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Carmel Burke, age 85, of Corbin passed away Monday, Dec. 25, 2017, at Baptist Health in Corbin.
He was born in Grays Knob, Harlan County, Kentucky, and was retired from Whayne's Supply.
Carmel was a US Army veteran of Korea and was a long time member of the 17th Street Christian Church in Corbin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jake and Rose Farmer Burke; brother, Bill Burke; sister, Jean Couch, and by a great granddaughter, Emma McVey.
Carmel is survived by his wife of over 63 years, Emily Sizemore Burke, who he married on Sept. 8, 1954; daughter, Vicki Burke Conner; son-in-law, John Conner; grandchildren, Ashley Burke (Kevin Dugger), John Conner (Jessica McFarland) and Whitney McVey (Roger); great grandchildren, Braeden, Alyssa, Norah, Adelynn, Zachary, Kylie Sue, Kastiel and Alec; brother, Dave Burke (Ora Nell) of Louisville; sister, Charlotte Hodge (Jerry) of Grays Knob; and by many nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday Dec. 28, at the Vankirk-Grisell Funeral Home with the Rev. Doug Martin officiating. Burial will follow in the McHargue Cemetery in Laurel County.
Visitation will be on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. and on Thursday from noon-1 p.m. at the Vankirk-Grisell Funeral Home, where messages may be written to the family at vankirkgrisellfuneralhome.com.
Published on December 26, 2017
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