John David Burks

Atlanta Journal
Atlanta, Georgia

April 13, 1907

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The remains of John D. Burks, a deaf-mute, who met his death late Thursday as the result of a fall from a house which he was shingling, were carried to Cass Sation in Bartow County, at 8:35 o’clock Saturday morning, where the funeral and interment will occur.  The members of the deaf-mute Bible class of St. Mark’s church, of which Mr. and Mrs. Burks were members, acted as pallbearers when the body was carried to the train.   The coronor’s inquest held at the undertaking parlors of Harry G. Poole Friday afternoon, resulted in a verdict that death was due to concussion of the brain or spine, caused by an accidental fall.


Atlanta Journal
Atlanta, Georgia
Sunday, April 13, 1907


Funeral services absolutely unique in the history of Atlanta were held Friday night at the private chapel of Harry G. Poole over the remains of J.D. Burks, who met his death at his home in East Point late Thursday afternoon as the result of a fall from the roof of a house.   

Mr. Burks was a deaf mute, as is also his wife, and they were both members of the deaf mute class of St. Mark’s church.  At the chapel Friday night the members of the class, some twenty-five in number, gather for the purpose of holding services over the remains of the departed member.   

Several different members of the class paid tributes to the memory of their friend, and the fact that there was no singing and not a word spoken did not fail to make the services very impressive.

One of the members led in a short prayer, and after the services had been concluded another delivered the benediction in the sign language, and the audience slowly and quietly filed out of the chapel.


J.D. Burk’s Obit from Garret’s Necrology

John D. Burks.  54. Died 4/11.
Res. Washington St.

A deaf mute carpenter.  
Fell from the roof of a house he was shingling and was fatally injured, dying the same day.  Came to Atlanta a few years ago from Bartow Co.  Leaves his wife, also a deaf me and 4 daghters all normal. Lived with his daughter Mrs. Foster. (alt: Forster) Taken (to) Cass Station Ga.




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