James Robert Burley

February 24, 1931January 12, 2019

James “Jim” Robert Burley, 87, of Alexander City, AL passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 12, 2019 surrounded by his wife and family. He is preceded in death by his parents Forest and Helene Burley, his son Robert Michael Burley, and his oldest brother Reverend William Burley. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Rachel L. Burley, two younger brothers, Dr. John Burley (Donna) of Trenton, OH, Dr. Dave Burley (Diane) of Anderson, SC, two sons, James “Jim” R. Burley II (Casey) of Seaford, VA, Richard “Rick” J. Burley (Melody) of Montgomery, AL, a daughter Mary “Christy” C. Pascarella (Gene) of Orlando, FL, and 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

He was born on Feb 24, 1931 in Crooksville, OH, Jim grew up during The Great Depression and served his country during the Korean War as an Air Force radar technician. He met and married his wife Rachel while stationed at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS in the early 1950’s. After earning a BS at Ohio State and a MS from Miami University in Industrial Management, Jim started his career with ARMCO Steel. Fifteen years, four kids, and several moves later, Jim & Rachel settled in Montgomery, AL where Jim managed the ARMCO/ConTech truss pipe manufacturing facilities for the next 25 years. In 1992, Jim and his son Rick formed the ASK Telemarketing Co and over the next 25 years, built it into a successful business that now employs over 450 people in Montgomery. Jim & Rachel semi-retired in the late 1990’s and built their dream home on Lake Martin in Alexander City, AL. Jim was an avid golfer (two Aces) and loved boating and being around the water. He was always active in the community whether it was the Boy Scouts (Silver Beaver Award), United Way, Chamber of Commerce, or the Whitfield United Methodist Church. Jim is remembered as always treating everyone with kindness and respect, regardless of the circumstances.

The family will honor his memory with a “celebration of life” service at Alabama Heritage Funeral Home, located at 10505 Atlanta Hwy, Montgomery, AL on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 1:00 pm with a visitation from noon until 1pm followed by a graveside service and burial. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jim’s memory to The Children’s Harbor, Alexander City, Alabama or the Whitfield United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Al.


  • Visitation Thursday, January 17, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, January 17, 2019

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Victoria Jones

January 19, 2019

Again, so sorry to hear this. Have been looking for the obituary for days in the paper but obviously missed it. We remember our friendship at Whitfield UMC and were so surprised to learn we were neighbors on Dopson Point on the lake. Such a fine man and I know he will so be missed. Our sincere condolences. Bill and Vicky Jones

Amy Singletary

January 15, 2019

Mr. Jim Burley will be missed. What a kind, gentleman who made everyone feel so welcomed in their home. As a childhood friend of Christy's, we spent time at eachother's homes. Mr. Burley made me feel at home and welcomed. Thank you for the sweet memories and kindness. I am praying for Mrs. Burley, Jim, Christy, and Rick as well as all of the extended family. I hope Bob and Martha Gaddis welcomed Jim in heaven and they reminisced carpool rides, "Gayfer Girls" and the opening night of Eastdale Mall, cheerleading, middle school girl stuff, and many other memories from the 1970s. My love and hugs of comfort and being sent to each of you since I am unable to be there in person. God Bless each of you and give you peace and comfort in the coming days.

Diana French

January 15, 2019

I met Jim Burley twenty years ago when he came to welcome my husband David and me to Lake Martin. We consider ourselves privileged to have known Jim and Rachel and lucky our house is just one house over from their home. He will be greatly missed for his smile, his humor and his wonderful stories. Jim was always enthusiastic and optimistic---even when he played golf. Our sincere sympathy to Rachel and family.

James (Jim) Robert Burley II

January 15, 2019

Named after my Father and the oldest child in our family, I’ve always felt a responsibility to be like my Dad. He was a Good Man and I strive to be more like him every day. I feel so very blessed to be his son.

Jane Burley

January 14, 2019

Loving sympathies to Aunt Rachel and her family. I married into the loving Burley family almost 32 years ago. I have many great memories from the Burley reunions and the pontoon boat rides with Uncle Jim and Aunt Rachel on Lake Martin. Loved sharing the time and meals with them . He will be missed. Love to all...Jane...Brian and Bethany, also. 💗