John Burden, 90, of Coeburn, passed away Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the Johnston Memorial Hospital Abingdon, Virginia.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Kathleen Burden; his parents, Oscar abd Mary Harding Burden; three brothers, Wallace Burden, Edwin Burden, Sidney Burden; a sister, Annetta Brawley.
He moved to Dante, Virginia in 1947 and meet his wife and graduated from Dante High School. He was a Veteran of the Korean War serving in the U.S. Air Force; retired Miner employed by Clinchfield Coal Company, a member of the UMWA for 70 years; was President of Local #1470 for 28 years; was very much involved in the Safety of Miners working environment and assisted the UMWA after his retirement.
He was passionate in taking care of his family above all else.; he enjoyed making Pecan and Apple Pies for his church family and friends where he was a member of the First Baptist Church and was active in there Food Bank and was a 50 year member of the Coeburn Masonic Lodge #97 A.F. & A.M.
Surviving are a son, John Andrew Burden of Coeburn, VA.; a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Collier of Johnson City, Tennessee; three grandchildren, Misty Dawn (Michael) Neece of Gastonia, North Carolina, Brandi Leigh Andra Burden and her fiancé Mehardad Mousavi of Sterling, Virginia and Sydney Reed of Johnson City, Tennessee; a brother Joe (Linda) Burden of Farmville and a sister, Doris (Robert) Hillman of Sumpter, S.C. on several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, November 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sturgill Funeral Home in Coeburn,. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church 701 Front Street East Coeburn with Rev. R.J. Rose officiating. Mr. Burden will lie in state one hour before service time. Entombment will follow in the Temple Hill Memorial Park Castlewood with Military Rites conducted by the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and Local VFW Members.
Please visit www.sturgillfuneral.com to sign guest register book online. Sturgill Funeral Homes 310 6th Street NW Coeburn is in charge of arrangements.
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