Calvin R. Burgess

Published 10:28 am Friday, July 12, 2013

FRANKLIN—Calvin Rawls Burgess, 89, passed away July 10, 2013, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. He was a lifelong resident of Southampton County, a son of the late George Garvey and Myra Forrest Burgess and was predeceased by a daughter, Ellen Burgess Williams.

Mr. Burgess was an Army veteran of World War II, a member of Sycamore Baptist Church and Bronco Rod and Gun Club and was retired from Union Camp Corporation after 47 years.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 69 years, Margaret Cobb Burgess; two daughters, Susan Grattan and husband, John, of Atlanta, Ga., and Myra Burgess and husband, Bobby, of Lake Mary, Fla.; one brother, George Burgess Jr. of Franklin; six grandchildren, Jonathan, Matthew and Andrew Grattan, Christopher, Amanda and Jennifer Williams and six great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at Poplar Spring Cemetery, with Rev. Dr. Roger Crump officiating. The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Wright Funeral Home and suggests memorials be made to Sycamore Baptist Church or a favorite charity.