Jack Reyburn Burrus, 82, a native of Manteo, NC passed peacefully Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at Duke University Hospitals surrounded by his loved ones.
Born October 20, 1935, he was the son of the late Mary Caroline Davis Burrus and Richard Orlando Burrus.
Jack is survived by his daughters, Sarah Burrus Dozier (Kevin) of Raleigh and Mary Burrus Basnight (Mac) of Manteo; three grandchildren, Taylor Dozier of Raleigh and Jack and Garret Basnight of Manteo; and his children’s mother, Barbara Wise of Manteo.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, A. Delnoy Burrus, R. Irlene Burrus Wescott, B. Estelle Burrus Tillett, Belton B. Burrus, Eloise M. Burrus Sellers, Richard O. Burrus, Frederick A. Burrus, Thomas R. Burrus, Jule D. Burrus, Mary C. Burrus Scarborough, Margaret T. Burrus Williams and Samuel Z. Burrus.
After graduating from Manteo High School, Jack attended UNC-Chapel Hill and Campbell University, both with athletic scholarships. He was an incredibly gifted athlete. He then served his country honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War.
The owner and operator of The Burrus House Inn in Manteo, Jack was a true developer with the ability and initiative to stretch boundaries and make things happen. A member of Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, he loved the Lord. His smile lit up a room and he challenged those around him to be their best. Most importantly, he loved his family, friends and community.
A funeral will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church with a reception to follow in the church fellowship hall. Private burial will take place at Manteo Cemetery. The family will receive friends and relatives Friday evening from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the funeral home.
Flowers are welcome or donations in Jack’s name may be made to Outer Banks SPCA, PO Box 2477, Manteo, NC 27954.
Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.TwifordFH.com.
As expressed perfectly by one of Jack’s nieces and truly felt by all his family…
“When I think of Uncle Jack, these are my thoughts:
Generous always, loving and joyous, a baby brother to numerous siblings, touch of brilliance, sometimes difficult, but that was because he was smart, creative
A true developer, he had need to explore ideas, stretch creative boundaries, test what he could initiate and make happen.
He challenged others to join his vision and get on board with his ideas, another original native son.
He also challenged us, as individuals.
He would just pick up and go, he moved me to Ohio and came to visit almost everywhere I lived.
Truly special in every way!
He had to understand “why”, question the status quo, he had a great brain and his ability for creativity and to create made him an intellectual in broader ways than others. I could go on and on. He loved deeply and widely, his smile lit his whole face, eyes and you could see the depth of his soul. And most importantly, he loved Sarah and Mary and the rest of us very, very deeply. Nothing was more important that his daughters and family.
He will always have the big, beautiful face and grin with smiling eyes in my mind forever. No one hugged like Uncle Jack. A real hugger, like a bear, always thought of fuzzy bear when I’d see him, his hugs had feeling, strength and love in them. Even when not in agreement he loved unconditionally. His questions and comments stimulated thoughts, rather than permitting someone to hold a sinker narrow view, a real thinker, dreamer.”
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