Larry James Burks

September 16, 1955January 25, 2019

Mr. Larry James Burks was born to the late Alexander Burks and Gussie Stovall Burks on September 16, 1955 in Montgomery, AL. Larry graduated from Jefferson Davis High School in 1973. After high school, Larry attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) in Newport, Rhode Island. After completing the program, he was accepted into the United States Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis, MD. Larry graduated and served active duty as a Midshipman. Due to health reasons, Larry was honorably discharged. After time served in the Navy, Larry began a new career with the federal government as a trouble shooter. He traveled extensively to many international countries for over 20 years until his health declined. Larry departed this life on Friday, January 25, 2019, in Charleston, SC. Mr. Larry James Burks was preceded in death by his father, Mr. Alexander Burks, his mother, Mrs. Gussie Stovall Burks, two sisters, Mrs. Mary McAlister and Ms. Fannie Burks, and three brothers, Mr. Alexander Burks, Jr., Mr. Walter Burks, and Mr. Ellis Burks. Larry is survived by one son, Michael Howard of Montgomery, AL., three sisters, Mrs. Susie Smiley, Mrs. Gussie Cole, and Ms. Carrie Burks of Montgomery, AL, one brother, Mr. Jack Burks of Milton, FL, a special friend, Ms. Vergie Jones of Charleston, SC, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.


  • Michael Howard, Son
  • Susie Smiley, Sister
  • Gussie Cole, Sister
  • Carrie Burks, Sister
  • Jack Burks, Brother
  • Vergie Jones, Special Friend
  • Alexander Burks, Father
  • Gussie Stovall Burks, Mother
  • Mary McAlister, Sister
  • Fannie Burks, Sister
  • Alexander Burks Jr, Brother
  • Walter Burks, Brother
  • Ellis Burks, Brother
  • A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.


  • Visitation Thursday, February 7, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Friday, February 8, 2019

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Renee Wright

February 9, 2019

I am going miss me.larry Larry was someone that can always going talk to about anything so mr Larry in a better sleep good rip

Helen Clark

February 9, 2019

From the time I was 10 you were in my life. You came to parades where I marched in my R.O.T.C unit, you were there when I birthed my first child, and when my second graduated from AIT once again there you were. Though you and my mother never married, I always knew you loved her and me. I will miss your corny jokes and Bugs Bunny you will be greatly missed by all of us. May you now rest in peace eternal with the Father. 

Rick Campbell

February 8, 2019

A man of few words with the heart of a giant. We were neighbors at the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS; Platoon 2-1). Being away from home for the first time was challenging for many of us, I know that Larry was not at ease that first year being so far from Alabama and his beloved family. Larry was older and more mature than most of us and we came to admire his diligence and perseverance, no task was ever too hard or demanding. Until we meet again shipmate ~ Rick.

Sonja Mckelvey

February 8, 2019

Larry was a good man with a kind smile and kind words for everyone. He worked hard and if asked would do anything for you. He will be and is greatly missed around our command. Rest In Peace my friend.

Valerie Jones

February 8, 2019

Sincere condolences to the Burks Family, I am sorry for your loss. I will always remember Larry's warm words and acts of kindness. He had a spirit anointed by God and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He will be truly missed by everyone and his co-workers at SPAWAR Atlantic.

Bill Cavitt

February 7, 2019

With my deepest sympathies, we are very sorry for your loss.
I was classmates with Larry at NAPS and the Academy and wanted to let you know how much I thought of him. His words (few as they might have been) were always paid attention to by all. He made the world a better place, and I feel lucky to have had him in mine.
Rest in peace Larry.


February 7, 2019

So sad to learn of Larry's passing. I have many fond memories of Larry from NAPS and USNA. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Robert Stucky

February 7, 2019

Godspeed, shipmate, and classmate. I cherish my memories of you at the Naval Academy.

Barbara Gholston Brown

February 7, 2019

Sorry for your loss, but know that Larry is in the presence of God and you will see him again.

Larry will be truly missed. We shared stories about when we were at Georgia Washington School back in the day, and he always asked me if I remembered the brief case that he carried, and I always told him yes, it made him look like a professor. He said all of us thought he was smart, but it was that when we were going to games and dances at school he wasn't allowed to go so he stayed home and read the encyclopedia's. From conversations with him I believe he was saved, and he loved the Lord because he never said goodbye without speaking highly of how God blessed him above his wildest dreams( His exact words) . Rest well my friend.

Wayne Reif

February 7, 2019

Larry and I were roommates for a year at the Naval Academy.
He never spoke a lot but he said volumes with the way he took care of those around him.
God Bless.