Norman Denzil Burke

June 15, 1931 ~ March 11, 2020 (age 88)


NORMAN DENZIL BURKE, age 88 of Athens, Tn. went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, surrounded by his family. Denzil was the son of the late Fred Blackman and Clara Naomi Burke. Denzil was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, stationed in Germany. He was a member of Tennessee Army National Guard. Denzil retired from Bowater Newsprint after 38 years of service and was a member of East Athens Baptist Church. 
Survivors include:

  • His Wife of 24 years: Geneva Cass Burke of Athens, Tenn.
  • Two Sons: Norman Lindsey Burke and his wife Rita Burke of Riceville, Tenn. and Richard M. Burke and his wife, Daris Burke of Athens, Tenn.
  • Grandchildren: Heather Burke Jarvis and her husband Wayne Jarvis, Matthew Burke and his wife, Katie Burke, Rachel Burke, and Rebekah Burke
  • Great grandchildren, Ryan Burke Jarvis and Kennedy Burke,
  • Brother-in-law: Ronnie and his wife Joan Cass,
  • Sisters-in-law: Connie Bohannon and Johnnie Cass

Funeral services will be 7:00 P.M. Friday, March 13, 2020 in the Chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with Rev. Jason Robertson officiating.

Interment will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 14, 2020 in McMinn Memory Gardens with military honors.

Active pallbearers will be Ronnie Cass, Matthew Burke, Bob Callahan, Ken Hammonds, Charlie Stewart, and Harold Mooneyham.

The family will recieve friends from 5-7 Friday in the funeral home.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to McMinn Regional Humane Society, 219 Alford St., Athens, Tenn.

Condolences may be sent to

Arrangements by Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home, Athens, Tn. 

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March 13, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home
521 N. Jackson Street
Athens, TN 37303

Funeral Service
March 13, 2020

7:00 PM
Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home
521 N. Jackson Street
Athens, TN 37303

Graveside Service
March 14, 2020

11:00 AM
McMinn Memory Gardens
1739 County Road 560
Athens, TN 37303


McMinn Regional Humane Society
219 Alford Street, Athens TN 37303
Tel: 1-423-744-9548

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