Grover Burgess

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Grover Howard Burgess, 90, died Friday, April 24, 2009 at his home in the Ashley’s Grove Community near Conway.
He had been preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Ruth Warren Burgess and by his parents, Jesse and Lillie Sumner Burgess.
A native of Northampton County, he was retired as an Animal Control Officer with the County and had also worked with the Rich Square Police Department and with the Rural Electric Cooperative as a Line Supervisor.
He was a lifelong and oldest living male member of Ashley’s Grove Baptist Church where he had served as a Deacon as well as all other areas of church service.
He was on the Board of the Rural Electric Cooperative for 32 years, the Conway School Board for 12 years, and served many years as the Voting Registrar for the Ashley’s Grove Precinct.
He was proudest of having served in the United States Army during World War II under General George Patton through several campaigns, including the Battle of the Bulge from which he received the Bronze Star.
Survivors include his wife, Faye Cobb Burgess of their home; one daughter, Kathleen B. Taylor and her husband, Joseph Sr., of Suffolk, VA; one son, Ronald J. Burgess and his wife, Christine, of Suffolk, VA; five grandchildren, Joseph Taylor Jr. and wife, Kimberly, Amy T. Hatfield and husband, Douglas, Jesse Howard Burgess and wife, Connie, and Donna Lynn Burgess, all of Suffolk, VA and Sarah B. Mordica and husband, William, of Portsmouth, VA; five great grandchildren; four stepchildren; eight step grandchildren; and two step great grandchildren.
A graveside service with Military Honors will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28 in the Town of Conway Cemetery with Rev. David Ross and Fredrick Hill presiding.
The family will receive friends at the family home. If anyone wishes to share a memorial gift, please do so to Ashley’s Grove Baptist Church or to the American Institute for Cancer Research, P.O. Box 91493, Washington, D.C. 20090-1493.
Bridgers Funeral Home of Conway is serving the family.