Obituary – Melvin Dwight Burgess, Sr.

Melvin Dwight Burgess, Sr., age 93, passed away on Monday, January 5, 2015. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 65 years, Louise Young Burgess; and his son, M. Dwight Burgess Jr. He is survived by his son, Dale Peyton Burgess Sr. and wife, Beth of Richmond; daughter, Traci Perkins and husband, Rick of Williamsburg; and a sister, Myrtle Burgess of Richmond; five grandchildren, Margaret Hall, Peyton Burgess and wife, Ryan of New Orleans, La., Michael Perkins and Kelly Perkins of Jacksonville, Fla., Travis Perkins of A'Coruna, Spain; and great-grandson, Joseph Peyton Hall.

Mr. Burgess was born on April 19, 1921 in Surry County, Va. to Eddie Lee and Mollie Savedge Burgess. He graduated in 1938 from Hamilton High School in Cartersville, Va. He was a 1942 graduate of the University of Richmond, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting. After college, he proudly served his country during WWII as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. As part of the Atlantic Amphibious Force, he commanded a squadron of six landing craft at the Normandy Invasion on June 6, 1944 D-Day. Following the successful invasion at Normandy, Mr. Burgess participated in the August, 1944 Invasion of Southern France. Upon his return, he married Louise Young on May 26, 1945, after a six-week courtship. He worked for The Biggs Manufacturing Company for 40 years, holding positions of both treasurer and vice president before his retirement in 1988.

Mr. Burgess and his loving wife, Louise, were faithful and dedicated members of Monument Heights Baptist Church, where they served for over 50 years. He served as a deacon, budget secretary and finance committee member for over 25 years. Mr. Burgess was a loving and devoted husband and father, and had a special relationship with each of his grandchildren. He served as a wonderful role model for them all. Mr. Burgess always enjoyed history, baseball and playing golf. He was an avid University of Richmond fan who attended most home football and basketball games while he was active. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the staff of Westport Healthcare Center, who cared so lovingly for both Louise and Melvin Burgess. Visitation will be held at Bennett Funeral Home-West Chapel on Friday, January 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. A celebration of life will be held at Monument Heights Baptist Church at 12 noon on Saturday, January 10. He will be laid to rest next to his wife following the ceremony at Westhampton Memorial Gardens.
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