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John Atkerson Burgess

John Atkerson Burgess, 92, of Alton, husband of Myrtis Brandon Burgess, died Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at his residence.

John was the son of the late Samuel Hales and Nannie Henderson Burgess and was the last surviving child of 12.

After serving in the U. S. Navy during World War II, he retired from Virginia Power after 34 years of service.

He and Myrtis were married for 66 years.

Mr. Burgess was a lifelong member of American Legion Post 8 of South Boston and of Alton Baptist Church.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Alton Baptist Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Vance Midgett. Burial will be private.

Surviving in addition to his wife is a daughter, Janet B. Vaughan, and her husband, Ronnie, of Alton, grandchildren Adrienne Burgess Snead and husband Tim of Scottsburg, Heather Ann Reed of Alton and Jeremy Lee Vaughan of South Boston.

He was predeceased by a son, Jerry Allen Burgess, seven sisters and four brothers.

Visitation will be held immediately following the memorial service, and the family requests everyone attending to come casual.

Contributions may be made to the Halifax Regional Hospice, 2204 Wilborn Avenue, South Boston, VA 24592 or the Women Missionary Union at Alton Baptist Church, Alton, VA 24520.

The family is being cared for by the Cremation Society of Virginia, Clarksville.

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