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Jemmie Ray Burke

February 1, 1937 ~ November 6, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Jemmie Burke Obituary

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Jemmie Ray Burke, a cherished member of our community. Jemmie, aged 86, peacefully departed from this world on November 6, 2023, at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Center in Hazard, Kentucky. His presence will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Born on February 1, 1937, in Beefhide, Kentucky, Jemmie was a man of honor and integrity. He embodied the values of hard work, dedication, and love for his family. Jemmie's life was a testament to the strength of character and the importance of genuine connections. He was a dedicated member of the Lonesome Pine Masonic Lodge for 61 years.

Jemmie is survived by his devoted wife, Carol Loretta (Pennell) Burke, with whom he shared 68 years, 9 months, and 28 days of unwavering commitment and devotion. Their love story is one that has inspired generations, a true testament to the power of a lasting partnership.

Jemmie's memory will forever be cherished by his son, Joey Dale Burke, and his wife, Rebecca, of Millstone, Kentucky. He was also a beloved father to his daughters, Debbie Kay Potter and her husband, Ronnie, of Neon, Kentucky, and Anna Rae Martin and her husband, David, of Middlesboro, Kentucky. Jemmie's children were his pride and joy, and he leaves behind a lasting legacy of love and guidance. 

In addition to his children, Jemmie is survived by his grandsons, Justin Ray Potter and Darryl Allen Martin. He found immense joy in watching them grow and succeed, instilling in them the values he held dear. Jemmie's great-grandchildren, Ty and Penelope Martin, brought him immeasurable happiness, and he treasured every moment spent with them.  Also surviving, Vivian Ann Sergent. sister of McRoberts, Kentucky and James Arnold Burke, brother of Brandenburg, Kentucky.

Jemmie was preceded in death by his parents, Prentice and Sarah (Tackett) Burke, as well as his brother Kenneth Burke and his sister Barbara (Burke) Morgan. Their spirits now join Jemmie in eternal peace, reunited in a realm beyond our reach.

In honor of Jemmie's memory, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the Lonesome Pine Masonic Lodge Children’s Christmas Fund. Your contributions will help make a difference in the lives of children in need. Donations can be sent to PO Box 266, Neon, KY 41840. 

Saturday Masonic Rites @ 7:00. 

As we gather to bid farewell to Jemmie, let us remember the indelible mark he left on our lives. His wisdom, kindness, and unwavering love will forever remain in our hearts.  We have peace in knowing his soul has found eternal peace.  May his memory be a guiding light for us all.



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November 11, 2023

5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Neon First Church of God
13 Church Street
Neon, KY 41840

Masonic Service
November 11, 2023

7:00 PM
Neon First Church of God
13 Church Street
Neon, KY 41840

Funeral Service
November 12, 2023

1:00 PM
Neon First Church of God
13 Church Street
Neon, KY 41840


Lonesome Pine Masonic Lodge Children's Christmas Fund
P.O. Box 266, Neon KY 41840


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