Brother James Edwin Burch, of Conway, passed away, Dec. 14, 2013, at Conway Regional Medical Center in Conway. He was born Dec. 10, 1920, to the late Homer G. Burch and Floy (Tilley) Burch. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Frances Gunnels Burch; his brothers, Gilbert and Albert Burch.
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He was an ordained Baptist minister and a member of Eastside Missionary Baptist Church in Conway. He graduated from Wewoka High School in Wewoka, Oklahoma; Jacksonville Baptist College in Jacksonville, Texas; and East Texas Baptist College in Marshall, Texas.
Bro. Burch volunteered and served as a Corporal in the Army Air Corps in World War II, stationed in England from 1942 until 1945. He was a mechanic for the B-17 bombers.
He served as music director and Pastor for churches in Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma. He served as chairman of the music department at Central Baptist College in Conway, Ark., and as assistant director of Harvest Gleaner Hour (Lifeword Media Ministries), also in Conway.
Bro. James was known for his beautiful tenor voice and piano stylings and he favored old hymns. He continued to sing and play until the closing days of his life.
He is survived by his daughters, Jerene (George) Reddin of Greenwood, Arkansas; Karen (Travis) Moore of Slidell, Louisiana; and Lynnette (David) Stanley of Greenbrier, Ark.; his sister, Virginia Cecil of Hudson, Fla.; grandchildren, Joanna (Wade) Allen of Bacolod City, Philippines; Travis (Tara) Moore II of Beaufort, South Carolina; Talissa (Danny) Smith of Greenbrier, Arkansas; Cory (Liesel) Stanley of Rogers, Ark.; Nathan (Kelly) Moore of Horn Lake, Miss.; Joy Moore of Charlotte, N.C.; Fallon Moore of Oceanside, Calif.; Samuel Reddin of Howe, Okla.; great-grandchildren, Carly and Caleb Allen, Caitlin, Christa, and Emily Moore; Lucas, Emma and Jackson Smith; Cooper and Kiptyn Stanley; Judah, Eliran, Selah and Tobiah Moore.
Funeral will be 2 p.m, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, in the chapel of Griffin Leggett Conway, with his grandchildren officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to Central Baptist College or Lifeword Media Ministries.
Please send your messages of love, comfort and support to his online guestbook at www.griffinleggettconway.com.
Griffin Leggett - Conway
1751 Dave Ward Dr
Conway, AR 72034
Published in The Log Cabin Democrat from Dec. 15 to Dec. 22, 2013