Posted: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 1:21 pm
The Messenger. 11.11.08 Leon Hall Burkett, 91, of Memphis died Nov. 9, 2008, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. He was a former resident of this area. Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Memphis Funeral Home on Poplar Avenue, with burial following there in Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. His son-in-law, Dan Scruggs, will officiate. The family requests that memorials be made to Mirror Ministries, P.O. Box 349, Cave Creek, AZ 85327. He was born Feb. 10, 1917, in Dyer County and moved to Union City in 1924, working in the grocery business after graduating from Union City High School. He was a commercial pilot who entered the U.S. Army Air Corp in 1944 as a flight instructor. After serving in World War II, he joined Taylor Machinery in April 1946 and retired April 1, 1984, relocating to Destin, Fla. He returned to Memphis in 2004. Burkett was a member of Union City’s Jaycees, Union City Civitan Club and First United Methodist Church while he lived in this area. He was later a member of Mullins United Methodist Church in Memphis, Memphis Civitan Club, Fox Meadows Country Club, Windyke Country Club, Farmington Country Club, Santa Rosa Country Club and the Lions Club of Santa Rosa. He was also a member of Santa Rosa Community Church, where he was chairman of the board of deacons for two years. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, the former Martha Ellen Taylor, who died in August 2001. They were wed Oct. 13, 1940. He is survived by his daughter, Joyce (Burkett) Scruggs of Cave Creek, Ariz.; his grandson, Marty Scruggs of Memphis; four granddaughters, Alva Ansley Ingram and Taylor (Ingram) Jensen, both of Lilburn, Ga., Ashlee (Scruggs) Aldridge of Aptos, Calif., and Amanda Burkett (Scruggs) Diveley of Phoenix; his brother-in-law, Dr. Jim Taylor of Paris; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Beverly (Burkett) Ingram.