The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


June 7, 2013

Obituaries — Friday, June 7, 2013


James Lloyd ‘Bud’ Burchette

PINEVILLE — James Lloyd Burchette (Bud), 82 of Pineville, passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, after a long illness with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) and a paralyzed diaphragm.

Born in Davy W.Va., James was one of six children of the late Treely and Lucinda Bailey Burchette.

James was a member of the Rock Castle Baptist Church where he served several years as a trustee, deacon, and sang with the choir. He served in the US Air Force as a Staff Sergeant in the Korean War. He was a member of the Pineville fire department for several years and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose and a member of the American Legion. Additionally, he served as a member of the National Rifle Association. He worked for 30  years as the chief electrician for Consolidated Coal Company.   

James married his high school sweetheart in 1952; Miriam Lois Lester with whom he spent the rest of his life with until present date. James and Miriam traveled the world together and visited Europe on two separate occasions. They traveled throughout the United States and Canada in their motor home.

James was a great provider for his family and was an exceptional husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. His family never doubted his love for him and held him in the utmost regard. James adored his daughter Patricia Burchette Holliday and with his love, patience, and kindness taught her to be the woman she is today. James also enjoyed spending time with his grandson and taught him various skills such as hunting, fishing, golf, basketball, driving, etc. Above all else, he taught his grandson how to be a man and treat others with kindness.  

James will be sadly missed by all that knew him. James had a deep reverence for his creator which was exemplified with his kindness and generosity.

He was preceded in death by his father, Treely and mother Lucinda Burchette, and his brother Tom Burchette.

He is survived by his loving wife Miriam Lester Burchette of Pineville, daughter, Patricia Anne Holliday and husband John Holliday of Flat Top Lake, Ghent, W.Va., grandson David James Gerau and wife Eileen Marie Gerau and one great grandchild Emma Marie Gerau. Additionally he is survived by his sisters Juanita Growe, Joyce Miller, Edward (Chub) Burchette, his wife Jill, and Eugene Burchette. He is also survived by nephews and nieces; David and Phyllis Burchette, Michael and Karen Growe, Kenny and Tammy Miller, Pam and Michael Crowder, Cindy and Max Boyce, and Jeff Growe.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 8, 2013 in the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel with Rev. Doc Adkins and Rev. Evan Arkell officiating.  Entombment will follow at Palm Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Matheny.

Friends may call on the family from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 2013 at the funeral home.

Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Wyoming County Honor Guard.

 Pallbearers will be deacons and trustees from the church, and grandson David.

We will meet him again in the midst of Gods glory and salvation.

Those wishing to extend their condolences may do so by visiting

Calfee Funeral & Cremation Service of Pineville is serving the Burchette family.

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