William E. Burkhart10:29 am | January 16, 2013
William E. Burkhart, 75, 410 West G Street, Elizabethton, passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
A native of St. Charles, Va., he was a son of the late Willie E. and Gladys Wells Burkhart.
Mr. Burkhart had lived in Elizabethton since 1977. He was retired from the United States Army, where he received the rank of Sgt. 1st Class. He served in the Vietnam Era. He was a recipient of the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars and a Gold Cluster.
Mr. Burkhart also retired from the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center as an Admissions Clerk. He was an active member of Pleasant Beach Baptist Church, where he served in the bus ministry and also as an usher.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Anna Gibson Burkhart; two sons and daughters-in-law, Tommy Lynn and Sandra Burkhart and William Kenneth and Claudia Burkhart, all of Elizabethton; eight grandchildren, Brittney, Taylor, Rachel, Brandon, Logan, Nate, Tristan and Ian; a great-grandson, Bentley; and a brother, Walter G. Burkhart, Lawrenceville, Ga.
Funeral services for Mr. Burkhart will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday, January 18, with Pastor Mark Fowler officiating. Graveside services and interment will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 19, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10:20 a.m. Saturday, will be Johnny M. Burleson, Ricky Burleson, Brandon, Logan and Taylor Burkhart, Carl Gibson and Johnny L. Gibson. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Burleson, Pastor Bobby Stout and the men of Pleasant Beach Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:20 a.m. Saturday to go to the cemetery. Condolences to the Burkhart may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.