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Mr. Joseph Henry

"Big Joe" Burrell

Mr. Joseph Henry "Big Joe" Burrell, 80, passed away Feb. 2, 2005, at the Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington, Vt.

He was born Feb. 9, 1924, to Robert and Pearl Burrell of Port Huron, Mich. He attended the public schools there. He served his country during World War II in Africa, Italy, and the Philippines. The great love of his life was playing and mastering his musical instruments. He was known internationally for his musical genius as a saxophonist, play ing with Big Band legends such as Count Basie, B.B. King, and others, and lastly with Big Joe and the Unknown Blues Band.

He was loved and respected for his great talent. He was a member of the Prince of Peace Baptist Church, where his brother, Rev. Dr. John Milton Burrell, is Founder Pastor.

Preceded in death by his fa ther and mother, Robert and Pearl Burrell; brothers; Leo An derson, Robert R. and James Burrell; sisters, Pauline (Herman) Bell, Effie (Robert V.) Lewis, he is survived by wife, Odelia; brother, Rev. Dr. John Milton (Doris) Burrell; stepdaughter, Diana Belton; stepson, Ronald Belton; stepgrand son, Larry Belton Jr.; nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

Memorial services will be held Friday, Feb. 11, 2005, at 1 p.m., at Prince of Peace Baptist Church, 844 Garth Ave., Akron, Ohio, the Rev. Dr. John Milton Burrell officiating.

(330-535-1543.)

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Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Feb. 9, 2005.
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February 20, 2005
God bless and keep you in your hour of need. We will miss you Big Joe and your horn of plenty. Love Donna Jones and family.
donna jones
February 10, 2005
"Big Joe" Burrell - A Remarkable "Blues" Legend in Vermont
To the Burrell family and extended musical family members:

Please know that our deepest prayers and sincerest condolances are with you all.

GOD has blessed you, Vermont and the world with "BIG JOE's" unselfish Love and Humanity. His legacy must not be forgotten.

Heave n is all the richer with "BIG JOE" in his eternal gig - GOD's Blues Band.
Sandy & Joy Combs
February 9, 2005
To the Burrell family,i will miss hearing that saxaphone.I met 'Big Joe'many years ago in Port Huron.Later we connected at Prince of Peace.Play on big fella.Sandra & Ron
Ronald Duckworth
February 9, 2005
TO ALL OF THE BURRELL FAMILY, MAY GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERY-ONE OF YOU IN YOUR TIME OF BEREAVEMENT. DAVID&EDITH HOLMES
DAVID&EDITH HOLMES
February 9, 2005
TO THE ENTIRE BURRELL FAMILY I WISH TO SEND MY CONDOLENCES TO YOU NOW AT THE LOSS OF YOUR LOVED ONE. I PRAY GOD WILL SUSTAIN AND KEEP YOU COMFORTED NOW AND ALWAYS. LOVE THE ENTIRE SAMUEL FAMILY.
SHELLEY SAMUEL
February 9, 2005
At your time of sorrow our prayers are with you. Find peace, strength and comfort within knowing we have a higher and better place to rest.
Diane Gaugler
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