Drew McKager Burgess (1923 - 2007)

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Drew Burgess of Leonia, Fla., passed away Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007, at the home of his daughter in Panama City, Fla., after a lengthy illness.

Drew Burgess was born April 15, 1923, in Leonia, Fla., one of 16 children of Ovella and Hiram Burgess. Of those 16 siblings, all except Albert predeceased him. Drew spent his early years and the years from 1968 until his death on the homestead where he was born and raised.

Drew is survived by his wife of 64 years, Juanita; brother, Albert; his three children and their spouses, Donnie and JoAnne Burgess of Tallahassee, Fla., David and Donna Kay Burgess of Leonia and Paula and Mike Caswell of Panama City, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Gregory Burgess, Kristina Burgess, Keith Caswell, Staci Joyner, Shannon Riley, Patrick Burgess and Jon Burgess; and nine great-grandchildren.

Drew was known affectionately by his grandchildren as "Dumpy." He was the warmest and gentlest of men. The deep love he inspired in all his family members was a joy to behold. Drew loved his family and the land he was born on.

Nothing brought him greater pleasure than to work in his garden and on his land and share the produce with all who cared to partake. Drew might be best remembered by his humility. He was a modest man in a world where there are few such men. His place in the lives of those who loved him and held him dear is truly irreplaceable.

A time of visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, at the Clary-Glenn Funeral Home chapel, 230 Park Ave., DeFuniak Springs, Fla. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007, at the Clary-Glenn Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Frank McIntosh and the Rev. Terry Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Darlington Cemetery. Those asked to serve as pallbearers are Gregory Burgess, Shane Joyner, Bob Wilkerson, Jack Jones, Granvel Hood and Clyde Hood.

Floral arrangements are being accepted. You may go online to view obituaries, offer condolences and sign the guest book at www.clary-glenn.com. Clary-Glenn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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DeFuniak Springs, Fla. 32435
230 Park Ave. (850) 892-2511
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