Dolphus E. Burkett
August 17, 1950 – August 3, 2020
Dolphus Eugene Burkett, 69, of Gum Spring, Va.; went to be with the Lord Monday, August 3, 2020, after a lengthy battle with heart disease.
He was born August 17, 1950, in New Bern, N.C. He is survived by his devoted wife of 46 years, Faye M.; son, Timothy (Meaghan);, daughter, Jessica Slusher (Jason); and six grandchildren (Hannah, Noah, Ruth, & Lydia Burkett, Bailey and Addison Slusher); mother, Doris Burkett; sisters, Gail Harrison (Billy) and Jill Rand (Gary); devoted sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by son, Justin; and father, Eugene Dolphus was raised in Trenton, N.C., where he grew up loving agriculture and the outdoors. He worked for years at Parrish Motor Co.; Goochland, Va. and later years at Spring Hill Nursery, Louisa, Va. He was a longtime and faithful member of Gum Spring UMC. Dolphus proudly served in the United States Army National Guard for 21 years. He loved his Lord, church, family, country and being outside with nature.
His happiest times were spent camping and eating North Carolina-style barbecue. Special thanks to the care team at St. Mary’s Hospital for their compassion and kindness.
Graveside services will be held Friday, August 7, 2020, 11 a.m. at Gum Spring United Methodist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gum Spring UMC, 191 Cross County Rd.; Gum Spring, Va 23065
We will be following COVID-19 restrictions set forth by the Governor of Virginia on face-covering and social distancing .