Eric E. Burden
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Alexandria, Va. - Eric E. Burden formerly of Newport News, Va departed this life June 22, 2020.

He leaves to cherish his memories, three sons Keven, Deven and Cameron Burden; a daughter Joi Crittendon; a sister Ivy Burden-Pope, a special friend, Mary Thomas; grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A viewing will be held 5-7 P. M. Monday, June 29, 2020 at Berceuse Funeral and Cremation Traditions 2609 Cunningham Dr. Hampton, Va. 23666.

A private service will be held on June 30, 2020.

Please keep the Burden Family in Your Prayers.

Professional services by Poole's Funeral Home, 757-357-4742.

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Published in Daily Press on Jun. 28, 2020.
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July 5, 2020
I think we were all skeptical when we found out that NNHS was going to be an integrated high school. However, whoever selected Eric to be the first person of color to enter NNHS made the right decision. Eric fit in with everyone. He always seemed to be laughing and smiling. He was one great person.
Rip Collins
Classmate
July 2, 2020
I loved Eric and Larry Burden, and they loved me.
Typhoon team mates forever.
Mike Fordham
Friend
June 29, 2020
Eric was one of my older first cousins. What I remember most about him from when I was a child was that he would act like a monster and chase me and Lolo around the house. I don't know about Lolo but I actually felt scared. In later years Eric and I talked more frequently and he would not hang up without telling me that he loved me. Now instead of thinking mostly of how he scared me I think of how he loved me. Sending prayers for the family.
Susan Burks
Family
June 29, 2020
So sorry to hear about your loss. You know that God and Jesus are in the best position to comfort us when we lose a loved one in death.
June 29, 2020
praying for the family.

From Thomas Scott, son of neighbor, Willie Piney Scott, on 31st Street.
Julien Thomas Scott, Sr.
Neighbor
June 28, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping the Burden family in my prayers. I hope your memories give you all comfort during this time.

Former classmate of Keven and Deven
Stephanie Fee
June 28, 2020
Dear Burden Family,
Heartfelt condolences are being sent to you all during the loss of Eric. Eric and I were Classmates. Huntington High School Vikings, Class of 1966.
Keep his precious, loving memories in your hearts and Eric will live there forever. God Bless!
Linda Beckett Spencer,
Mighty Vikings Class of 1966
Linda Beckett Spencer
Classmate
June 28, 2020
Eric blazed the trail for many of us who attended Newport News High School. Always a gentleman. Always calm and cool. I am blessed we were able to connect in our later years. His love of writing and his concern for future generations was always on display. You will be missed.

To the Burden family, his footprints will forever be etched as a part of our history at Newport News High School. My caring thoughts will be with you during this difficult time.
Faye Cheek Jackson
Friend
June 28, 2020
The Burdens lived on Kentucky Avenue many years ago.They lived in the house next the Sparks. I remember seeing Eric a while back when he visited Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Arlington, Va. I extend my sincere condolences to the Burden family. I pray that God will comfort and give you the strength that you need at this time and as you go forward with your lives. Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can not heal.
Sherlock
Friend
June 28, 2020
Eric was the first and only African American who integrated Newport News High School and he was an all Star Athlete who put Newport News High School on the map not just because of his athletic abilities but his Kindness and his Caring, and his Wisdom and his Willingness to help anybody and everybody who were his Classmates in any way that he could. His brother Larry followed him into Newport News High School and both men were men of exceptional Character and made a difference in my life and the life of so many others. May Eric's Memory Always Be For A Blessing and may we do Acts Of Loving Kindness in his Memory!
Edward M Olshansky
Friend
June 27, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. You always gave me great advice. I always looked up to you.
Claude Purdy
Friend
June 27, 2020
Eric was a true gentleman...always smiling, happy and thoughtful...his family are in my prayers and please know he will always carry a special place in our hearts. So thankful to have shared ideas and other communication with him on social media..
Jennie easmeil alexander
Classmate
June 27, 2020
Deepest sympathy. Erick blazed the path bravely at Newport News High. He is fondly remembered by many. May you have peace in knowing you will see him again.
John & Cheryl Mays Howard
Acquaintance
June 27, 2020
Rest in Heavenly peace Eric. May God bring comfort and peace to the family in this time of sorrow.
Joseph Dunn
Friend
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