Mildred Jernigan Burke

Born: Sat., Jul. 31, 1920
Died: Fri., Jan. 1, 2010

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Mildred Jernigan Burke, age 89, of Greensboro, GA, died Friday, January 1, 2010 at Boswell Parker Nursing Center in Greensboro. She was a native of Rowland, North Carolina, but had lived in Greene County most of her life. Born on July 31, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Lyde Miller Jernigan and Lena Gainey Jernigan. She graduated from Vidette, Georgia High School and in 1941 married Roy Franklin Burke Sr in Burke County. They moved to Due West, South Carolina, where Mr. Burke finished his education. His first principal and teaching job was in Siloam, Georgia and later in Greensboro where she has lived ever since. Mildred worked with Hazel Turner at McDonald''s Dress Shop in Greensboro and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro.

She was preceded in death by her husband Roy Franklin Burke Sr. on December 26, 1958; a daughter, Sue Burke Rayburn in June of 2008; a son, Roy Franklin Burke, Jr. on August 23, 2000; a great grandson, Dustin Newsome; and siblings, Margaret Mabry, Alton Jernigan and Sonny Jernigan who was killed in World War II, while serving in the United States Navy. She is survived by a daughter, Jane Burke Epps of Greensboro, GA; a sister, Clara J. Jackson of Atlanta, GA; two brothers, John Jernigan of Norfolk, VA and Bill Jernigan of South Hill, VA; nine grandchildren, Justin Epps and wife Rebecca, April Burke, Robbie Burke, Richie Burke, Benjamin Burke, James Burke, Ken Rayburn Jr. and wife Valerie, Jennie Rayburn and Laura Marht; fifteen great grandchildren, Lanie Epps Pentecost, Tristan Epps, Richard Burton, Ellisa Burke, Brittany Burke, Jo Burke, Samantha Burke, Christopher Burke, Javen Burke, Cloe Burke, MacKenzie Burke, Katie Burke, Jacob Burke, Donavon Burke and Kayla Rayburn; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 4, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at McCommons Chapel with Rev. Dr. James Choomack and Rev. Stephen Jackson officiating. Interment will follow at Greensboro City Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Justin Epps, Ken Rayburn Jr., James Burke, Paul Hughes, Paul Hughes Jr. and Richard Burton. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday night at the Funeral Home. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us online at to sign the guest register.

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   Posted Sat January 02, 2010
Our sympathy to your family, Jane. Jane and Howell Cobb

Ashley Davis Waldrep
   Posted Sat January 02, 2010
I am very sorry to hear of your loss Mrs. Jane. May the Lord bless you during this time of your loss.

Linda Brook McLeroy
   Posted Sat January 02, 2010
Jane, I was saddened to hear about your mom...I have such fond memories of her (& your dad) when we were all very young when Sue and I were good friends...You are in my prayers and my heart ..God B;ess. Linda

Connie Epps Bond
   Posted Sun January 03, 2010
Jane and family: My thoughts prayers are with you. God Bless you. love, Connie

bertha turner
   Posted Sun January 03, 2010
so sorry about miss mildren good friend and very nice lady god bless bertha turner sara dreyer

Cathy D Smith
   Posted Sun January 03, 2010
Jane and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Cathy

Eddie & Tina Brown
   Posted Sun January 03, 2010
Jane, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Please know that you and your family our in our thoughts and prayers. The Browns

Shirley and Emmett Caldwell
   Posted Sun January 03, 2010
Jane and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time and in the days to come. Ms. Mildred was a remarkable Southern Lady.

Judy Satterfield Nichols
   Posted Sun January 03, 2010
Jane, Sorry to hear about your Mother. Whenever I stepped in the door of the nursing home to come see Daddy, she would always brighten my day with her sweet smile. God Bless you & your family.

Carlene Noggle
   Posted Sun January 03, 2010
Jane, I was so saddened to hear of your Mom's passing. She was the sweetest lady and always had a smile for all who stopped to talk to her. I will surely miss her. May God bless you and give you comfort during the days ahead. In deepest sympathy, Carlene

   Posted Mon January 04, 2010

Chasity Allen
   Posted Mon January 04, 2010
With deepest Sympathy, Chasity, Taylor, and Tennett Allen

   Posted Mon January 04, 2010
Ms. Jane, Justin, Rebecca and kids; our prayers are with you due to the loss of such a special lady. Trust me, it is very difficult to lose someone so close to Christmas and New Year's, but just Trust in the Lord and as you know, you will make it through one day at a time.

Lanier Moss
   Posted Mon January 04, 2010
Dear Jane & Family, I am so sorry to learn of the death of Ms. Mildred, she was such a Gracious Lady. Her smile and conversation when I would visit at Boswell Parker, I will cherish in my memories. My God Bless and Keep You With Sincere Sympathy, Lanier Moss

Lauralee Hunter
   Posted Mon January 04, 2010
With great sympathy to Mildred's loved ones

Patricia Sellers Gillespie
   Posted Mon January 04, 2010
Dear Jane, I was so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was such a sweet lady. You and all the family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God be with you all in a very special during this sad time.

Robert & Annette Dowdy
   Posted Thu January 07, 2010
Jane,we were so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was only a few days younger than my mother. I know you will miss her. My mother is my best friend as a known your mother was to you. Annette & Robert Dowdy

Paul Price
   Posted Thu January 07, 2010
I wish to offer my condolences to the family of Mrs Burke. I have many great memories of a fine lady and her family Sincerely Paul Price

The Jernigans
   Posted Tue January 12, 2010
Jane & Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will miss Aunt Millie's laughter at the beach.

Maner and Marjorie Ellenberg
   Posted Mon February 01, 2010
Jane, Clara, and Family, You are dear to us. Our family loved Ms. Mildred. She was a sweet, kind, lovely lady. We always enjoyed talking and visiting with her. She brightened the day for everyone. We shall miss her greatly. Maner, Marjorie and family