Robert E. Burgess

Published 4:37 pm Monday, January 18, 2016

VIRGINIA BEACH — Robert E. Burgess, 67, died unexpectedly on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. He was a native of Franklin, Virginia, and lived in Hampton Roads most of his life.

He was a son of the late Chester W. Burgess Jr. and Mildred Pfeiffer Burgess.

Bob graduated from Franklin High School and Virginia Commonwealth University, class of 1970, with a degree In business administration. He was a longtime member of Emanuel Episcopal Church, Virginia Beach. He retired from the Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service as a criminal investigator after 30 years of service. Following his retirement he worked for a combined task force of the police departments of Newport News, Hampton and Poquoson.

Survivors include his loving wife of 38 years, Barbara Brittan Burgess of Virginia Beach; and his sons, Robert Andrew “Randy” Burgess of Key Largo, Florida; Robert Carter “Carter” Burgess and his wife, Antoinette “Annie” of Neptune Beach, Florida; and Christopher Sims “Chris” Burgess and his significant other, Sunyoung Yi “Sunni,” both of Virginia Beach. He is also survived by his brothers; Chester W. Burgess III and his wife, Jeanie of Chesapeake; William J. Burgess and his wife, Ann, of Franklin; Dennis D. Burgess and his wife, Emily, of Richmond; and Benny Burgess and his wife, Elizabeth, of Franklin; his grandson, Callan Carter “Callan” Burgess; and many nieces and nephews.

His family was very important to him and those who were not family were treated as such. Bob was a caring loving man who lived his Christian values every day.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Laskin Road chapel of H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, in Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Virginia Beach, with the Rev. Mary C. Lacy officiating. A reception at the church social hall will follow the service.

A private family interment will take place at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made in Bob’s memory to Emanuel Episcopal Church, 5181 Singleton Way, Virginia Beach, VA 23462.

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