Thomas Edwin Burgess
Thomas Edwin Burgess
  • March 12, 1926 - March 10, 2017
  • North Carolina

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Mr. Thomas Edwin Burgess, Sr., 90, of High Point, went to be with his Lord Friday, March 10, 2017.

Please join us in celebrating his life on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Hanes-Lineberry Vanstory Chapel followed by a committal service at Guilford Memorial Park.

Thomas was born March 12, 1926 in High Point, the son of David Cornelius Burgess and Margie McCarty Burgess. Thomas also has two sisters, Ruth Thomas of High Point and Ellen Hobby Patton (deceased); and three brothers, Jim Burgess of Salisbury, Roland Burgess (deceased) and David Hobby (deceased).
Thomas was a veteran of the US Navy during WWII, serving on a mine sweeper. He attended NC State and was later employed by Monarch and Dover Elevator Companies. Most of all, Thomas was a very active member of Immanuel Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon. He was a very strong Christian man who enjoyed making hospital visits and being helpful to those in need.

In addition to his parents, Thomas was preceded in death by first wife, Rebecca Jane Carter Burgess and his daughter, Connie Rebecca Burgess. His life was further enriched when he married his fellow church member, Mary Odom Burgess, also preceding him in death.

To carry on his legacy is his children, Thomas Edwin Burgess, Jr. and Tammy Burgess and husband David Rowland, all of Greensboro. Thomas was also blessed with beautiful grandchildren, Brandi and Jenni Burgess from his first marriage to Rebecca Carter Burgess. He was later blessed again with three more beautiful grandchildren, Wrenn Bruton, Jameson and Mary Kathryn Midgett from his second marriage to Mary Odom Burgess. His family also was further enriched by Mary's children, Ben and Carol Odom, Doug Long and Janice Odom, Rob and Susan Midgett and Joe and Christine Ringuette.

Family and friends will be received Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 1:30 p.m., prior to the service with refreshments, at the funeral home.

Memorials for Thomas may be made to Immanuel Baptist Church, 2432 W. Gate City Blvd., Greensboro, NC 27403; Free the Kids Orphanage of Haiti (Designation: Medical Clinic), 5704 W. Market St. #8947, Greensboro, NC 27419 and Dress for Success, 375 Buxton St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101. Most importantly, do as Thomas would have done: befriend an international student in your community and love generously.

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