In Loving Memory of William Cook Burks

by admin on May 15, 2017

Burks, William photo1“Faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see….He was looking forward to the city with firm foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”–Hebrews 11:1&10. A beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, Bill was called home to his Lord on May 8, 2017, after a brief illness. He was born in New Albany, Mississippi, on June 11, 1936, to Marcus Lynch and Sue Cook Burks and grew up in Senatobia, Mississippi. From childhood, Bill had a keen interest in buildings and design, eventually leaving north Mississippi to study architecture at Tulane University, where he graduated first in his class in 1959. Later he received a master’s degree from Rice University. He practiced architecture in Baton Rouge for 45 years, including design work on the LSU Union, the LASC Museum, the Theater for Performing Arts at the River Center and the I-110–Airline Highway interchange. Always humble, kind and gracious, Bill particularly enjoyed the personal involvement in working on residences and churches, among them Broadmoor United Methodist Church, St. Patrick Catholic Church and First United Methodist Church in Hammond. In addition, he taught architectural design and photography at LSU for 27 years. Bill came to personally know Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in his mid-50s and to understand the far greater value of spiritual foundations over material. He treasured reading and sharing God’s Word, especially with his wife and family, and served as a faithful leader in Bible Study Fellowship and Explorer’s Bible Study for many years. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Marsha Lynne Black Burks; daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Philip Moser and their sons, Martin, Hunter and Heath Moser and Martin’s wife, Emily; daughter and son-in-law, Marsha and Bev Kennedy and their children, Robert and Lauren Chumbley; son and daughter-in-law, William Bradley and Lisa Burks and their children, Aidan and Eva Burks; and son, Charles Burks. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. A memorial service will be conducted by Pastor Brandon Bernard at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Baton Rouge, where Bill was a member. Visitation with Bill’s family will follow in the church. A private committal service will take place that afternoon at the family tomb in Grace Memorial Episcopal Church cemetery in Hammond. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3701 Jones Creek Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70816. Arrangements by Church Funeral Services, Baton Rouge 225-293-4174


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