Burks, Joseph C. Sr.,
84, returned to his Heavenly Father March 20, 2015. Mr. Burks was a Louisville native, a graduate of DuPont Manual, University of Louisville, and a member of Southeast Christian Church. He was a track star ,boxer, and a running back for Manual's '48 state champs, a Korean War Air Force veteran, director and eventual volunteer for the Cabbage Patch Settlement House, a retired Southern High School teacher, where he coached football and basketball and sponsored the FCA. Mr. Burks was honored as a Louisville Senior Volunteer of the Year, 6th Region Basketball Coach of the Year, and inductee into the Metro Area Athletic Directors' Hall of Fame.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 63 years, Kathleen H. Burks; children, Joe Burks Jr.(Joan), Tessy French(Stephan) and Sally Burks; grandchildren, Cindy Zilich, Adam Burks, Nathan French, Brandon, Ryan and Jordan Blackerby; sisters, Evelyn Shuffett and Edna DeFazio; 10 great grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.
Funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in the chapel of Schoppenhorst Underwood and Brooks Funeral Home (Preston Hwy. at Brooks Rd; use John Harper entrance) with private burial to follow at Hebron Cemetery (intersection of highway 61 and East Hebron Lane in Shepherdsville). Friends may pay their respects on Monday from 2-8 p.m. at Schoppenhorst. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Cabbage Patch Settlement House. www.subfuneralhome.com
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Published by Courier-Journal on Mar. 22, 2015.