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Homer Eugene "Gene" Burroughs, Sr.
June 23, 1934 ~ September 25, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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Homer Eugene “Gene” Burroughs, Sr., age 89, of Tabor City, NC, passed away peacefully at his residence Monday, September 25, 2023.
He was born in Tabor City, NC on June 23, 1934. Gene’s parents were the late Volley Reece Burroughs, Sr. and Mildred Harrelson Burroughs.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Volley Reece Burroughs, Jr. and sister, Rebecca Mitchell.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Norris Burroughs of sixty-eight years. Two children; Homer Eugene Burroughs, Jr. of Tabor City, NC, and Julia B. Lockhead (John) of Durham, NC, and two grandchildren, Tanner Lockhead, and Holly Lockhead, both of Washington DC.
Gene was a kind and gentle man who loved his family, his church, and town. He served as Deacon and elder in the Tabor City Presbyterian Church and as deacon in the Tabor City Baptist Church. He was a made a “Lifetime Deacon” in the Tabor City Baptist Church on October 23, 2022. He was in the Tabor City Rotary Club for years and held many offices in the organization, including President. He was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship Award by the local club on June 26, 2000.
Gene was a very skilled and artistic person. His artistic ability and welding skills can be observed in his home, and many homes in town. He also built the Tabor City Town Gate.
A very special “Thank You” to Martha Riggins, Sarah Williams, and Kim Shipman for helping take care of Gene for all the years he has been sick.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, September 28, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. in the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Tabor City.
Visitation will follow the service in the cemetery.
The family request that memorials be made to the Tabor City Baptist Church P.O. Box 126 Tabor City, NC 28463 or to the Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Foundation 1414 Physicians Dr. Wilmington, NC 28401-7335.
A service of Inman Ward Funeral Home & Crematory of Tabor City.