Steven Lee Burlas

Published 7:27 pm Wednesday, May 2, 2018

AHOSKIE, N.C. — Steven Lee Burlas, 60, passed away on April 30, 2018, in Southampton County, Virginia, in a tragic car accident.

Steven Lee Burlas

Steve was born on Aug. 10, 1957, to the late Napoleon Bonaparte Burlas Jr. and Cleo Brinkley Lawson in Norfolk, Virginia.

He grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and graduated from Cox High School in 1976. Steve attended Norfolk State, where he played football for two years. Steve was a long-distance truck driver and enjoyed traveling. He loved life and his family, especially his granddaughter “Lizzy.”

Steve was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan, and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Left to cherish Steve’s memory are his daughter, Barbara “Barb” Burlas Whitehead and husband, Robert of Windsor, North Carolina; special friend, Li Yang of Southampton Meadows, Virginia; sister, Sharon Martinette Pflueger and Steven of Virginia Beach; six brothers, Bill Cooke and wife, Amy, of Norfolk; Tony Martinette and fiancée, Cherene, of Courtland, Virginia; Barry Martinette and wife, Brenda, of Portsmouth, Virginia; and Al, Ronnie, Donnie Burlas of Nashville, Tennessee; and a granddaughter, Elizabeth Powell.

The family will receive friends on Friday, May 4, from 7 until 8:30 p.m., in Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, North Carolina.

The celebration of life service will be on Saturday, May 5, at 11 a.m., in the Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie Chapel, with the Rev. Greg Hurdle officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given directly to the Burlas family or online at

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie Chapel, is handling the arrangements for the Burlas family, and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting