Burgess, Douglas Guy 'Billy'
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Nov. 4, 1917 - Jul. 13, 2014
Douglas Guy 'Billy' Burgess passed away peacefully on July 13, 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia at the age of 96. Preceding him in death in 2001 was his loving wife of 60 years, Beatrice L. 'Bootie' Burchett Burgess. Billy was born November 4, 1917, in Logan County, West Virginia. He was the son of Hiram Grant and Lena Mae Browning Burgess and was the last living sibling of 11 brothers and 1 sister.
He is survived by his daughter, Michelle Burgess Priestley and her husband Steve of Hamlin, West Virginia, and his son, Douglas G. Burgess II and his wife Betty of Atlanta, Georgia; granddaughter, Megan Burgess Otto, her husband Matthew and great-grandsons, Ethan and Owen; and granddaughter, Sarah Ashley Burgess and great-granddaughter Nya Powell Burgess and several nieces and nephews.
Billy graduated from Barboursville High School and attended Marshall College and Western Kentucky University majoring in accounting. He served in the US Army as a First Lieutenant in World War II in the Pacific Theater where he received several commendations for his service. After the War, he returned to Huntington where he worked in the automobile industry for several years. He later joined H&R Block as Regional Director for the mid-Atlantic region. He also owned several H&R Block offices in Ohio, Virginia and South Carolina.
Billy and Bootie retired to Sarasota, Florida in 1976 where they were members of the Pine Shores Presbyterian Church and active members of the Sarasota community, including the Elks Club. Billy was also a member of Sarasota Golf Club, where he enjoyed playing golf with his brother Golden, who was his last living sibling, and who also passed away on the same day as 'Bootie' in 2001.
Billy's Memorial Service will be held on Friday, August 22nd at 2:00pm at Pine Shores Presbyterian Church in Sarasota, Florida. Those who wish may make a contribution in memory of Billy to the Pine Shores Presbyterian Church, 6135 Beechwood Avenue, Sarasota, Florida, 34231.
Published in Herald Tribune from Aug. 17 to Aug. 18, 2014