Joseph Burke, Jr.

Joseph Leonard Burke, Jr.

Tuesday, June 7th, 1932 - Wednesday, April 15th, 2020
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Joseph Leonard Burke, Jr.
June 7, 1932 – April 15, 2020

Joe was born in Quincy, Florida and was the son of the late Joseph L. Burke Sr and Jessie Maye Bourn. He was preceded in death by his spouse Marda T. Burke in 2015 and sister, Annette.

Joe served our country as a Korean Air Force Veteran of the 5th Air Force. He was an executive for Hertz and National Car Rental, later moving to the North Georgia Mountains, where he became a private business owner of Burke’s Country Store in Hollywood Georgia and a U.S. Postmaster, butcher, farmer, beekeeper, and entrepreneur of many trades. After 15 years, he became a local realtor, then later a craftsman with his wife Marda and manufactured furniture for many years. In his later years, he worked as a butcher at Ingles in Clarkesville, Georgia, retiring after 10 years, at the age of 82. Joe was a long-time member and Deacon of Hollywood Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family, participating with church functions, fishing and golfing.

Joe is survived by his daughters and sons-in laws, Von and Chuck Stephens of Cleveland, Georgia and Tracy and Owen Krueger of Seattle, Washington; sons and daughter-in-law, Steve Burke of Pelham, Alabama, Skip and Tina Burke of Flowery Branch, Georgia; six grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; and numerous others that all knew and loved him as “Grandpa”.

The family will observe a private graveside service. Considering the shelter in place mandate, there will be a Celebration of Life fellowship dinner and service in memory of Joe at Hollywood Baptist Church on a date TBD, at the point church resumes. In lieu of flowers, Joe’s wishes were that donations be made and mailed to Hollywood Baptist Church: 208 Hollywood Church Rd, Clarkesville, GA 30523.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the Wilkinson Center, Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center and to the many individual caregivers for the amazing care provided in the recent months.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at

Habersham Crematory (678-617-2210) of Cornelia is in charge of arrangements.
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Angela Martin

Posted at 05:38pm
My condolences to the family. I worked with Joe at Ingles Market in Clarkesville Ga for many years. I will always treasure the wisdom and humor of his life stories he shared with me. I am honored to have known him.

Angie Hubbard

Posted at 06:00pm
Von, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I thought so much of your Dad. He was an incredible person. I never will forget how he gave a pair of his old golf shoes to my son. They didn't seem that old to us. My son wore them for several years while playing on the Golf team at school. Joe will be missed.

Tillie Williams

Posted at 08:29am
Von, so sorry to hear of the lose of your dad. He and Marta were friends of Buster and me for many years. I had not seen him since he left Ingle's, but thought of him often. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Buster and Tillie Williams

Tim Miller

Posted at 08:53pm
Von I am so Soto hear about thus. Please know that y’all are in my prayers.

Deborah Beam

Posted at 06:26pm
Von, so sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family.

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