Obituary of Jim Burkett
Jim Burkett, age 78, left this world a little emptier and filled heaven a lot sooner than anyone expected on June 26, 2021 at his home in Marion, Va.
Jim was larger than life, always smiling, laughing or saying something that he shouldn’t. Jim was a man who would do anything for you unless you were a sawed-off kind of something. He loved his family fiercely, especially the ones who called him Papaw. He loved his community and served in many capacities for the Marion Fire Department, including, Chief, with many years of faithful service to the Town of Marion and beyond. He loved farming and taking care of his horses with his friends. You could go on and on about the life of Jim. To say it best, there will never be another Big Jim Burkett. His presence will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Grace Burkett, sister Phyllis Burkett Steele, and infant brother, Bobby Burkett.
Left to carry on his legacy of laughter, service and love; daughters, Missy Burkett Firebaugh and husband, Barry, Dee Dee Roberts and husband, Charlie, April Morgan and husband, Alan; son, Jimmy Goodpasture and wife, Heather all of Marion Va.; grandchildren, Grayson Jones, Hunter Paige Jones, Brady Roberts, Corey Morgan, Courtney Morgan, Jackson Goodpasture, Raylan Goodpasture; sister, Linda Lemons and husband, Larry of Dublin, Va.; niece, Deborah Steele Evans and husband Roy of Marion Va.; nephew, Matt Dean and wife, Tami of Dublin, Va.; great-nieces Morghan Hamm, Mayce Lee and Addison Grace Dean; special friend and personal chef, Donna Day, Tim Henry, Sam Musick, Ernie Olinger, Bill Ogle, Dale Dunford, Jerry Breen, and Phyllis Lambert
A celebration of Jim’s life will be held Wednesday, June 30, 2021 from 4 until 7 p.m. at Marion Fire Department, 231 Main Street, Marion, Va. 24354. A fireman’s funeral followed by a final ride will begin at 7 p.m. Burial will be private. Parking will be available on Main Street and a transit will be provided from the Seaver-Brown parking area during the Celebration of Life.
To share memories of Jim Burkett, please visit www.seaverbrown.com. Care for Jim’s family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service & Crematory, 237 East Main Street, MArion Va. 24354.