Edwin Leroyce Burks, age 92, passed away Tuesday, February 7, 2023, at NHC Healthcare. Leroyce was born on February 2, 1931, to the late Alex and Nannie Ellen Burks. He later married Ima Madison on November 12, 1948. Together they had three sons, Darrell (Martha), Eddie (Debbie), and Scott (Kim). He was known as Papaw to eight grandchildren, Brian, Whitney, Dara, Sheldon, Kelby, Bradon, Tristann, and Avery. Along with five great grandchildren, Briley, Kaelin, Preston, Shelby, and Everly.
Leroyce was a true Christian disciple. He was saved in 1947 and joined Bon Ayr Missionary Baptist Church and became an ordained deacon in 1951. He has always said that he knows where he is going when the good Lord calls him Home. He used his God gifted talent of singing as he led singing for many years at Bon Ayr Baptist. He was inducted into the Kentucky Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Leroyce was a member of the Masonic Allen 24 Lodge and served as Master in the year 1992. He received his 50 year pen several years ago.
Leroyce was a lover, supporter, and advocate of the agriculture industry. He instilled a love and appreciation for the industry into his family while being a member of the American Hereford Association, Kentucky Hereford Association, and the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association. Leroyce was big-hearted, a hard worker, and loved by many. He will be missed but will rest easy at his forever home.
Leroyce had requested to have his funeral at his home church with only one yellow rose on his casket. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM Sunday, February 12th at Bon Ayr Missionary Baptist Church with burial in the Happy Valley Memorial Gardens. The visitation will be from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Saturday at A.F. Crow & Son Funeral Home and on Sunday from 10:00 AM until time for services at the church. A.F. Crow & Son Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Burks.