Joseph C. Burlason, Jr.

Born in Davidson County, TN on May 4, 1945

Departed on May 7, 2014 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Joe Burlason Age 69 passed away May 7, 2014. He was born on May 5, 1945, in the Nashville area. He lived there until his family moved to Hendersonville in 1960 where he attended Hendersonville High School. He was proud to serve his country and joined the Air Force in 1962. Like his father, Joe was a mechanic and the love of cars came naturally. Joe also drove a semi-truck for several years and finally retired from the State of Tennessee as a Procurement Officer in 2007.

Joe met the love of his life, Edna, on January 22, 1965 on a blind date. By June he proposed and they were married on October 15, 1965 at Union Hill Baptist Church. They lived in the Union Hill community where they raised two daughters, Michelle and Melissa. They have three grandchildren, Ashley, Daniel and Michael, who he loved and adored! They moved to Hendersonville in 2003 and moved their membership from Union Hill Baptist to Good Shepherd United Methodist Church.
Joe was a loving husband and father, a hard worker and a man that could always be counted on to help out where needed. He was a member of the Metro Volunteer Rescue Squad known as Civil Defense during the 80’s and 90’s. He enjoyed serving as a Boy Scout leader, was known as the “High Sherriff” on the CB radio, fished with his friends, loved to camp and boat with his family and enjoyed cutting grass for his family and church. Most of all, Joe had a passion for cars…not just any car – it had to be a Chevrolet!

Preceded in death by brother; Horace “Rocky” Burlason (Deanna). Survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Edna Burlason; children, Michelle See (Mark) & Melissa Burlason; grandchildren, Ashley Burns, Daniel See & Michael See; sisters, Betty Risner (Larry) & Suzanne Gentry; brother, Donald Burlason (Gloria); sisters-in-law, Lottie Proctor (Loyd) & Doris Redding; several nieces, nephews and extended family members.
A Life Celebration will be held 11am Tuesday at Hendersonville Funeral Home with burial to follow at Hendersonville Memory Gardens. Visitation will be 4:00pm – 8:00pm Monday & 10:00am -11:00am Tuesday at HENDERSONVILLE FUNERAL HOME 353 JOHNNY CASH PKWY HENDERSONVILLE TN, 37075 615-824-3855 springfieldfh.wpengine.com

11 Comments to Joseph C. Burlason, Jr.

  1. Cathy Burlason
    May 9, 2014 7:42 am

    I have all of you in my heart and in my prayers

  2. Brenda and Doug Wagner
    May 9, 2014 9:34 am

    Our prayers are with all of you

  3. Carolyn and Larry Graves and Wanda Risner
    May 9, 2014 7:33 pm

    Edna, we are keeping your family in our prayers.

  4. Dorris Guthrie
    May 9, 2014 10:27 pm

    Edna, my thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.

  5. Charles and Sandra Lawrence
    May 10, 2014 12:27 pm

    Joe was a true friend to us. We loved his company and will miss him dearly. We never saw him show anything but kindness and support. Such a gentle spirit.

    We want to stay close to you, Edna, and your sweet family.

  6. Gus Guy
    May 11, 2014 10:32 am

    I worked with Joe for a number of years at TDOT and he was just a big gearhead and loved his cars. We all hung out at the same part house and loved to talk everything cars. Even though I’m a Ford fan and he was Chevy fan we still loved to talk. We was a great guy and all of TDOT will miss him.

  7. Alan Bartel
    May 12, 2014 9:39 am

    I worked with Joe for many years during the 1970’s and 1980’s at the International Harvester truck dealership in Nashville and I always have remembered his jovial friendliness and his great sense of humor. He helped turn a hard drudgery job into a fun time. I will always remember him as a good friend.

  8. Gayle Snoddy
    May 12, 2014 1:49 pm

    To the family, I went to HH School with Joe and enjoyed catching up and the time we spent together a while back. I am thinking of you in your hour of sorrow and extending my heartfelt sympathy. I will always remember him and his sweet wife, Edna. Our prayers will be with her and the family. Our daughter, sends you her prayers (she lived around the street from them for a while.

  9. Suzanne Anderson
    May 12, 2014 3:52 pm

    Joe was such a wonderful person. I remember with such fondness coming with my dad, Andy, to have my Cutlass worked on by Joe. Edna, Michelle, Melissa, and your families, you have my deepest sympathies. I pray that you have God’s comfort during this time. He will be missed by many.

  10. Elaine Butts and Rick Fox
    May 13, 2014 11:05 am

    Edna and family, We just learned of Joe’s passing and want to extend our heartfelt sympathy to all of you ! I know how very special Joe was to each of you as he was to anyone that met him! ….
    I’m sorry we won’t be home (we’re in Ohio) to attend Joe’s service, but our love, prayers, and sympathy will be with you as you journey through your loss !

    Our love to you,
    Elaine Butts

  11. Jennifer
    May 21, 2014 9:56 am

    Edna, Michelle and Melissa – I only just found out about this – I am thinking of you it just seems that words, gestures and thoughts are inept expressions during this time in ones life – so may I just leave you with this then —–
    “No person is ever truly alone.
    Those who live no more, whom we have loved, echo still within our thoughts, our words, our hearts.” – Richard Fife

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