Mr. Burkeen was born in Calloway County on July 1, 1924 to the late Barness Burkeen and Ola Hopkins Burkeen. Mr. Burkeen worked at Tappan Manufacturing Company, Murray Division, for 34 years and later retired with Murray High School after serving 16 years as custodian. Mr. Burkeen was a member of the First Baptist Church and a member of the Baraca Sunday School class. He was also an Army Veteran of WWII.
In addition to his parents Mr. Burkeen was preceded in death by two brothers, Johnny and Barness Ray Burkeen.
Mr. Burkeen is survived by his wife, Jo Burkeen of Murray, to whom he married on July 27, 1946 in Hardin; one daughter, Patsy Black and husband Grant of Hardin; one son Dennis Burkeen and wife Rhonda of Aurora; four sisters, Mary Outland of Murray, Euple Lee and husband Bobby Joe of Almo, Pauline Crotzer of Jeffersontown and Ola Mae James of Nashville, Tenn.; one brother, Jackie Burkeen and wife Shirley of Murray; three grandchildren, James B. Burkeen and wife Catherine of Murray, Emily McGill and husband Justin of Hardin, and Jennifer Linn of Murray; five great grandchildren, Eva Linn, Brody McGill, Mason Linn, Will Burkeen and Ellie Burkeen; two brothers-in-law, Bobby Workman of Columbus, Miss. and John Murdock of Murray and 27 nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held on Monday, November 18 at 11:00 a.m. at Murray Memorial Gardens.
Expressions of sympathy can be made to Need Line Association, 638 South 4th Street, Murray.
Online condolences can be made at www.thejhchurchillfuneralhome.com.