Rockdale,TX Class of 1965
Henrietta (Mrs. E. J.) Burkes
March 8, 2007
Henrietta (Mrs. E. J.) Burkes
Rockdale Reporter, March 22, 2007

Henrietta Terrell Burkes, 101, died Thursday, March 8, 2007, at Carolina Meadows Health Center, Chapel Hill, N.C.  She was born Sept 29, 1905, in Merit, daughter of the late Burl Toliver Terrell and Mary Swift Terrell and wife of the late Ernest Jefferson Burkes, Sr.

Surviving are her son, Ernest Jefferson Burkes, Jr., and his wife, Joanne Burkes; granddaughter Beth Burkes of Kansas City, MO' grandson Brian Burkes, of Greenwood, SC; three nieces and two nephews.

Also surviving are special members of her extended family, Rowena Burkes Howard, her sister-in-law, and husband, J. Max Howard of Belton.

Cremation was handled by Griffin Funeral Service of Pittsboro, NC.  A memorial service will be held at Carolina Meadows at a date to be announced later.  Burial will follow in Rosebud.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Henrietta Burkes Teachers Award Fund established to honor her on her 100th birthday by her son.  Memorials may be made to this fund by sending them to Milam County Community Foundation, ATTN: Burkes Fund, 707 E. 16th St., Cameron, TX 76520.


Cameron Herald, Thur., 22 Mar 2007

Henrietta Terrell Burkes, 101, of Chapel Hill, SC and formerly of Milam County, died March 8 in a nursing facility in Chapel Hill, SC.  She was cremated. Burial in Rosebud will be delayed until her son, E. Jefferson Burkes, of Pittsboro, NC recovers from a grave illness.

Mrs. Burkes was born in 1905 in Merit, the eldest of five children, born to Burl Toliver Terrell and his wife, Mary Swift.

She earned both a bachelor's and master's degrees from Baylor University. She taught in Falls County before moving to Cameron in 1940. She was a public school teacher in Cameron, Buckholts, Rockdale, Branchville and Walker's Creek for 45 years.

She married Ernest J. Burkes, who passed away in 1989.

Ernest Burkes and J. Max Howard, of Belton, owned dealerships in Cameron for International Harvester farm equipment, General Electric and Chevrolet.

Mr. and Mrs. Burkes moved to Chapel Hill in 1972 where she continued to substitute teach until 1987.

She is survived by son, E. Jefferson Burkes and wife, Joanne, of Pittsboro, NC; granddaughter, Beth Burkes of Kansas City, MO; grandson, Brian Burkes and wife, Anne, of Greenwood, SC; sister-in-law, Rowena Burkes Howard and husband, J. Max Howard, of Belton.

The family requests memorials be made to the Henrietta Burkes Teachers Award Fund in Milam County Community Foundation, 707 E. 16th Street, Cameron, TX 76520.