgt Burchell was my 1st Flight Chief in 1988 when I was stationed at Kadena - RIP Sir thank you for your guidance and service to our country.

christopher aucella

November 27, 2018

Rest in peace my fellow defender although we have never met we are brothers

Jessica Burchell

November 27, 2018

First words Dad spoke to me when he saw me was “ Good Gravy Your Tall !”
And with that our goofyness started between us . I will miss our long talks about anything and everything !
Love you always Dad


November 27, 2018

Susana, I just wanted to let you know that you and all of your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this sad time. We didn't know Gary very well, but enjoyed him so much when we were together. I hope you and yours find peace during this time of loss.

Carol Burchell

November 27, 2018

Dad would call me in the middle of the night on video chat just to see what I was doing because niether of us could sleep.. and he would always say well hello beautiful ! Then we would talk about slotomania and bejeweled blitz then he would tell me he misses seeing my beautiful face and smile then we would just talk about all kinds of crazy stuff.. he was the best and I love him so much ..

Christina Pruitt Lee

November 27, 2018

To the Burchell Family;

You all are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. I know that God will wrap His loving arms around you and guide you through this bereavement period. He can provide peace for things in this life that we find hard to understand even when there seems to be no rhyme or reason. Matthew 5:4 says "Blessed are those who mourn; for they shall be comforted" and when we are broken to our core this is usually this usually God's moment to bring us together and shine His light into our lives in ways He couldn't before...
I love y'all and our family is here if you need anything, ALWAYS.


Carol Burchell

November 27, 2018