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James “J.O.” Burkhead

James “J.O.” Burkhead

J.O. (James) Burkhead, 72, of Lancaster, passed away Thursday, July 13, 2017 at his home. Born April 18, 1945 in Spencer County, Ky., he was a son of the late Silas Andrew & Hallie Ann Goodlett Burkhead. J.O. was retired from the Kentucky Dept. of Fish & Wildlife as a Law Enforcement Officer, had served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War as a Sergeant, was a member Brookside Baptist Church, the Contemporary Long Rifle Association, and the National Muzzle Loader Rifle Association. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Gordon Andrew Burkhead and a sister in law, Judy Burkhead. His survivors include his wife of 47 years: Judy Hisel Burkhead, one son, Brian Clay (Paige) Burkhead, of Lancaster, Ky., two daughters, Kristy Burkhead (Tony) Jury of Owen County, Ky., Nana (Chris) Rogers of Independence, Ky., two brothers, Danny Dale Burkhead of Georgetown, Ky and Herbert Alan (Ann) Burkhead of Georgetown, Tx., as well as one sister, Mamie (Ralph) Richardson of Shelbyville, and a sister in law, Judy Smith of Omaha, Nebraska. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Breanna Lynn Burkhead, James Andrew Burkhead, Lori Ann Burkhead, Josiah Sawyer Jury & Jeremiah Archer Jury, Alexis Rogers & Ethan Rogers.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at Ramsey-Young Funeral Home by Mr. Joe Bland & Bro. Brian Burkhead. Burial with military rites will take place at Camp Nelson National Cemetery with services provided by the Patriot Guard & the Caswell Saufley Post #18 of the American Legion. Pallbearers will be Buck Goode, Chip McInnis, Rex Burkhead, David Thurman, Keith Ethington, Larry Hagan, Richard Hines and Keith Grigsby. Honorary bearers will be all other retired officers of the Dept. of Fish & Wildlife and Dr. Baird Foree. Visitation will be from 6—8 PM Monday, July 17, 2017 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations in his honor to Clear Creek Baptist Bible College, 300 Clear Creek Road, Pineville, KY 40977  Friends and family may leave condolences on his tribute page at
Ramsey-Young Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

24 Condolences

  • Amanda Coffey Posted July 14, 2017 3:47 pm

    Prayers for his family. He was such a good man, I will always treasure our talks.

  • Don and Juanita Graves Posted July 14, 2017 6:47 pm

    Judy, Kristy, Brian and Families, I grieve for the sadness you are feeling but rejoice that J.O. is in the arms of his savior now. The song he loved so much is beautiful and I am sure he is “Whole Again”.

  • Shelia Gilliam Posted July 14, 2017 10:09 pm

    Prayers for all the family. I remember he gave us a black lab named Cherokee. He and Daddy had some good talks. Daddy’s gone now J O hard to believe

  • Billy and Marilyn Boyd Posted July 14, 2017 10:34 pm

    A good friend who I will miss dearly and the good times we shared. Prayers for you all.

  • GAry & Paula Hatfield Posted July 15, 2017 1:23 am

    You are in our prayers

  • Dessie shelton Posted July 15, 2017 2:03 am

    Prayers for family

  • David Arnold Posted July 15, 2017 3:49 am

    Prayers for the family in this sad time .

  • Anita Towles Posted July 15, 2017 10:55 am

    Sending love and prayers and a big hug to my special boys.

  • Sandra Henderson Posted July 15, 2017 11:28 am

    I am so very sorry.

  • Kevin oliver Posted July 15, 2017 12:02 pm

    Hadn’t seen JO for several years, thought the world of him, he caught me for stuff I shouldn’t have done a couple of times. But it would tickle him so much!! That he had got me. , but had the utmost respect for him!!! He was a good man and will be missed!!

  • Betty Gross Posted July 15, 2017 12:36 pm

    To the family, J.O was a good man and a good neighbor. I am so sorry for your loss, I will keep you all in my prayers that God will give you the strength you need at this time and peace in your hearts to know that you can see him again some day because J.O. was a good christian man. Love and prayers.

  • Frankie & Gale Eden Posted July 15, 2017 12:40 pm

    Love and Prayers for you all during this very difficult time. I remember all the great times we had at the Japanese New Years at your house with JO and Family. If there is anything we can ever do – just let us know.

  • Mike and Sandy Fry Posted July 15, 2017 1:00 pm

    Prayers for the whole family. He was good man and a friend. He will be missed by all who knew him. I will always remember him. This is to you Mr. J.O. Burkhead may you truly rest in peace and in the arms of our Lord and Savior, free of pain and sickness.

  • Jill, Luke and Lucy Harrigan Posted July 15, 2017 2:29 pm

    Heartfelt thoughts and prayers from our family to yours.

  • Leann Poff & Ken Cox Posted July 15, 2017 3:35 pm

    So sorry for your loss! 💔JO was a great man ~we loved him dearly!

  • Nick & Hannah Iida (from Japan) Posted July 15, 2017 11:02 pm

    J.O. was our Lord’s servant who influenced me enormously and was used to transform my life forever. He and the Burkhead family will be always remembered. How J.O. has lived his life for our Lord will be cherished and told to many others. May the peace of our Lord surround you at this time. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. John 14:27

  • Vicki Tackett Posted July 16, 2017 12:36 am

    So sorry for the passing of Jo. He was a fine man and he will be missed! God’s got Him now!!!

  • Vicki Tackett Posted July 16, 2017 12:40 am

    A good man has gone to Heaven but never forgotten.
    Thank you!

  • Brad & Lisa howard Posted July 16, 2017 3:58 am

    Sorry for your loss. He was a good Christian man

  • Lisa & Ron Kingsley Posted July 16, 2017 11:32 pm

    You and your family are in our prayers with lots of love. God bless you all.

  • Jason and Jillian Myers and family Posted July 17, 2017 12:25 pm

    Truly a great man that loved his family sacrificially.imparting a love of the Lord to his children and grandchildren–a love for Christ that is evidenced by all that know them. What a legacy he leaves behind. We pray that you are taking comfort knowing that today he is receiving his heavenly rewards in a new and perfect body in the most perfect of places. Peace and comfort to you as you miss your dear husband, father, and grandfather. Your family is loved.

  • Pat Simpson Posted July 17, 2017 7:16 pm

    I truly enjoyed listening to him sing, will miss his wonderful voice.

  • Randal Richardson Posted July 18, 2017 2:06 am

    He took me on my ride through a creek and set off his homeade cannon when I ( his scrawny little nephew) begged to see it go boom. He could disapear into a barn and come out with a hand made long rifle that he had made. What little boy who . grew up watching Daniel Boone” on t.v. woud’nt think that this big quiet man was something awesome.I look foreward to shaking his hand again in God’s appointed hour.

  • Steve & Chiharu Derber Posted July 22, 2017 11:25 pm

    Surprised news came through Nick. We are so sorry to learn that he has passed away. This is his glorious day to be Jesus but surely sad & missed the wonderful man near us. I feel relief to know that he has no more pain and rest in His arm. May Judy and all JO family to be comforted through Love of our wonderful Lord, Jesus. Your many memories of father, J.O, will give you joy , peace & admiration for what he has lived as a Christian. Our sympathy & prayer are with you. May God bless you richly through this difficult time. From Charleston, SC, Steve & Chip Derber

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