Burgin, William Grady “Bill”, Jr. (2009)

Obituary of Reverend William Grady “Bill” Burgin Jr. ~ 2009

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

Reverend William Grady “Bill” Burgin Jr., age 65, died Thursday February 19, 2009, at his residence.  A native of Haywood County, he was a son of the late Reverend W. Grady and Lois Lavender Burgin.

He was a United States Navy veteran having served as a medical corpsman in Vietnam.  Later, he worked as a physician’s assistant, photographer, and freelance writer.  Bill retired as a United Methodist pastor in 2007.  He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Mary Lindley Burgin; one son William Clark Burgin and his wife Leslie of Mt. Holly; two daughters, Kathy Lynn Burgin Sisk and her husband Tim of Leicester, and Karen Burgin McLaughlin and her husband Mark of Leesburg, VA; one sister Reverend Dr. Nancy Burgin Rankin and her husband Terry of Charlotte, NC; three grandchildren, Haley Burgin, Beth McLaughlin, and Mark McLaughlin Jr.; a niece; a nephew; three great nieces; two great nephews; and an extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday February 28, 2009 at Clyde Central United Methodist Church with the Rev. Randy Tingle and Reverend Dr. Nancy Burgin Rankin officiating.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the fellowship hall of the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Clyde Central United Methodist Church for the sound system, PO Box 8 Clyde, NC 28721; The Williamson Fund Cancer Care of WNC 445 Biltmore Avenue Suite 100 Asheville, NC 28801; The Foundation for Evangelism PO Box 985 Lake Junaluska, NC 28745; or Haywood Regional Medical Center Hospice 560 Leroy George Drive Clyde, NC 28721.  Wells Funeral Homes & Cremation Services of Waynesville is in charge of arrangements.

The News Bulletin of McDowell County, Wednesday February 25, 2008 Volume 15 # 8