Theron "Doc" Burgans went to be with the Lord in the early morning hours of Wednesday, September 26, 2013.
He passed peacefully in the CVICU at Sacred Heart Bay Medical under the loving and watchful eyes of the many nurses and staff who grew to love him during his lengthy stay. Theron was born in Caryville, Florida on July 2, 1932 to John Burgans and Bessie P. Anderson. He was a member of the Joyful Seekers Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church of Panama City where he proved to be most endearing to the members of the class who were vigilant visitors throughout his illness.
Theron was a proud graduate of the Bay High School Class of 1951. He married the love of his life, Sue McKinney on December 24, 1958 and they shared 54 years together.
He is survived by his two sons, Joey Burgans and his companion, Regina Nauditt; Greg Burgans and his wife, Gena; and one grandson, Alex Burgans who brought him countless hours of happiness and of which he was extremely proud. He has one sister, Jan Phillips of Manchester, Georgia; one brother, Cecil McAllister of Hawthorne, Florida; one aunt, Doris Anderson of Caryville, Florida and numerous nieces and nephews who affectionately referred to him as "Uncle T."
After graduating from high school, Theron served in the Navy from 1951 to 1955 aboard the USS Estes. Upon returning to Panama City, he worked as the Service Manager at Cook Motor Company for 15 years. In his spare time, he was an avid hunter and fisherman. The highlight of many Thanksgiving seasons was the annual men's river trip where his closest friends, sons and grandson enjoyed much camaraderie and fellowship over the years.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, September 29th beginning at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel of Wilson Funeral Home with the Ministers Clyde Ellison and Bill Sears officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 28th also at the chapel of Wilson Funeral Home. A private burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery at a later date. Asked to serve as active pall bearers are Ray Webb, Ray Lawrence, Jim Smallwood, Grover Davis, Carl Beasley and Bud Ratliff. Honorary pall bearers are Louie Enfinger, Webb Fickling, Charlie Enfinger, Sonny McArthur, Harold McAdams, Johnny Penny and Billy Miller. Memorial contributions may be made to the
or the Building Fund of First Baptist Church of Panama City.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Michael Morrow, Dr. Lynn Seto, Dr. Mario Pulido, Dr. Angel Nunez and the entire staff of the CVICU at Sacred Heart Bay Medical who gave of themselves unconditionally. Many of his caregivers noted that Theron's kind demeanor and unending words of wisdom made him a joy to work with over the past months. Words could never express our gratitude for the exceptional service provided to our father during his final days.
Wilson Funeral Home
Family Owned Since 1911
214 Airport Road
Panama City, Fla.
Published in Panama City News Herald on Sept. 28, 2013