Winard D'Wayne Burke, 34, of Sylvania, passed away on Monday morning, June 10th, 2013.
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D'Wayne was born in Statesboro and resided in Rocky Ford and then Sylvania, Georgia. He was a member of the Rocky Ford Baptist Church and was a graduate of Screven County High School. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy, where he was a trained Navy Seal and Air Water Rescue Swimmer. He was stationed aboard the USS Enterprise out of Norfolk, Va. He had direct involvement in the Kosovo War and tours throughout the world including, Italy, France, Turkey, Iran, Iraq and several undisclosed middle eastern locations. Following his enlistment, D'Wayne returned to Sylvania and began employment with the Screven County Sheriff's Department and Sylvania Fire Department as a certified firefighter. He again served his country, this time enlisting in the Georgia Army National Guard, where he served as a private first class in the 179th Military Police Company.
When his term was over, he decided to further his education and enrolled in Augusta Technical College, where he graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice. After obtaining his degree and having a great love for the water, D'Wayne began working with Crescent Towing Company at the Georgia Ports Authority as a deck hand, where he worked until his passing. Being able to work part-time at the ports enabled him to enroll in Class #184 of the Georgia Police Academy of Augusta, where he graduated top of the class and received the Top Gun Award. As a certified peace officer, he was employed with the Sardis Police Department. Always wanting to improve his abilities and himself, he took it upon his own volition and became certified through the Georgia Public Safety Training Center of Forsyth in Special Weapons and Tactics, Police Counter Sniper I and Police Counter Sniper II.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the National Rifle Association. He was also an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, kayaking and riding ATVs. He doted on his niece, Mica, and nephew, Cayden. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Pauline and Winard Burke and Irene and Charles Lindsey Sr.
D'Wayne is survived by his parents, Robin and Diane L. Potter of Sylvania and Kenneth Wayne Burke of Rocky Ford; companion, Melissa Beasley of Burke County; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Hollie B. and Kerry Zeigler of Sylvania, Laura P. and Tommy Mitchell of Statesboro, Kimberly P. and Tony Monte and Cassie B. and Michael Shipes; grandparents, Jimmy and Carolyn Potter and Evelyn B. Davis; a nephew and niece, Cayden Monte and Mica Shipes, all of Sylvania; and other family.
Visitation will be held on Friday evening from 5-8 p.m. in the Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home, Screven Chapel.
The fuuneral service will be Saturday, June, 15th, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Sylvania with the Rev. Dwight Bishop, the Rev. Travis Smith and the Rev. Kenny Grant officiating. Interment will follow in the Screven Memorial Cemetery, with military honors.
Active pallbearers will be Rodney Doyle, Trevin Moore, Hank Bishop, Shane Burke, Billy Bonney, John Finley and Johnny Strickland.
Honorary pallbearers will be William Burke, John and Marlene Hamilton, Whitney Randall, Jessica Sowell, Philip Keeter, Margaret and Osal Evans, Norman Royal, Lee Mock, Billy Pollock, Joshua Lindsey, Michael Lindsey Jr., Darrell Lindsey, Charles E. Lindsey Jr., Martin Lindsey, Robert and Voncille Burke, Ted Lariscy, Chris Lewis and Raymond Lamb.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Georgia Children's Home, care of the Sylvania VFW Post #7116.
Friends may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com.
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home, Screven Chapel, is in charge of all arrangements.
Statesboro Herald, June 13, 2013
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Published in Statesboro Herald from June 13 to June 20, 2013