LARRY GRAY BURGESS, SR., son of Adella Brinkley Burgess and the late James E. Burgess, was born on September 25, 1955, in Halifax County, North Carolina. After a brief illness, he answered God’s call to eternal rest and peace on Thursday, January 24, 2020, at his residence in Durham, North Carolina.
During his early life, Larry was baptized into the Christian faith and joined the Lee’s Chapel Baptist Church in Littleton, North Carolina.
Larry began his formal education in the Halifax County Public School System and later transitioned to the former Littleton High School in the Warren County Public School System. Immediately following high school, he began employment with the City of Littleton, and later enlisted in the United States Army, where he served his country in the Communication’s Department before being honorably discharged after nine years of loyal, dedicated service.
Larry relocated to Asheboro, North Carolina, obtained his CDL’s and traveled the state as a truck driver for several years. He then attended Randolph Community College, majored in Electrical Systems Technology, and was employed with the ACME McCray Company until his retirement.
Larry was united in Holy Matrimony to the former Brenda Mills of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. God blessed this union with two sons, Larry Gray Burgess, Jr. and Kailan Burgess.
He later divorced and became acquainted with Rebecca Figg, and to this union another son was born, Christopher Figg.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his former wife, Brenda; two brothers, James Edward Burgess II, and Carlton Lee Burgess; his paternal grandparents, Daniel and Otelia Peters Burgess; his maternal grandparents, Willis and Annie Coppedge Brinkley; seven aunts, Vivian Pose, Carolyn B. Mitchell, Daisy Brinkley, Mary C. Brinkley, Mary N. Clawsom, Lula B. Newell, and Nettie B. Brinkley; and eight uncles, Willis Brinkley, Frank Brinkley, John “Rock” Newell, Jr., Wallace Clawsom, Collier Burgess, Jr., Daniel Burgess, Jr., Richmond Burgess, and Horace “Lynne” Burgess.
Those left to forever cherish the precious memories of his life are his three sons, Larry Gray Burgess, Jr. (Kimberly) of Richmond, VA, Kailan Burgess of Harrisburg, PA, and Christopher Figg of Wilmington, NC; three adorable grandchildren, Kamari, London, and Larry all of Richmond, VA; his mother, Adella B. Burgess of Littleton, NC; two sisters, Dr. Otelia Royster of Knightdale, NC, and CEO Hazel L. Burgess of San Diego, CA; one brother, Elmond Ray Burgess (Diane) of Randleman, NC; five aunts, Velma Brinkley and Sarah Jefferson of Littleton, NC, Alice Rivers and Annie Pearl Newell of Brooklyn, NY, and Susie Johnson (Kelly) of Norfolk, VA; four uncles, Leroy Brinkley of Littleton, NC, Robert Burgess, Melvin Burgess (Ella), and Rev. Geno Mitchell all of Roanoke Rapids, NC; two sisters-in-law, Jeanette LaFamina Burgess (Richmond) and Gladys Royster Burgess of Littleton, NC; two brothers-in-law, Kenneth Davis of San Diego, CA, and Milton Royster of Littleton, NC; six nieces, Dr. Amiee Richardson (Darrell) of Nashville, NC, Dr. Amelia Royster-Davis (Christopher) of Raleigh, NC, Christina LaFamina-Davis (Michael), Shanna Burgess Wilson (Shadazza), Clystia Burgess Taylor (Kevin) all of Richmond, VA, and Andreau Burgess (Johnny) of Randleman, NC; six nephews, Gregory Lamont Royster (Scottie) of Sugar Hill, GA, James Edward Burgess III of Roanoke, VA, Raphael Salvatore Burgess and Jarvis Davis of San Diego, CA, Derrick Burgess and Arquez Lee Burgess of Littleton NC; and a host of great-nieces, cousins, and friends who will all miss his earthly presence and forever share the legacy of his love.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at the Saint Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 6154 Bowers Road, Littleton, NC. Rev. Dr. Leon Abbott will deliver the eulogy, and burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, January 31, 2020, from 7:00 -9:00 P.M. and at the church for one hour prior to the funeral time.
“IN OUR HEARTS”