Barbara Jean (Ms. Barbara) Burks passed away peacefully at her home on July 6, 2016.
Barbara was born to Fred L. and Burtis M. Henley on April 9, 1938, in the small community of Kickapoo, southeast of Frankston, Texas.
She attended Frankston schools and graduated from Frankston High School in 1956. She attended Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, East Texas Baptist University in Marshall and graduated from East Texas State University in Commerce in 1960, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education.
On August 12, 1960, she was married to Gerald L. (Jerry) Burks of Frankston and they established their home in Jacksonville.
Her first job in Jacksonville was as a private tutor. At the beginning of the next year, she was employed as an elementary teacher in the New Hope Common School District, west of Jacksonville. She continued her employment there until the birth of her second son. She remained at home for several years and was then asked to join Bunny Beall in establishing the Christian Day School at the Evangelical Methodist Church in Jacksonville.
She remained at Christian Day School until she opened Happy Days Christian Preschool and Kindergarten in 1984. She operated Happy Days until 2007 when bad health forced her to retire.
She spent her remaining years loving her family and trying to keep up with the progress of all her "adopted children" whom she influenced during her lifetime.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, J. Louie and Mary Lee Burks.
She is survived by her husband Gerald L. (Jerry) Burks of Jacksonville; sons, Dr. Scott Burks and wife Carrie of Hattiesburg, MS, and Tim Burks of Frankston; grandsons, Jonathan and Andrew Burks of Hattiesburg, MS; sister, Beverly Beard of Frankston; brother-in-law, Johnny Burks and wife Judy of Frankston; nephews, Spencer Beard and wife Janisue of Frankston, Greg Beard and wife Becky of Frankston, Gary Beard and wife Margo of Athens, Dr. Bill Westbrook and wife Rhonda of Longview, Steve Westbrook and wife Sandra of Brenham; nieces, Susan Beard and husband Kevin of Frankston, Stephanie Brink and husband Mack of Dallas and a host of great-nieces and great-nephews.
Pallbearers will be Jonathan Burks, Andrew Burks, Jeff Austin Jr., Ronnie Lee, Sonny Perry and Rodney Wofford.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Laureate Iota Rho Sorority, Goodfellows Bible Class of Central Baptist Church, ETMC Coffee Group, Frank Waggoner, Charles Creed, Frank Goodson and John Thigpen.
Services will be held at 10 o'clock in the morning Saturday, July 9, 2016, at Central Baptist Church in Jacksonville, with Steve Edwards and J.A. Griffin officiating. She will be laid to rest at Frankston City Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville.
Visitation will begin on Friday, July 8, 2016, and friends are cordially invited to visit with the family from 7 to 9 o'clock in the evening at Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville.
Rather than customary condolences, it is suggested that contributions be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis, TN, or a charity of your choice.
Published on July 8, 2016