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Joe B. Bursi Jr.


1927 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Joe B. Bursi Jr. Obituary
Joe B. Bursi Jr.

Memphis, tn

Joe B. Bursi, Jr., 89 of Memphis, TN, passed away August 20, 2017 at Methodist Hospital Germantown. He is survived by his beloved wife Pat of 63 years, his children Debbie Bursi, Mike Bursi (Lydia), and Becky Hamric (Ken) and grandchildren Emma Bursi (Amy Rice) and John Bursi (Kylie Myers). He is also survived by eight nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his loving daughter, Donna Cox and his precious granddaughter, Abigail Hamric. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Louise Grandi (Armond), Lucille Gallini (Tony) and Florence Gallini (Albert).

He was born in 1927 of his immigrant father, Joe Bursi of Bassignana, Italy and his mother, Johanna Priora Bursi of Memphis. Joe graduated from Whitehaven High School in 1945 and stayed in close touch with his classmates to this day. He was proud to be a University of Mississippi 1949 graduate and was an avid Ole Miss sports fan. Joe served in Korea as Master Sergeant and was proud to be a member of the 196th Field Artillery Battalion, the most decorated National Guard outfit in the Korean War. He worked with his father on the family farm and later owned retail produce stores until retirement.

Joe enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, and bowling. He was proud of his Italian heritage and he and Pat were long time members of Memphis Bocce Club. Everyone who met Joe loved his smile, his warm personality, his humor, his story telling and his love of conversation. He was a devout Catholic and a parishioner of Church of the Holy Spirit. At the Heritage at Irene Woods, he hosted his neighbors for a weekly communion service and was the heart of the group. He was so grateful for the wonderful staff and dear friends he made there.

In later years, Joe was devoted to caring for his wife, Pat with the help of his treasured caregivers Helen Harden and Gail Masserano. Joe was a loving and wonderful husband and father cherished by his family and he will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be Thursday, August 24 from 5-7 p.m. at Memphis Funeral Home, 5599 Poplar Ave., with a rosary at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be on Friday, August 25 at 11 a.m. at Church of the Holy Spirit, 2300 Hickory Crest Drive. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery on Poplar Ave.

Donations may be sent in Joe's memory to .
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Aug. 23, 2017
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