William 'Will' Burgess

Apr 25, 2013

In Loving Memory

CANTON — William “Will” Oscar Burgess, 70, of Chestnut Mountain Road, passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

Mr. Burgess was born March 8, 1943, in Haywood County to the late Ernest Allen Burgess and the late Annie Grooms Burgess. He had resided in his beloved mountains of Haywood County all of his life and enjoyed fishing, wood whittling, and hiking in the mountains. Mr. Burgess was of the Baptist faith. Will’s memory shall be forever cherished by his family and he will always be remembered as a true “mountain man.”

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Ora Bell “Clercy” Green and Geneva Burgess; and his brothers, Robert Burgess and  Jacob “Jake” Silvers; a sister-in-law, Louise Silvers; and brothers-in-law, Hardin “Gene” Green and John Browning.

Surviving are his brother, Hubert Burgess (Deborah), of Canton; a sister, Bidda Browning, of Lake Junaluska; nephews, Victor Green (LaRue), of Clyde, Kenneth Green (Wilma), of Canton, Doug Green (Darlene), of Canton, and Terry Burgess (Leona) of Canton; nieces, Kathy Miller (Richard), of Candler, and Jennifer Burgess, of Clyde; a sister-in-law, Lizzie Burgess; also several great-nieces and great- nephews.

The Burgess and Green families would like to extend their gratitude to Ashley Clark, who was lovingly referred to as  “that girl” by Mr. Burgess for her special care and kindness given to Will during  the last years of his life.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27,  in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home.  The Rev. Jerry Nelson and Mr. Chris May will be officiating. Burial will be in Sutton Town Cemetery.  The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home from  noon to 2 p.m. prior to the funeral service.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Burgess family and words of comfort may be shared at www.crawfordray.com.