King James Burks (known as “hi test” in cb radio community) age 75 of Carswell Hollow passed away on February 1, 2020 at his residence after a long illness. Born February 2, 1944 in Kimball WV. He was the son of the late Alex Burks and Ida Sizemore Burks. He worked as a coal truck driver for Robinson Phillips Coal Company for 20+ years and later C&G Leasing, Inc. of Beckley. He was a proud member of the UMWA. A faithful member of Laurel Creek Church of God, he was a Trustee and Sunday school teacher. He was a devoted family man. He enjoyed reading books, especially the bible, camping, hunting, gardening, and spending time in the mountains. 

In addition to his parents, he was proceeded in death by his sister Georgia Burks Bailey and two brothers Billy and Jack Burks along with several half brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Smith Burks of 56 years. His son James “Michael” Burks an wife Jayne. two daughters Deborah “Debbie” Burks ad Husband Eddie Patrick, and Ashley Burks all of Kimball. Four grandchildren Johnathan Burks of Lexington KY, Sarah Burks and Randal Johnson of Princeton, Jeremy Burks and wife Meagan, Shannon Burks, and Gabriella Burks all of Kimball. Great-grandchildren Bentlee Burks of Kimball. Two sisters Lois Burks Poff of Willis, Va and Maggie Burks Moody and husband Gene of Brenton. Sister-in-law Betty Burks Blevins of Raleigh County along with a host of nieces and nephews. Caregivers Dina Bryson of McDowell County Commission on Aging who became part of our family. Hospice Amedisys staff especially Felicity Auville Rn who always went the extra mile.

Services celebrating his life will be held on Friday, February 28th from 1 – 2 p.m. to receive family and friends. Memorial service will be from 2 – 3 p.m. at Widener’s Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Charles Triplett and Preacher Charles Casey officiating.