Jerald "TJ" Burks
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Jerald "TJ" Burks
Thomas Jerald Burks was born on June 18, 1928 in Comanche, Oklahoma to Alice (Coleman) and Ben Burks. Jerald severed his country honorably joining the US Marines during the Korean War. He moved to California during World War II to work in the defense industry before returning to Duncan, Oklahoma in 1948. He married the love of his life Geneva Smith December 4, 1949 in Duncan. Jerald worked for Koch Oil Company as their Northern Division Manager in Kansas before retiring in Duncan in 1990. He moved to Houston, Texas in 2015. Jerald's greatest joy was livestock; he always had land with horses and cattle wherever he lived, and colleagues and family enjoyed coming to visit to fish and hunt pheasant and quail. Church and family were Jerald's top priorities. He loved deeply his children and grandchildren going on horseback riding, taking them camping, fishing, and water skiing.
He was a longtime member of New Hope Baptist Church West in Duncan and then University Baptist Church in Houston. Jerald volunteered much of his time to his church, volunteering for Oklahoma Baptist Children's Home in Medill, Oklahoma, the Baptist Boys Ranch in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and working as an auxiliary police office in Sedan, Kansas.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years Geneva Burks of the home; his son, Lynn Wayne Burks and his wife Cynthia Burks of Diamond Barr, California; his daughter, Sherri Burks Verdone and her husband, Peter Verdone Jr. of Houston, Texas; his grandchildren, Nathan and Harrison Burks of Diamond Barr, California, Nicole and Ashley Verdone, of Houston, Texas; his younger brother, Joe Ben Burks and his wife Jackie Johnson Burks of Visalia, California and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces/nephews and friends.
Jerald is preceded by his older sister, Bennie Burks Villhauer of Iowa City, Iowa and his parents Alice and Ben Burks. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Oklahoma Baptist Children's Home 3800 North May Avenue Oklahoma City, OK 73112. Online condolences can be made for the family at www.granthamfuneralhomes.com
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