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Rev. Ronald Joseph Burbank

November 21, 2016
Rev. Ronald Joseph Burbank, 73, of Blackshear, passed away Saturday morning, Nov. 12, 2016, at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House.

Born in Albany, NY on Nov. 30, 1942, he had lived in Waycross for several years before moving to Pierce County 16 years ago. Bro. Ronald was retired from the U.S. Army and had been a Methodist pastor for many years. Some of the area churches he had the privilege to pastor were Jamestown United Methodist Church in Jamestown, Hopewell United Methodist Church and Crosby Chapel both in Baxley, and Blythe Island United Methodist Church in Brunswick. His last church was Gilchrist Park United Methodist Church in Waycross. Bro. Ronald enjoyed many activities – reading, fishing, riding motorcycles, drinking his coffee, going on cruises, going on trips in his RV – but his call to serve the Lord was first and foremost. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. 

He was a son of the late Wilfred C. Burbank and Ida Mae Bolus.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Nelly Visitacion Burbank of Blackshear; two daughters and sons-in-law, Rose and Eddie Atkinson of Fleming Island, FL and Ruth and Rob Lucky of Green Cove Springs, FL; two sisters, Cindy Brownell and Pam Bolus both of Pownal, Vermont; two brothers, Joe Bolus of North Adams, Vermont and Jerry Bolus of Aurora, Colorado; four grandchildren, Charles Cliatt, Amanda Brisson, Grant Lucky & Brent Lucky; and several nieces, nephews & other relatives.

Funeral services for Bro. Burbank were held Thursday evening, Nov. 17, 2016.

Memorialization will be by cremation.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice Satilla Hospice House, 811 Beacon Street, Waycross, GA 31501 or to the Gilchrist Park United Methodist Church, 603 Washington Ave., Waycross, GA 31503.

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