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Prominent local businessman dies

Prominent businessman and golf enthusiast Maurice Burger, 65, died Tuesday at St. Thomas Hospital following a brief battle with cancer.
 Burger was the owner of Exchange Furniture Company and Burger’s Custom Golf. He was a United States Army veteran who served his country during Vietnam.
 Burger worked at Exchange Furniture, which started business in 1935, after returning from the Army and he purchased the company in 1983. The store became a family business with Burger’s wife, Sandra, son, Chad and daughter-in-law, Marcie working there daily.
 Burger was a very active member of Covenant Fellowship Church where he served as a fifth-grade shepherd during Sunday School. The shepherd stays with the children when they rotate classes each week.
 “He was a blessing to many kids,” said Covenant Academy headmaster Alan Smith. “The last time I saw him, he was coming into church. He had a hard time walking but he had the biggest smile on his face. One of his projects was the sign in front of the school by the road. He was excited the lights had been installed and were working. He was one of many people who helped to make our school what it is. I hate to see him go, but we know where he is. He was a sweet man, that’s for sure.”
 Covenant Fellowship minister Dean Northcutt said, “Maurice was one of the finest people I’ve met. I’ve lost one of my greatest friends and confidants. The paper is not big enough to tell all the things he’s done behind the scenes to serve people. He is the poster child for what the epitome of a Christian should be.”
 “He also had a tremendous concern for friends he played golf with all these years who hadn’t found the peace he had,” continued Northcutt. “He was very humble. He never bragged about himself. He’d beat you to death on the golf course and talk to you and encourage you and make you feel good about being beat. As of last Tuesday night, he went to the 19th green and finally received his green jacket.”
Allen Hitchcock had the pleasure of playing golf several times with Burger.
“We used to play even if it was raining, sleeting, cold or snowing,” said Hitchcock. “He knew a lot about golf. He was the most knowledgeable guy in this area when it came to golf. He always stayed updated on the newest techniques. He also repaired and built one-of-a-kind clubs and found hard-to-find clubs. My grandson was playing with a 25-year-old set of clubs and broke one. I called Maurice and he found one like it.”
“I’m really going to miss him,” continued Hitchcock. “He was one of the best friends a person could have, not only on the golf course, but off the course, in business or anywhere. He was a real good friend and a fine, dedicated, Christian man. He treated everybody right. He is really going to be missed.”
In addition to his wife, son and daughter-in-law, Burger is survived by daughter Michele Prater, son-in-law, Albert Prater and eight grandchildren.
Obituary information for Mr. Burger is available on this page.


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