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Jan. 26, 1938—March 29, 2016 Gary Everett Burks, eldest son of Everett and LaVera Burks, was born in Tulsa Oklahoma on Jan. 26, 1938. He rests now as he closed his eyes to this world, for the last time on March 29, 2016. Gary was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Ann Burks; six children, Lester Burks (Terry), Twyla Landess (Bill), Teresa Angel (Billy Frank), Leland Burks, April Whitman (Lee) and June Price (James); 16 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; brother, Larry Burks; and sister, Annette Poulton. Gary was the founder of Pikeville Auto Parts, Burks Tractor, Life Line Foods, Energy Dynamics, DSW Manufacturing and Ameritrek Tours. He was also a partner in Gulf Service Station, Burks Construction and Burks Brothers Farms. He was a man of constant ingenuity and an avid entrepreneur. His mind was always thinking of something that could be done better and of people he could serve. He loved the Lord and strove to follow God’s commands. May we all look forward to rising with him, when at the voice of the Lord Himself with the trumpet call of God; the dead in Christ are called to rise (1 Thessalonians 4:16). Gary, Mr. Congeniality himself, will be looking for us all on that day. The funeral service was held Friday, April 1, at 2 p.m. CDT in the funeral home chapel. Online condolences can be made at www.reedfamilyfh.com. Arrangements by Putnam-Reed Funeral Home, Hwy. 127 South, Pikeville, TN. Visitation was Thursday, March 31, from 3 to 9 p.m. CDT. For those who wish to honor Gary’s life in a monetary way please make donations to St. Judes Children’s Hospital or The Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation in memory of Gary Burks.
Published on  April 4, 2016
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