John Charles Burden, Jr., of Fort Worth, Texas, previously of Baton Rouge, La., passed away on Friday, November 9, 2012 at Baylor Healthcare Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. Burden, 91, was born on Woodstock Plantation in Baton Rouge on May 29, 1921. He was a graduate of LSU Baton Rouge, receiving his B.A. in Business Administration. After graduation from LSU Law School in 1948 he practiced law with the firm of Peterman, Gravel, Downs & Burden in Alexandria, La. Charlie served as paratrooper with the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne from 1942 - 1946 being honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. He was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity, Kiwanis Club, Masonic Order, the Episcopal Church, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War. He will be remembered for his love of life, laughter and generosity. Mr. Burden was preceded in death by his parents, John Charles Burden and Penelope Kilgore Burden of Baton Rouge; sisters, Nell Burden Noland & Mitzi Burden Singletary of Baton Rouge; and wife, Suzanne Gartner Burden of Fort Worth, Tx. He is survived by his children, Julie Burden of Madisonville, La., Eileen B. Arsenault (Paul) of Naples, Fla., John Charles Burden, III (Jack) of Eureka Springs, Ark., Louise B. Whatley (Vance) of Conroe, Texas, and Nell B. Cook (Steve) of Boyce, La.; Julia Peterman Burden, the mother of his children; stepsons, Gary B. Smith of Fort Worth, Texas & Larry Ragan (Laura) of Santa Barbara, California; 6 grandchildren and 3 great grand children. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church in Fort Worth. Arrangements directed by Robinson, Mueller & Harper in Fort Worth, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Disabled Veterans of America.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Nov. 12 to Nov. 13, 2012