William "Billy" Delma Burgess
February 12, 2021
William "Billy" Delma Burgess, 72, of Roanoke, passed away on riday, February 12, 2021.
He was a long-time member of Christ Lutheran Church of Roanoke, serving as an usher and participating in their HandyFolk group. He served in the Vietnam War in the 500th engineering division. Billy worked at Norfolk Southern and retired after 42 years of service. Billy was also an active and supporting member of the Southwestern Virginia Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Association and also the Southwestern Virginia Antique Farm Days.
His life revolved around his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a devoted husband, father, brother, Papaw, and friend. He was a master craftsman who excelled in everything he did. He not only excelled as a craftsman but, in every aspect of life. He always put the needs of others before himself.
Billy was preceded in death by his parents, Delma A. Burgess and Geneva Turman Burgess. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Carolyn Burgess; his son, Jonathan and daughter-in-law, Lauren; grandchildren, Lane, Jonathan II, and Olivia; sister, Peggy Burgess; brother, Mike and sister-in-law, Sandra; sister, Susan Eggleton; nephew, Matthew Eggleton; nieces, Amanda Eggleton, Terri Burgess and Jenny Marshall; sister-in-law, Patricia Lancaster; brother-in-law, Jim Crump and wife, Julia; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and very special friends.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Mark Schmitt, Dr. Joshua Morales, Dr. Brett Adams, and their dedicated staff and nursing teams at Blue Ridge Cancer Center. The family would also like to say a special thank you to the care team at Roanoke Memorial Hospital on 7 South CCU.
A private family service will be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2021. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in his memory to Christ Lutheran Church of Roanoke, 2011 Brandon Ave. Roanoke, VA 24015, Prostate Cancer Foundation or charity of choice
Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.
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Published by Roanoke Times on Feb. 16, 2021.