Walter Philip Burke

October 22, 1932 - January 6, 2017

10/22/1932 - 01/06/2017

Past Services

Tuesday January 10, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Garrett-Sykes Memorial Chapel
314 Main Street West
Murfreesboro, NC 27855
252-396-0202 | Directions
Wednesday January 11, 2017
Following at Riverside Cemetery in Murfreesboro
Murfreesboro, NC 27855
Wednesday January 11, 2017
11:00 am
Murfreesboro United Methodist Church
313 West High Street
Murfreesboro, NC 27855
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Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery.

MURFREESBORO, NC – Walter Philip Burke, age 84, passed away on January 6, 2017 at the Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC.

Mr. Burke, a native of Hertford County, was born on October 22, 1932 to Perry Lewis and Bertha Brittle Burke in Murfreesboro, NC. Walter was an active and loyal member of Murfreesboro United Methodist Church serving for many years on the church council. He served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees that oversaw structural maintenance of the church. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. Walter was known for his dedication to the Murfreesboro community by his work as the owner and operator of College Texaco Service Station for over 35 years. He enjoyed woodworking and working in his yard. Walter loved his family and was a great record keeper of his family’s history. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and will be deeply missed by all that knew and loved him.


Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Lewis, Albert, Bobby, Willard, and Johnnie Burke.

Walter is survived by his loving wife Pat; son, Steve Burke and his wife Donna, of Burlington, NC; two daughters, Denise Burke of Kernersville, NC, Jacquie Burke Gunnells and her husband David, of Murfreesboro; two grandsons, Kevin Burke of Burlington, and Brian Gunnells of Conway, NC; four granddaughters, Shannon Burke of Burlington, Megan Vinson and her husband Jared, of Conway, Brigette Gunnells of Murfreesboro, and Stacey Gunnells; sister, Ann Johnson of Speed, NC; brother, Jerry Burke of Pikesville, NC; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm at Garrett-Sykes Memorial Chapel-Murfreesboro, Murfreesboro, NC, and other times at the home.

A celebration of life funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at 11:00 am at the Murfreesboro United Methodist Church, Murfreesboro, NC, with Rev. Monica Beacham, officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the staff and nurses with Vidant Medical Center Heart Institute, Greenville, NC and Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Ahoskie, NC for all to love and dedicated care shown to Mr. Burke and his family during his illness.

Memorial contributions may be made directly to the Murfreesboro United Methodist Church, Murfreesboro, NC or online by Clicking Here

Garrett-Sykes Memorial Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Burke family and online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting


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Geraldine Johnson
7 years ago

With deepest sympathy.You will be missed.

gardenia barnes
7 years ago

Denise, my thoughts are with you at this time of sorrow. May your fond memories of your dad bring you comfort and peace .

Joyce Hutchinson
7 years ago

So very sorry for your family

Kimberly W Mitchell
7 years ago

Denise I’m so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.

Daphne Vann
7 years ago

May your memories of him, help you through the days ahead and bring a smile to your face.

Elizabeth Smith Harrell
7 years ago

Steve, Denice and Jackie,
So sorry to learn about the passing of your father. Keeping all in my prayers.

Susan Jordan
7 years ago

Keeping the Family’s in prayer.

Jim and Phyllis Dewar
7 years ago

Walter treated customers’ cars just like his own and treated customers with utmost courtesy. Thanks, Walter!

Jim and Phyllis Dewar
7 years ago

Walter treated each car as if it were his own and treated customers with utmost courtesy. He clearly practiced the Golden Rule–and included Cars. Thanks, Walter!

Steve Hill
7 years ago

Thinking of you and your family. Rest easy Uncle Walter