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BURKE, Rev. Carl F.

BURKE - Rev. Carl F.
Age 93, a resident of the Buffalo, NY area for 23 years from 1958-1978 and 1984-87, passed away on August 9, 2011 in Loudon, TN. Born in Amesbury, MA, on December 12, 1917, Carl grew up in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He served in the US Army as an X-Ray Technician in the Medic Corps during WW-II. Following the war, he followed his calling to become a Minister, graduating from Barrington College and then Seminary at Gordon College of Theology and Missions. He later received an honorary Doctorate Degree from Keuka College. He has served churches in Providence, RI, Ticonderoga, NY, Schenectady, NY, Buffalo, Derby, NY and Tellico Village, TN. During his years in Buffalo, he served as pastor at Lafayette Avenue Baptist Church and later at the First Church of Evans in Derby. He was also with the Buffalo Area Council of Churches for 11 years, serving as its Executive Director for four years. He was also part-time Chaplain at the Buffalo and Erie County Jail for 18 years, which inspired his writing of five books, including the best selling "God is For Real Man." After moving to Tennessee, to serve as Director of the Commission on Religion in Appalachia, Dr. Burke went on to become the founding pastor of the Community Church at Tellico Village. Carl enjoyed many activities, including family camping trips, and outdoor activities, golf, travel, and spending time with family and friends. Through out his life time, he remained a loyal Buffalo Bills fan. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Caroline, a daughter Joyce Lingenfelter, a son David Burke, two granddaughters Jackie and Carrie Burke, and brothers Arthur Burke and John Burke. His was preceded in death by his first wife, Marion Libby Burke, and a daughter Susan Burke. A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, August 13 at the Community Church at Tellico Village. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Carl Burke Memorial Scholarship Fund through the Community Church at Tellico Village or Honor Air Knoxville. Click Funeral Home & Cremations - Tellico Village Chapel is serving the family of Dr. Carl F. Burke.

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