Francis Wayne Burke, 64, of Vidalia, died Sunday, July 13, 2014, at his home after a brief illness. He was born in Bulloch County on March 31, 1950, to Francis Holmes Burke and Lonita Myrtis Shuman Burke. He moved to Vidalia in 1962, and was a 1968 graduate of Vidalia High School. While in high school, he began his funeral service career with Murchison Funeral Home, and went on to graduate from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta. He was licensed by the State of Georgia as a funeral director and embalmer. He was employed with Deloach Funeral Home in Waynesboro, and also served as the Burke County Coroner for several years. Later, he worked with Elliott Funeral Home in Augusta, and most recently retired from Swain Funeral Home in Baxley.
Burke is survived by his wife of ten years, Faith Somers Burke of Vidalia; two daughters, Betty Burke Hallman and husband, Kevin, of North Augusta, South Carolina, and Olivia Williford Pratt and husband, Frank, of Cartersville; five grandchildren, Taylor Herold, Chase Herold, Amber Hallman, and McKenzie Hallman, all of North Augusta, and Rose Pratt of Cartersville; one sister: Cherry Lowery and husband, Robert, of Brooklet; one niece: Jennifer Lowery Gordon and husband, Joey, of Brooklet; one nephew: Justin Lowery of Brooklet; and numerous great-nieces, and great-nephews.
The family received friends at home, and visitation was held on Wednesday afternoon from 4:00 until 6:00.
The funeral service was held Thursday, July 17, at 11:00 a.m. in the Vidalia Presbyterian Church with Reverend Kevin Hicks officiating. Burial will follow in Pinecrest Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jim Reid, Chris Murray, Steve Leatherwood, Justin Lowery, Kevin Hallman, James Jackson, Justin McLellan and David Johnson.
Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Nu-Hope Club, P.O. Box 222, Vidalia GA 30475.
Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home of Vidalia was in charge of arrangements.