GREENVILLE — Graveside services for Charles Verness “Chuck” Burley were held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 19, at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Greenville. Fr. Sabastian Myladiyil, pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, officiated.
Chuck was born Jan. 6, 1943, to William “Bill” Burley and Annie Lewis Burley. After several hospital confinements, he expired July 13, 2021, at Delta Health-The Medical Center, Greenville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, William and Frank.
Chuck began his education at Sacred Heart Catholic School and transferred to public schools at an early age. He actively participated in dramatics, yearbook staff, basketball, baseball and was named All-American in football at Coleman High School. During those years, he acquired many lifelong friends with a special affinity for supportive classmates from the graduating class of 1952. Nothing pleased him more than getting together with them at their class reunions, through telephone calls and the Greenville Travel Club’s affairs. He enjoyed shopping, gardening, mentoring reading, giving advice and engaging in conversations about sports, jazz, cars and work. His favorite readings were the Bible, Sports Illustrated and “If” by Rudyard Kipling. He kept these near him to refer to during his quiet time. Throughout his life, he was known as a sharp dresser and acquired an impressive wardrobe from which he often gifted others and advised them on styles for both men and women.
After graduation, Chuck migrated to Saginaw, Michigan, where he climbed the ranks at General Motors and became General Foreman. In this position, he encouraged many others from his hometown to relocate and assist them in obtaining jobs at the site where he worked. He left General Motors for service to his country in the U.S. Army with the 101st Airborne Division. Following his service, he returned to General Motors and remained until his retirement in 1993. He then returned to Greenville and remained until his demise.
Memories of Chuck will always be cherished by his daughter, Vickie Burley Taylor, of Saginaw, Michigan; his son, Gregory Brittain, of Shreveport, LA; two granddaughters, Ivey (Tarqua) Atkinson, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Mia Taylor, of Saginaw; his companion of many years, Ann L. Littleton; four great-granddaughters; and countless cousins whom he enjoyed meeting and sharing childhood memories.