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Earl Francis Burgess, Jr., 92
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arl Francis Burgess, Jr., 92, was born Jan. 6, 1931 and died Feb. 22, 2023 at NHC Healthcare in McMinnville following an extended illness.           

A Unites States Army veteran and retired property manager with Gordon McGee Development, he was the son of the late Earl Francis and Violet Columbe Burgess, Sr.  He was married to Dorothy Mabel Frey Burgess on Sept. 1, 1979 who preceded him in death.  In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by daughter, Terri Adams.

Mr. Burgess is survived by children, Pat Panter and Virginia Graveline, both of McMinnville, Faith Schroth of Va., Kathy Dunn of McMinnville, Robert Burgess and Dawn Degrandpre; grandchildren, Charlie Sunderland, Kelly Parks, Glenda Martin, Wyatt Martin, Clara Martin, Caitlyn Adams and Ethan Adams, all of McMinnville and Jeffery Schroth, Johnny Schroth, Helen Petroski and Connor Burgess; several great-grandchildren; brother, Frank (Rose) Burgess; several nieces and nephews and special friends, Dale Norris and Tommy Adams.

Per Mr. Burgess’ wishes, he will be cremated. Visitation will be Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023 from 10 a.m. until noon. at High’s. A graveside service and inurnment will be held at Shellsford Cemetery in Warren County at a later date.

Online condolences may be made at

High Funeral Home and High’s Cremations, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) February 26, 2023