Mark Athel Burks

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Mark Athel Burks, 59, of Shelbyville, died on Thursday, the 31st day of August, 2017, at Oaklawn Health and Rehabilitation Center in Middletown.
Born in Louisville, he was the son of the late Joseph Edwards Burks and Mary Anderson Burks. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Joseph Edwards Burks II and John Jay Crittenden Burks.
He was a 1979 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Mechanization. While attending Eastern, he was a faithful member and officer of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He was an active member and former lay leader of the Centenary United Methodist Church. Continuing his family's tradition of service to the farm families of Shelby and surrounding counties, he partnered with two childhood friends to expand the Shelbyville John Deere dealership into Limestone Farm, Lawn and Work Site, which now has nine locations from Florence to Campbellsville. He was a member and past president of the Mid-America Equipment Retailer's Association. And, even though he never raised a pig, he served more than one term as president of the Falls City Pork Producers Association.
Committed to community service, he was an active member and multi-term former president of the Shelby County Community Theatre organization, as well as a popular actor in many of the community theatre productions. His dedication to his community also included service on the Board of Directors of the Shelby County Community Foundation, the Advisory Board of Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, and former active membership in the Shelby County Band Boosters.
A devoted husband, father, and brother, his survivors include his wife of over thirty-five years, Patricia 'Patty' Burks, his daughters, Abigail Lee Siemen and her husband, Scott, of Shelbyville and Mary Elizabeth Burks of Louisville; his sister, Bonnie Lee Burks Gray and her husband, Whitie, of Shelbyville; his brothers, Carl David Burks of Michigan, and Paul Morgan Burks and his wife, Jeane, of Austin, Texas.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, the 9th day of September, 2017, at the Centenary United Methodist Church in Shelbyville, Kentucky, with Reverend Willard Knipp officiating. Interment will be in Grove Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville, Kentucky. Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M., until 8:00 P.M., Friday, September 8, 2017 at the Hall-Taylor Funeral Home of Shelbyville, and after 9:00 A.M., Saturday, 9 September 2017, at the Centenary United Methodist Church.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Shelby County Community Theatre, 801 Main Street, Shelbyville, Kentucky 40065, or to the Centenary United Methodist Church, 429 Main Street, Shelbyville, Kentucky 40065.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Hall-Taylor Funeral Home of Shelbyville, and online condolences may be expressed at
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Published in The Sentinel-News from Sept. 7 to Sept. 8, 2017