Buna Lucille Burke of Abingdon, Virginia, passed away on June 4, 2020. She was born on September 11, 1933 and was the daughter of the late Samuel Jonah and Lena Grace Lewis.
Buna was many wonderful things. She was a friend to small animals, which regularly sat beside her chair at meals waiting for food that somehow always managed to “accidentally” fall off the table. She was a frequent user of nicknames, as ready to receive as to dish out, with “Josephine”, “Joe”, “Lollipop” and “Candy Cane” among the countless go-to’s in her arsenal. She was soft-spoken and kind, sharing a smile that could light up the darkest room. She was a fine Christian lady who lived her faith every day and enjoyed Gospel music. But more than anything, she was full of love. She loved, and was loved, in a way that most can only dream of.
She lived each day for her late husband Ralph Burke, daughter Debbie, son-in-law Steve, grandchildren Cory, Dustin, and Candace, surviving sibling Glen (Debbie), and those siblings who preceded her - James, Paul, Ruth, Carl, Kate, Arlene, Bill, Thurman and Jenny; nieces Diana, Jennie, Phyllis, Vicki, Lora, Ginger, Kris, and Holly; and nephews Mike, Allen, Chip, Michael, David, Matthew, Dalton and Jeremy; sister-in-law Lillian Burke, along with a host of other nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends. And each of them deeply cherished every moment that they were able to spend with her.
June 4th, 2020 was a special day for many of these individuals, at long last able to reunite with Buna in heaven. It was a special day for those whom she left behind as well, as they were reminded once again of how blessed they were to have been a part of her 86 years on Earth.
The family would like to express their deep appreciation to the employees at Bristol Rehab and Memory Care and Caris Healthcare for their compassion and kindness over the last year.
A graveside service for Mrs. Burke will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Forest Hills Memory Gardens with Pastor Larry Glover officiating. Those planning to attend are asked to follow all current Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Dawn of Hope, P.O. Box 30, Johnson City, TN 37605.
Frost Funeral Home and Cremation Services of 250 E. Main St., Abingdon, VA 24210 is honored to serve the Burke family.