Cornell ‘Connie’ Burke

Published 3:41 pm Tuesday, January 23, 2024

The funeral service for Mrs. Cornell “Connie” Burke will be 2 p.m., Thursday, January 25, at Clear Branch Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation is from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.

Mrs. Cornell (Connie) Westbrook Burke, 91, of Brookhaven, died January 21, 2024. She was born in Claiborne County on May 6, 1932, to Albert Sidney and Birdie Fleming Westbrook. She was a member of Clear Branch Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Clarke College and worked for the telephone company for several years. After marrying, Charles in 1956 and the birth of their daughter, Belinda, in 1959, they lived in several different states and traveled in every state, Canada, Mexico, and several foreign countries. They retired to Mississippi, and she worked in the English department at Co-Lin for 10 years. She enjoyed many hobbies including quilting, genealogy, cooking, cake decorating, playing bridge, traveling, reading, and gardening. She has been a club member of Beta Sigma Phi, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Camellia Society, Eastern Star, Quilting Club, Genealogy Society, and WMU. She was an avid church worker for many years. She was a loving and generous person and wonderful wife and mother. She helped numerous nieces and nephews get off to a good start in life.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Charles Burke; her parents; sisters: Breness Gill (Jim), Margie Williams (Lawrence), Ira Nettles (Burnett), Naida Gill (Claude), Doris Myers (Melvin), Maxine Nettles (Robin), Wilma Martin (Bob), Brothers: Joel Westbrook (Eleanor), Euell Westbrook (Frankie).

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She is survived by one daughter, Belinda Kay Burke of Atlanta, GA; one sister, Bobbie Calcote of Columbia, MO; and a great number of nieces and nephews of both the Westbrook and Burke families whom she loved dearly.

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