Mrs Rita Joyce Alewine

September 24, 1957February 22, 2014
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Rita Joyce Alewine age 58 died Saturday February 22, 2014. A native of Clarke Co. Mrs. Alewine was the daughter of the late Charlie Burkhalter. Mrs. Alewine was owner and operator of Buck Alewines Towing and Pit Stop Gas. Mrs. Alewine was a beloved Wife, Mama, and Nona to her five precious angel babies that she adored. Mrs. Alewine was a precious Daughter, Sister, and Friend to many. Graveside services will be held Monday February 24, 2014 at 2:00pm at Evergreen Memorial Park. Rev. Larry Dyer will officiate. Survivors include her husband of 40 years Buck Alewine; children; Missy (Andy) Collier and Mitch (Christy) Alewine; mother; Shirley Brown Burkhalter; sisters; Becky (Randy) Jones and Carol Lyle; brothers; Charles (Dixie) Burkhalter, George (Vickie) Burkhalter, Jeff (Donna) Burkhalter, and Rex (Stacey) Burkhalter; grandchildren; Colby and Brady Joe Collier, Ainsley, Alston, and Ava Grace Alewine. Pallbearers will be Blake Jones, Ross, Josh, Brent, Ethan, Nick, and Douglas Burkhalter. Memorials may be made to the Andy Collier Benefit Fund at the First Madison Bank and Trust. Smith Funeral Home, Winder, has charge of arrangements.


  • Graveside Service Monday, February 24, 2014

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Regina Coker

March 3, 2014

Missy I am so sorry for your families loss. You my friend will be in our prays and if you ever need anything just yell and I will come running. I love you lots you are a wonderful person and great friend. Your mama was so proud of you because you have a heart of pure gold. Please let me help out with those two wonderful boys of your if you ever need it.

Tiffany Alewine

March 3, 2014

I pray for peace and comfort during this most difficult time. May God wrap each of you in his arms and hold you oh so close. My heart aches for each of you and know we love you all so very much!

Myra & Tony Colquitt

February 25, 2014

Our condolences to the Alewine and Burkhalter families. You are in our thoughts and prayers today. God Bless and hold you all.

Mark La Budde

February 25, 2014

Was years ago, our times I trace
The trailer park at Betty's place
The days so many that we shared
I had great neighbors that really cared

Rita's Sweet tea under stars so bright
Then came a train to our delight
The trailers shook, I didn't care
I had best friends with time to share

Mitch would knock on my aluminum door
The Dukes were on the set once more
Around the set we'd sit and yak
While Rita prepared an evening snack

Dinners so many that you shared
Were gifts to me, can't be compared

Then time moved on
And so did we
Buck, Rita, Missy, Mitch and even me


Crystal Lester

February 24, 2014

Buck, Missy & Mitch you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Rita was a great woman and we had lots of laughs together. Please find confort knowing that she is no longer in pain and you will see her once again one day. Also please know that I am only a phone call away. Crystal (Alewine) Lester.

Edd Flanagan

February 24, 2014

Our love and prayers go out for your lost! May Heavenly Father comfort you through the coming days! Love Mary and Edd Flanagan

Dianne Burkhalter

February 24, 2014

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998

Dennis&Gwyn COWART

February 24, 2014

So sorry for your loss....and she will be missed. GOD WILL WRAP HIS ARMS AROUND YOU ALL AND GIVE YOU COMFORT, STRENGTH AND LOVE.... If there's anything we can do PLEASE CALL US.....BLESS YOU ALL......

February 24, 2014

loved her so very much. so sorry for yalls loss. yall will be in my prayers. love all of yall. please let me know if you need anything. the harper family, katie oscar and barbara

Matthew and Debbie Allen

February 24, 2014

So sorry to hear of your loss. May your cherished memories help you through this difficult time.