George G. Burgess Jr.

Published 4:03 pm Thursday, December 31, 2020

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FRANKLIN – George Garvey Burgess Jr. passed away on Dec. 29, 2020, at the age of 94.

George G. Burgess Jr.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Elizabeth Cullins Burgess; his parents, Myra Forrest Burgess and George G. Burgess Sr.; a brother, Calvin R. Burgess; and a grandson, Travis P. Burgess. George was a beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle and friend.

George was a patriot who loved his country and served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army in Rome, Italy.

He was employed by Union Camp Corporation for 40 years, spending the latter part of his career as an assistant superintendent in the pulp mill.

George is survived by three sons, George G. Burgess III (Sharon) of North Augusta, South Carolina; Brian M. Burgess (Belinda) of Prairie Grove, Arkansas; and Kevin P. Burgess (Karen) of Ferrum, Virginia; six grandchildren, Kenny Brown, Brenda Metcalf, Matthew Burgess, Tyler Burgess (Marissa), Logan Burgess and Emily Burgess; and three great-grandchildren, Lillie, Emma and Sophia; a sister-in-law, Margaret C. Burgess of Franklin; and a brother-in-law, Will R. “Dooley” Cullins and his wife, Lynne of Apex, North Carolina. He expressed regularly his love for his many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He loved to travel, but as far as he was concerned there was no place like Franklin. He rarely missed a chance to purchase fish fry and/or pig pickin’ dinners to help raise money for various organizations. He was a member of the Charles R. Younts American Legion Post No. 73 and a lifelong member of Sycamore Baptist Church.

There will be many who miss his “ALL CAPS” posts on Facebook, as well as his “thinking of you” messages.

At this time no services have been scheduled. Memorial donations made in his honor can be made to Sycamore Baptist Church or the American Legion of Franklin.