James Calvin "Sonny Boy" Burge Sr.

October 6, 1930April 4, 2019

James Calvin "Sonny Boy" Burge, Sr., 88, of Poplarville, Mississippi, passed away Thursday, April 4, 2019.

Mr. Burge was born October 6, 1930 in Poplarville, Mississippi to Sollie Hiram Burge and Lavonia Parris Burge. Jim worked for the Federal Government for over 32 years before going into his own private appraisal practice. Jim was a multi-designated appraiser holding every appraisal designation, including the MAI (Member of the Appraisal Institute); CRE (Counselor of Real Estate); Master Government Appraiser.

He was approved instructor for the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers and The Appraisal Institute. Jim was instrumental in the transition to the new Appraisal Courses in the late 1980's and early 1990's he contributed significantly to the creation of the Income Approach and the HP12-C calculator teaching modules. It was often said by his colleagues that "He was a tough and coarse old bear who had more appraisal knowledge and expertise than a room full of designated professionals and he loved sharing that knowledge".

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one son, James C. Burge, Jr. and one sister, Dorothy Jean Ladner.

Family members include his wife of 40 years, Marie Leonard Burge; one stepson, Darren Withmeyer; one sister, Judy Burge (David) Smith; three grandchildren, Brooke (Ricky) Johnston, Bryan (Amanda) Burge, Kayla Burge; four great grandchildren, Cody Burge, Braxton Burge, Adelynn Burge, and Sydney Johnston.

A special "Thank You" to the wonderful and caring staff at Pearl River County Hospital who could not have done more for my husband.

Funeral services will be held at Ford's Creek Baptist Church, 2752 Ford's Creek Road, Poplarville, MS, 39470 on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 11:00 am. Rev. Jeffrey Lee will officiate the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends and have visitation from 9:00 am until services, Saturday at the church.

White Funeral Home, (601) 795-4982.