Lillian Pearl Burks, age 79, gained her wings around 2:pm, on Monday December 7th, 2020.She was a resident of Princeton and had been living at Princeton Healthcare Center since March 2019.Born February 12, 1941 in McDowell County, she was the daughter of the late Jesse James Smith and Laura Ann Mullins Smith of Carswell Hollow in Kimball.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings Lena Watkins, Orban Smith, Clarence Smith, and Garland Smith, and one grandson D.J. Cartwright.
Lillian was a Beautician with her own shop for over 40 years and was well loved by her customers from McDowell, Mercer, and Raleigh Counties. She was very artistic, an avid gardener, a great cook, and read daily. She was a strong, loving, self made woman, whom was loved and respected by many. Her great- grandchildren Jax and Bailee have said “Mamaw Lilly and her marshmallows will be missed dearly.
Survivors include sons Jeff Burks and wife Tina of Mooresville, NC and Michael Burks and wife Vicky of Bluefield, and daughters Carla Hamilton and husband Tommy of Princeton, Lori Burks of Princeton, Joni Belcher and husband Eddie of Green Valley, and Heather Burks-Keatley and husband John of Princeton; sisters Evelyn Champ of Mt. Ulla, NC, Pansy Belcher of Onstead, Mich., and Vicky Smith of Kimball, and her brother Ray Smith of Hart. Lillian Burks was blessed with five children, ten grandchildren, the oldest being Heather Burks- Keatley whom she loved and raised as her daughter, and the youngest being Nicholas Rash with whom she shared a special bond, eight great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and a special group of lifelong friends.
In Honoring the wishes of Lillian Pearl Burks, cremation occurred upon her passing. A memorial service will be held at Widener Funeral Home Chapel in Northfork on Friday, December 18, 2020 from 6: until 8:pm. Social Distancing enforced and Mask are required.
The family plans to bury her ashes and place her marker in the Green-Hill Cemetery on Burke Mountain in the Spring.Assisting the Burks family isWidener Funeral Home Northfork, WV.