OBITUARY

Jawara "Jay" Yero Burke

August 12, 1979July 22, 2018
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Jawara was the first born of 10 siblings of a young Rastafarian couple. He truly embraced his role of being the big brother. He spent his formative years in Brooklyn, NY. There, he was reared in a loving village where all of the mothers were your momma and all of the brothers were your dad. There he learned not only to respect his parents but respect all elders. He was a Dread lock Vanguard in his elementary school which was well before the time when wearing locks were popular. He was often teased, but he learned strength as it built his character. At the age of 12, he decided to no longer wear his locks, a decision was supported by his mother. This was okay, because his bravery opened the door for future dreadlock children to be accepted in the mainstream. Although he no longer had his locks, he remained a Rasta youth at heart.

At the age of 13, Jawara moved to Raleigh, NC. There, he later graduated from Milbrook High School, and took classes for Business Management at Wake Technical Community College. From basketball, he earned the name “Sticky Jay” for his quickness and defensive ability which allowed him to steal the ball. Prior to venturing into entrepreneurship, Jawara honed his ability to negotiate and sell at TelNet where he became a high performer, working his way to team lead. Thereafter he owned two businesses, S&J vending and Burke Business LLC. He was passionate about his family and took his responsibility as the eldest child to heart with every action and every maneuver he made. Having the special gift of communication he was able to touch numerous lives. He was considered everyone’s best friend. More than life itself, Jawara loved his daughter Jah’Naia. Jawara was known for helping his grandmother, whom he enjoyed spending time with. Jawara loved his family and friends unconditionally, a servant at heart, a peaceful warrior, a phenomenal son, a loving dad, an amazing man. He will be missed by many.

Jawara leaves behind his beloved daughter Jah’Naia Yosmine Burke, step daughters Nariah and Nevaeh Joyner that he was honored to raise, and their mother Marcella Lynch.

Parents: Sharon Burke and Robert Sparkes, Janice Laurore and KCee.Grandmothers: Valerie Mulvaney and Winona Robinson. Siblings: Najuma, Kiwatu, Nikkiya, Tanisha, Natasha, Rachmyel, Abner, Mikhayel, Tzadi, Halima-Joy, Jason, Carlo, Jessika, and Joshua. Divine, Fritz, Isaac, Ricardo, Catherine, Adriea, & Drew. Aunts & Uncles: Ronald Barrett, Peter Burke, Karen & Leonard Haynes, Majorie Mulvaney, Carol Sparkes, Dolly Sparkes and Donette Mulvaney. Godmother: Mama Aklile Clarke. Honorary Mother: Shariz Alamin. Chosen Brothers & Sisters: Courtney, Jennifer, Ice, Jasmine, Hailey, Hannah, Shaun, Shyst, GK, Nelson, DeMarcus, Omar, Manny, Van, and so many niece, nephews, cousins & friends.

  • FAMILY

  • Parents: Burke and Robert Sparkes. NC Parents: Janice Laurore and KCee.Grandmothers: Valerie Mulvaney and Winona Robinson. Siblings: Najuma, Kiwatu, Nikkiya, Tanisha, Natasha, Rachmyel, Abner, Mikhayel, Tzadi, Halima-Joy, Jason, Carlo, Jessika, and Joshua. Divine, Fritz, Isaac, Ricardo, Catherine, Adriea, & Drew. Aunts & Uncles: Ronald Barrett, Peter Burke, Karen & Leonard Haynes, Majorie Mulvaney, Carol Sparkes, Dolly Sparkes and Donette Mulvaney. Godmother: Mama Aklile Clarke. Honorary Mother: Shariz Alamin. Chosen Brothers & Sisters: Courtney, Jennifer, Ice, Jasmine, Hailey, Hannah, Shaun, Shyst, GK, Nelson, DeMarcus, Omar, Manny, Van, and so many Cousins & Friends

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, July 29, 2018
  • Celebration Service Sunday, July 29, 2018
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Neqwana Copeland-Beaufort

July 30, 2018

I was so saddened to learn that the funniest, sweetest and most down to earth of my co-workers from telnet has passed away way to soon. There was always laughs to be had sitting across from you at work. You where such a cool person and I am sure a great dad. I am so sorry you can't be with your baby girl while she grows. But I know you will watch over her and your family. I offer my heart felt condolences to your family and pray that you sleep in peace Jay.

Colette Clarkson

July 30, 2018

Jay was a very respectable and caring young man to all those around him. Praying for Jay's family during this heartbreaking time for strength .
Rest Easy Jay

Darleen Simmons

July 29, 2018

I meet Jay thur Avery (Sincere) they were my neighbors when I live in Hidden Creek, we became friends ever since then. He was my neighbor in Walden Pond up until a year ago when I moved. He has always had a kind, gentle and giving heart. My children loved him he gave my daughter her first job working with him with S&J vending. He would always come over on Sunday’s cause he knew I was cooking and brought his container over for a plate. I will truly miss him. Rest In Peace my friend.

To The Family will GOD give you peace and comfort during this difficult time with the loss of your love one.
Love, Darleen Simmons and Family

Steve&Yolanda Thompson

July 29, 2018

It was a very good friend of my brother's who turned out to be a good friend to us he's also my niece's Godfather when I first met him he had me in tears laughing so hard that we had a gift for making you feel like you've known him forever we invite him into our home one day he came over and talked about where the blackin chicken I want that for dinner my husband would often bring bring my brother lunch and Jay always be there to get hIs share of the blacken chicken dish
The heart truly aches knowing that you are not here with us anymore
This young man will truly be missed by his love ones and all the wonderful people that had the privilege of calling him friend?
Rest in peace my friend rest in peace

LaToya Warren

July 29, 2018

My best friend.
You always helped me strategize my life. The hardest thing I will ever do is live life without you. I miss you already and I’ll love you forever. My peace is that you’ll be watching over all of us at the same time.
My partner, my friend, my protector.
All I can think is who’s going to be proud of me now.
I’m glad you got your peace ❤️

Jewel Mcneil

July 29, 2018

Never would I thought I’d be saying this anytime soon but I miss my friend, I’m still in shock that’s he’s gone for the last 8 years Sticky has been nothing but a brother/friend, I’m going to miss our long talks and you begging me to cook, Things just won’t be the same, But I know you would want us all to live life, Never forgotten my friend til the end Love your Jewels

Shakey Gunnell

July 28, 2018

Over these past 25 year’s I have had the pleasure to call you my friend. You have truly been a great friend to so many. My prayers are with your family. Watch over us and rest easy my brother...

Natasha Haynes

July 28, 2018

Jawara is the kind of big bro that did everything for us. We were spoiled by him and never had to ask 2x. He was so perceptive. The day he gave me away at my wedding was the proudest day. He’d been a groomsman and a Best Man but to give away one of his beloved sisters??? It was priceless. For him and me. My life will never be the same. All I can do now is care for JanJan like he would and live my best life. Until we meet again Uncle BooBoo, I love you and will mourn your lost forever.

Althea Woodhouse

July 28, 2018

May all the warm and special memories you shared with Jay stay with you and bring you comfort through the days ahead. I always remember Jay with his grandma Valerie. Rest In Peace Jay.

Lashea Campbell

July 28, 2018

My condolences to family and friends. Praying for your strength and peace. Rest easy Jay.