Burley Champion
Burley Wayne Champion
  • 74 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 14, 1942
  • Date of passing: Jun 11, 2016
Let the memory of Burley be with us forever

Burley Wayne Champion, 74, of Oxford, N.C., passed away on June 11, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.

Native to Granville County he was an avid farmer, business entrepreneur, and horse lover. Burley loved a good joke and believed in a hard day’s work.

Burley is survived by his spouse of fifty-one years, Brenda Denny Champion; his son, Wayne Champion (Casey), and daughter, Wendy Champion Norwood. Also surviving are six grandchildren: Dillon, Brandy, Brittany, Grace, Denny, and Garrett. He is survived by eleven brothers and sisters: Pauline Newell, Howard Champion (Allie Mae), Virginia Morton, Donald Champion, Faye Jones, Clifton Champion (Gail), Linda Fox (Sam), Charles Champion, Larry Champion, Betsy Lovings (Robert), and Steve Champion (Denise). He was preceded in death by his parents, Sidney C. Champion and Helen Taylor Cash Champion; his daughter, Elizabeth Joyce Champion, and sister, Erma Champion Reece.

Visitation will be held at Eakes Funeral Home on Monday, June 13, 2016, from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Funeral Services will be held at Mount Zion Baptist Church on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at 2:00 P.M. followed by burial in the Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Berea Fire Department, 1213 U.S. Hwy 158, Oxford, N.C. 27565 or to Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1171 U.S. Hwy 158, Oxford, N.C. 27565.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Tammy Latta on 21st September 2016

"Burly you'll be truely missed.Thank you for showing me how to show horses. I knew how to ride but I had never showed horses before.He told me that it didn't matter what your horse looked like as long as it knew what to do. I came right off a trail ride Burly told me to inter my horse. So I did and won. So from then on I knew it's what the horse knows not what it looks like. Thanks for the many laughs. Ms. BRENDA WAYNE. AND WENDY.  My thoughts and prayers are with you. May the Lord Jesus bring pease to all of you.And we'll see that speacial cowboy in the Heavens and we will ride for eturnity RIP"

This tribute was added by Sammy Bottoms on 22nd June 2016

"I had many good times and lots of laughter with Burley.He was one of a kind,Brenda I was with Burley the night he met you for the first time.I believe it was at this dance hall call Big Daddy's.He told me it was love at first sight.My prayers go out to you Brenda and your family."

This tribute was added by faye weaver on 15th June 2016

"Brenda, Wendy and family,  just learning about Burley's passing! So sorry! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!"

This tribute was added by Nita Wilson on 15th June 2016

"R,I,P, Burley, prayers to the family.  Had some great times working for you.. you sure were a cat pistol... many a laughs back in the day at Champion & Co. Thoughts with you Brenda, Wayne and Wendy..."

This tribute was added by June Eller on 14th June 2016

"My deepest sympathies go out the the Champion family.  I remember Burley and Brenda when I lived next to them in Berea.  He was a character!  He always seemed to have a smile on his face not matter what the situation. Ride forever on the great range in the sky."

This tribute was added by S Hill on 14th June 2016

"Sorry to hear about the passing of your loved one. May the comforting promises from God ease your pain during this difficult time.  One of which is found at Isaiah 25:8. There it says "He will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces.”

Again, please accept my sincere condolences for your loss."

This tribute was added by Ralph N on 14th June 2016

"To the ChampionFamily,
I am sorry for your loss, I would like to share with you some comforting words from the bible that have given many true comfort at a time like this. Jesus promised that he will resurrect all those who have died, back to life again here on the earth. (John 5:28,29)  And soon all the things that cause us sorrow, pain, and even death, will be gone forever. (Revelation 21:3,4. So take comfort knowing that your love one is in God's memory waiting for that wonderful time to take place."

This tribute was added by Kay Turner on 13th June 2016

"Prayers for the Champion Family as they go thru this difficult time. Burley was  a special person and helped many people. He will surely be missed.  Special prayers for my two granddaughters Brandy & Brittany Champion. Burley taught them so much about horses. Rest in peace Burley .  I am sure you are free from pain in the presence of our Lord & Savior."

This tribute was added by Manie Currin on 13th June 2016

"To all the closely knit, large and loving Champion family, my condolences, prayers and thoughts are with you during this very difficult time that you are facing.  Coming from a large family and knowing how close we are, to lose not one but two is s burden only God can carry us through.  Our love to you!!!"

This tribute was added by Brittany Champion on 12th June 2016

"Granddaddyy I love you and miss you more than you will ever know. You were always someone I looked up to. You taught me so much over the last 23 years and I'm not sure how this life is gonna be without you. I know you're watching over me and I can't wait to see you in heaven. Rest in peace cowboy!"


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