GRANT JUNIUS BURGESS was born to the late Wiley Burgess and Fannie Cheeks Burgess on September 1, 1928, in Halifax County, North Carolina, and departed this earthly life on Monday, April 28, 2014, at Magnolia Gardens of Warrenton, Warrenton, North Carolina.
During his early life, he accepted Christ and became a member of the St. Luke Baptist Church in Littleton, North Carolina. He took great pride in re-telling stories of how he and his brothers sang together in the choir, songs that “Pop had marked in the book and told them to sing.”
His formal education was received in the Halifax County Public School System where he attended the former McIver High School in Littleton, North Carolina. He entered the United States Army in March 1951, and was trained for Infantry and Close Combat, served as a Military Police, and later completed a tour of Foreign Services. The National Defense Service Medal was awarded to him prior to his Honorable Discharge in December 1953.
After his military service, he relocated to Baltimore, Maryland, and became employed with E.I. DuPont Company in Curtis Bay, Maryland. He remained many years with the company until his department was moved to Delaware. He then returned to North Carolina, completed several apprenticeships, learned Blueprint Reading, and was employed by major construction companies, completing projects throughout the eastern United States. Upon retirement, he worked with a local landscaper doing perpetual care and building and ground maintenance.
Grant enjoyed fishing, his seasonal gardens, and auto mechanics. He was a congenial person who loved and showed great concern for his family and friends, always making time to help anyone who needed his assistance. Even during his illness, he managed to win the hearts of others, especially those who cared for him during his residency at Magnolia Gardens of Warrenton, and during his recent hospital stay at Maria Parham Hospital in Henderson, North Carolina.
In addition to his parents and his stepmother, Ada Burgess, he was predeceased by his oldest son, Winfred D. Burgess; his brothers, Calvin, David, and Joseph Burgess, and George and Charlie Harrison; and his sister, Betty Mae Harrison Amos.
Those left to forever treasure the precious memories of his life and love are his wife, Laura Eunice Wills Burgess; his son and daughters, Reginald Burgess, Delphyne Brown, Iris Burgess, LaVerne Dzakah, and Lisa Burgess all of Baltimore, MD, and Linda McRae of Roanoke Rapids, NC; six sisters, Bessie Davis of Roanoke Rapids, NC, Lizzie Neville of Baltimore, MD, Ginny Brown and Martha McDaniels (Henry) of Norfolk, VA, Clara Hayes of Brooklyn, NY, and Dorothy Pulley (Shirley) of Enfield, NC; four sisters-in-law, Irene and Patricia Burgess of Baltimore, MD, Reatha Burgess of Roanoke Rapids, NC, and Jean Harrison of Brooklyn, NY; sixteen grandchildren, twenty-one great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, all of whom are “his favorite”; other relatives and friends, including a devoted friend, Lucille Pearson of Roanoke Rapids, NC.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the St. Luke Baptist Church in Littleton, NC. The Pastor, Rev. Cornelius Young will eulogize, and burial will follow in the church cemetery. The body will repose at the church for one hour prior to the funeral time.