Johnny Burke, 68, of Homosassa, Fla., went home Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center. A native of Etowah, Tenn., he was born Nov. 14, 1945, to Ben and Myrtle (Jefferson) Burke, one of seven children. Johnny's professional life included his passion of commercial fishing and his skills as a flooring and carpet mechanic. He moved here permanently in 1978 from Virginia and was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Burke was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War era.
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Johnny is survived by his wife of 47 years, Nell Burke, Homosassa; son, Darrell (wife Shirley), Homosassa; sons, Douglas of Homosassa and Jeffery of Ohio; sisters, Nell Jean and Betty; grandchildren, Krystle, Felicia, D.J. and Sarah; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his step parents, Arnold and Ethel; brothers, Billy, Jimmy and Tommy; and sister, Bobbi.
Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa. Interment will follow at Stage Stand Cemetery, Homosassa Springs. Friends will be received from 1 p.m. until time of service. www.wilderfuneral.com.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Dec. 10, 2013