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Ernest Burke and Ardella Johnson

Ernest Burke
and Ardella Johnson

Ernest Burke b 15 Jun 1919/20 Speight Pike Co KY d 17 Jan 1996 McRoberts, KY; buried McRoberts Cemetery, McRoberts, KY; s/o Simon Burke and Martha Tackett. Ernest Burke m. about 1937 to Ardella Johnson b Feb 1919; d/o Andrew Andy Johnson and Charlotta Lottie Johnson. Children of Ernest Burke and Ardella Johnson;

1. James D Burke

2. Joe Burke

3. Coleman Burke

4. Ben Denton Burke 2 Sept 1941 KY d 30 Dec 1961 Letcher Co KY; age 20; buried Amil Little Cemetery, Pike Co KY; findagrave 22856573.

Obituary of Ernest Burke
Letcher Co Community News-Press
Cromona, Kentucky, 26 Jan 1996, Area Deaths

Ernest Burke, son of the late Simon and Martha Tackett Burke, was born at Speight, Kentucky on June 15, 1919. He died at his residence in McRoberts on Wednesday, January 17, 1996, making him 76 years, seven months and two days of age at the time of his death. Ernest was preceded in death by one son, Ben Denton Burke, a sister, Morine Hardin and brother Oscar Burke. Survivors include his wife, Ardela, of McRoberts; stepmother, Gertrude Burke of Wheelwright; grandson, Joe Burke, Jr. of Ermine, whom he raised as a son; sons: James D Burke of Heidelberg, Kentucky; sisters; Delores Betterton of Ft. Pierce, Florida; Mary Johnson of Speight; Maury Caudill of Wheelwright; Sara Bentley of Louisville; brothers: Bonie Burke of McRoberts; Willie Burke of Ft. Pierce; George Burke of Louisville; Frank, Elvis Buddy and Morris Burke, all of Wheelwright; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Ernest has been a member of the McRoberts Old Regular Baptist Church for over sixteen years. He worked tirelessly at the church as a maintenance man and custodian. He was a retired coal miner, having worked in and around mining for forty-three years. He was also a member of the United Mine Workers of America for over sixty years. He and his wife Ardela celebrated 58 years of marriage last year. Funeral services for Ernest Burke were conducted from the McRoberts Old Regular Baptist Church at McRoberts, Kentucky on Saturday, January 20, 1996 at 11 a.m. The officiating ministers were Adrian Hall and Gerald Hopkins, while family members and friends served as pallbearers. Burial took place in the McRoberts Cemetery at McRoberts, Kentucky. Banks Funeral Home of Fleming-Neon, Kentucky was in charge of the arrangements.

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