- 50 years old
- Date of birth: Sep 16, 1961
- Place of birth:
Victoria, Southwest Province, Cameroon
- Date of passing: Mar 16, 2012
- Place of passing:
|Let the memory of Joe be with us forever|
The Burnley and Martin families are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Joseph Ebakise Efesoa Burnley on 16 March 2012, after a brief illness in Cameroon.
A memorial and wake will be held in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 8 pm till dawn at the Burnley home, 14156 W Indianola Avenue, Goodyear, AZ 85395.
The second memorial and wake will be held on Friday, April 6, 2012 at 7:30 PM at Plum Orchard Banquet Hall, 12210 Plum Orchard Drive, Silver Spring, MD, 20904.
Final wake-keeping and burial services will take place in Victoria, Cameroon the weekend of 13 April 2012.
We thank you for your thoughts and prayers,
The Burnley and Martin families
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"Your Candle is still burning"
"Miss you Joe. Take care my man."
You were very good to me. I think of you often. You were a wonderful human being."
"5 years time passes at rapid pace but this moment is frozen in it.
May your light shine brighter this year."
"Memories of your last visit to Cameroon remain vivid each time I see your grave behind your mother's house. We will be there someday."
"Today was going to be a vegas trip again to celebrate your BDAY, will alway miss you, guide us and be our big angle, still we meet again bye"
"I miss you dearly. I hope you are re-united with your love. Rest in peace. Another year has gone by but the 16th of September always gets me..."
"You have been missed, but we cherish all the memories shared! You will always be in our hearts! Rest in perfect peace Joe. Your one and only, Cousin Anne:)"
"Happy Happy 55th Birthday "ole man" May your star shine a bit brighter this year. Cheers"
"No wonder I spent 2 hrs today talking about you!! Still sucks that you're not here. Continue to rest in peace."
"Four years have gone by so fast, rest in perfect peace, we miss you."
"I just miss you....."
"Its been 4 years already but it seems like yesterday. You may be gone from the physical realm but you are not forgotten. I see you every day in REG.It has been especially tough for mummy but she is coping. You are never far from her thoughts. Eyum is doing well also. Anyway big bro, later."
"So much has happened in the time since you've been gone. You are still in our hearts, and the world seems a stranger place without you. Wish you were here! RIP and blessings to you..."
"Today I woke up knowing that there was an awesome party going on up there in heaven for you and it made me sad that we are not able to join in and celebrate you, but my heart knows that you are keeping good company with some pretty awesome folks!
Happy Birthday Joe!
Love and miss you very much!"
"Still can't believe you're gone!!!
He family will be meeting next month to remember another patriarch and you will surely be in our hearts.....say hi to daddy for me in heaven where you both are
"Joe, three years have gone by like the wind......It seems like only yesterday....You are sorely missed, my family and I continue to pray that the almighty watches over the family that you left behind and also that you Rest Peacefully in the Lord."
"Hey joe three years already? But I have always remembered that smile.....will always do brother... U were such a nice guy rip."
"Missing you Joe! Thank you for watching over me as I took on perhaps the biggest challenge of my life so far. I know you answered me as I called your name with each step. I felt your presence among those clouds up on the top of the world and remembered your bear hugs on those cold nights. Love you lots!"
"My heart is a bit heavy today.... However the thought of you watching over us makes me smile. A toast to you........"
I miss you my brother and I can't still believe you are gone! May God be with you my friend and brother."
"Hope you having fun as usual"
"Happy Birthday Dad! Always, thinking of you"
"Although I did not meet you here your family is forever entwined with ours in that greater fellowship of Christian love. Rest in Peace"
"Happy birthday, Joe! Missing you...always!"
"Happy birthday, Joe.
How time passes!!
We will always remember you, RIP"
"Happy Bday! The sun will shine brighter today."
Time passes yet the heart stands still trying to catchup with what is.
I just miss you!
"Hey Dad, I'm gonna graduate this year, just wanna say thanks and I' know you'll be there with me like always"
"Hi there, thinking of u......................"
"Two years have gone by in the blink of an eye... We miss you still!"
Time keeps on keeping time all the while our hearts still going thru your absence from us weighing heavy on our hearts.
I can't tell you how many times I feel I just had a chat with you.
I know you are at peace amongst loved ones but my heart still struggles with the void.
I miss you!
Bye for now me"
"Joe, my main man.
It's been 2 years now and yet, every time I think of Takoma Station or Blues Alley, I still think of you ..!
Well, you just keep on enjoying those heavenly jazz tunes while sitting at the feet of our "Greatest Band Leader" in the sky. For our version here on earth is but a faint echo...
Till we meet again.
Still missing you...especially on this day."
Thinking of you on this your special day. I miss you terribly but know you're having fun wherever you are. Happy Birthday!"
"Dear Dad, not a day goes by that I don't think of everything you taught me. Everyday I strive to be the best man I can be, because I know your watching over me and Devon. I'm extremely grateful for the life you gave us and plan on making you proud. Happy 52nd birthday!"
"My dear friend, nights may fall, days may break as many times as they must but the moments and memories shared will forever remain in the hearts of those you touched ever so gently, lovingly, respectfully and kindly. We each in our own ways continue to remember and celebrate you and your life. Sleep on my dear friend, sleep on....."
"So the whole week has been tough because I knew this day would mark a yr since u left us. It still hurts to know that I wont see you at the next family reunion or any other celebration. I'm still pissed that u're gone but nothing I can do about it but continue to carry the memories i have of u in my heart. I do pray that u continue to rest in peace till we meet again. I miss you everyday!"
"It's a hard day, dearest Joe! But thinking of you resting peacefully looking down on us, taking care of your little brothers and sisters, makes the pain less. I miss you more than words can say, more than my heart can hold. But life does go on only with you on my shoulder.
Lots of love..."
"I celebrate the impact of your goodness and care a year after you departed."
"Joe Burnley is still being missed. Kupexsans miss you."
"Wow, it is almost one year since you left us. Memories of the last time I saw you are still fresh in my mind. Our God has the answer to every action."
Just thinking of you. Miss u."
Things have not been the same since you departed. We love you, miss you, and will always remember you. RIP..."
"I got up this monring thnking of what we should have done together on your birthday if both of us were in Victoria-- Have fun as childhood friends and enjoy our city. Now that you are gone, I can not do much but ponder in absolute glare--One of my best friends is gone to be seen no more. RIP Joe! I miss your smile and your friendship. RIP Joe!!!! I salute you! May God comfort you Bra!"
"You're on mind a lil' stronger today than always so I thought I'd leave you a note. I hope you are indeed resting in peace. I miss you!!"
"Aunty GWEN, the Burnley and Martin Families: Please, take heart as the light of humans lead Joe unto the journey beyond. I join you in prayer, so that the LORD JESUS CHRIST will keep JOE safely, until the day of ressurection, when we'll all join on the same table to savour the life the almighty has promised for all who die believing in CHRIST JESUS! "YESUS EMMANUEL..PEACE, LOVE & COURAGE!"
"Waoh Joe! it is so hard to believe that you left so soon. My heart goes out to the Burnley and Martin Family especially to your mum and siblings. I pray the Good lord gives your family the courage and strength to bear your loss. May your soul rest in the bosom of the Lord. Say hello to your dad from me."
"Adieu Grand. REST IN PEACE"
"Joe, your still and "sleeping" form in that casket today was something I still can't understand. My friend, I know you're in a better place and I pray the Lord grants you eternal rest in His bosom, and comforts the family you left behind. I will never forget you. You were a true friend to me. Goodnight...
"Joe, I pinched myself hoping that it was all a nightmare but it proved me wrong. When I saw you today inside that casket, it dawned on me that you have really taken an early exit.
I guess you are resting in the bosom of the Lord free from all the 'wahala' of mother Earth.
Rest my dear, Rest!"
"To the Burnleys and Martins: May the comfort of God help you during this difficult time. May all the love that surrounds you give you strength. Accept our condoleances.
Peace, prayers and blessings."
Your death remains a big shock. May your cheerful soul RIP."
"Joe, it will forever be difficult to imagine that you are physically no longer in this world. As you make your last journey out of earth, I pray that you go well; and while you are with your Maker, please watch over your loved ones as you always did. Josepha, all I can say is, the God who gave you this pain, will take it away. Joe, RIP until we meet again."
"Joe, we met briefly through Isaac and Emile, you have taken a path we will all go through. For love ones it is always very soon and painful to endure loosing someone, but for GOD it is a delight to call you home, because HE knows his Angel flock just grew and also that we may accept his ways through faith but will never understand it...Rest in Perfect and eternal Peace, until we meet again"
"To the Burnley-Martin families. Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of Joe. May the memories of him supercede the pain and void you feel. You all have gained one more angel and may memories of him be a source of strength to you all."
"To the Burnley and Martin families accept my heartfelt sympathy on the occasion of Joe's untimely and tragic passing. May God comfort you and renew your strength .
"Joe, words cannot explain the shock of your passing. God knows best. You were always there for us. You will sincerely be missed. Rest in peace until we meet to part no more."
"Joe R.I.P and you will be missed forever,I pray that God will comfort your family and give them peace that passes all under standing, I will always remember you and I will miss you may God bless your family spiritually and physically.........AMEN!"
"Happy Easter Joe!
Still in shock and disbelief at the the news of your passing but today we are reminded that Jesus conquered death. We'll miss you but we know there is hope beyond the grave. To Aunty Gwen and the entire Burnley family - we pray you find strength in this promise. Goodnight Joe, we'll see you in the morning. - Didi Ndando & Family"
"We were blessed by the time you spent us; the shadow of your compassion still hugs us every passing day."
"I still don't believe you are gone
May your journey home be paved with Roses
and May the Angels of our Good Lord Guide you to Heaven's Door.
You were a Perfect Gentleman. Rest In Peace"
"Transition was untimely but Omnipotent knows best. The goodness of Joe will remain alive in our hearts till we all meet again in the sweet bosom of tranquillity."
"In his infinite wisdom the good Lord has chosen you over the multitude of people that we all know on this earth to leave at this designated time. We dare not question why, but we morn the empty space left by your sudden departure. I will miss our conversations on jazz and politics. Rest assured my friend, I will think of you accompanied by Wynton Marsalis and fine wine. RIP. Moma K."
"No amount of words can comfort you on your way home after this huge battle. Go peacefully and hope you find solace with God. Tell my brother Paul, I am on my way."
"Joe may your tender soul rest in peace with the Lord Almighty. Heartfelt condolence to the entire family. I know Joe will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
""I'm trying to imagine that this journey was tops! It needed the gentle giant that you were to forge on. You join a beautiful landscape of angels we dearly miss, and I take heart that your first breath on that bountiful shore was amongst some really special people you know so well. Dearest cousin, brother & protector rest in his embrace that is the sweetest. We LOVE & MISS YOU! Rest,rest!"
"My,my Joe when i heard you were sick i said to myself he will be well soon but i found out that Josephus the gentle and kind soul is gone ,i can't really digest it,dear rest in the LORD. U R ONE OF THE MOST NICEST PEOPLE I HAVE COME ACROSS IN MY LIFE, rest in peace."
I am still trying to come in terms with this news of your passing in Cameroon. Remembering our conversation before your departure to Cameroon. Still hooping for an email response from you. Even spoke to you the Monday before you fell sick at home. My beloved House Captain of Mengot House, PSS. RIP, Great Kema Victor Ngoh for all of us"
You promised to see me on your return from Cameroon.Wow! the heavens forged other plans. Sleepless nights and heart ache continue to plague me. Thirty years of bossom friendship was shattered leaving a big void. We will continue to celebrate you until we meet someday. This was a man with a rare humor, gift of knowledge -"
"Joe, I am so sorry I never got to reply to your email. I just never imagined you would be gone so soon. My great big brother in PSS Kumba and my table head too :)
Joe, I choose to celebrate your life because you were such a gentle, caring and wonderful human being and brother."
"“Mrs. Burn’s” as I use to call you, we are not sadden by death, but by the fact that we will never see your smile or hear your calm and joking voice. I believe you found your star and followed it, we will forever miss you. I am thankful that our lives crossed, you are an irreplacable friend and a good soul. RIP "Mr.Burn's" until we meet again!"
I will forever miss you.....you are a heck of a human being, God knows that!"
"My dearest cousin Joe! Words cannot express the shock and grief felt by the entire family as a result of your sudden departure! Your gentle spirit & cheerful disposition will be greatly missed. May all those whose lives you touched, take comfort in the beautiful memories shared with you. I wish you everlasting peace, as you sleep in the Lord!!! Anne & Tony Wagner"
"Joe, it feels like only yesterday, I heard your name called with that of other new students in PSS. Next, the goalkeeper during Molongwe’s cup, yes that your class one, that beat every other class.
Your welcoming friendly smile in Maryland and sometimes familiar jokes. Joe, with many others who got the privilege to know a little, we miss you, although knowing that you now are with our Lord, Jesu"
"Rest in peace Joe. To Aunty Gwen, Josepha, Robert, Eyum and the entire Burnley and Martin families, may our Lord Jesus Christ hold you close and comfort you, as only He can."
"Hmm. Joe Burnley. I am still trying to make it sink that you have actually left us. Your sudden departure just emphasizes the fact that we are all passing through this world to the next and that we should all be ready at all times. May you rest in perfect peace in God's arms. My prayer goes out to your family at this time. May the Lord be their Comforter during this period. Rest in peace.l"
"Old Joe! It is hard for us to come to terms with your sudden departure. It did not occur to me that we were hugging each other for the last time that Sunday afternoon in Victoria, at Mummy’s 80th birthday reception. I have never been so wrong. I cannot thank you enough for your encouragement and support during my settlement phase in the U.S. Adieu Old Joe! Rest in Peace. Luma & Etonde."
Only you can me shed a tear for your quick untimely passing will be severely missed by many and remember we had unfinished bizness
rest thee . For the Martins and Burnley families Take heart knowing the good die young.Rest cool calm colorful trendstter of a fantastic chap you were. REST thee."
"Joe,Joe,Joe Your untimely departure has left us with a massive void.
The world will never have another one like you.
Imaging the going forward without you is truly painful.
Lord, why do the good ones die young?
Almighty God, when you meet Joe ( not if you meet Joe)
have mercy on his soul , for he was a good man."
"What a Sad news to the entire family,relatives and friends.Only God knows why.RIP till we all meet one day to depart no more.We will all remember you positively."
"From the wine drinking and pork eating, from MD to AZ i had a good time, every moment was great. All the stories about Buena Vista Social club and what i learned from you. I will be beside the boys as you were beside me thank you for everything
rest rest my uncle joe"
"The Joe. The best brother-in-law a guy could ask for…and unfortunately for me, you were an incredibly compassionate friend as well. “Miss” is not the word that readily comes to mind when I think of the void you created: your wit, humor and genuine love for humankind. Your sister is hurting, so are Mummy, Nana, Didi, Tina, Mafis, Josie and the boys. Rest well my friend...Manga"
"Your quiet presence will be missed, yet, our memories will linger forever. Rest, dearest cousin, rest......... we'll take care of Josie, Reg and Eyoum. Adieu"
"Your presence was so reassuring,your smile so ready so nice,your words so soothing,your personality so robust so comforting...RIP Joe you were such a nice guy."
"May your soul rest in perfect peace , you were a kind and gentleman , full of quirky and subtle humour, with a smile that was full of untold stories. Really sad Joe you are no longer here,the Lord Almighty knows best.May he continue to be the source of strength , guidance and spiritual comfort for your boys, wife, mum and siblings.A wise and generous man is always joyful, you were !!!!!!"
"Joe, may your gentle soul rest in perfect peace. The good Lord has called you home where there will be no more pain. My heart goes out to all the love ones you left behind."
"Please accept our sympathy and prayers at the homegoing of Mr. Burnley. The Baptists of Jamaica and Cameroon are one in many ways so my wishes represents theirs to a family that has been there from the beginning.May God comfort the extended family with his abiding love."
"My dearest cousin...there will never be the right words to express the sadness I feel after your sudden departure from this world. I know it should be enough that you lived to see me marry and even have a child but it's not. We still had so many memories to share. I will miss your bear hugs and protectiveness!! Join the rest of the angels and watch over us. RIP my dear cousin, RIP!"
""BIG JOE" - In my eyes you seem to effortlessly shoulder the burden of all around you, with your placid smile and humble demeanor.We shall all one day walk this path of separation you have chosen, but none will do so with the same defiance and pride! A final farewell (from this world) hoping that we meet again someday, somewhere?"
"MY thoughts and prayers are with the Burnley and Martin family. May his soul RIP. Prayer is Master Key!"
"I lost more than just a father, he was a mentor, a friend and most of all a great man. I remember When I was about 4-5 years old and I would wear his eye-glasses because I aspired to be just like him. I can only work toward becoming the type of man and father that would make him proud. I'm tremendously grateful for the time that I shared with my Father and I know he watches over me."
"Uncle Joe, I never knew that on Feb 5th 2012 when we were watching the Supper Bowl and talking about your trip to Cameroon, that it was the last time I will ever see you.
Uncle Joe, the Lord is your shepherd and even though you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, fear no evil. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace."
""Uncle Joe...Uncle Joe....Uncle Joe . I tire man. Will really miss you man.I will really miss you man. I did not know it was going to be this short. However, the memories I, Priso and Mbango have will be cherished for life.Thank you for being there for me even when you were not supposed to. Rest man .........Rest."
"Joe, may the Good Lord grant you eternal rest and peace forever? As we morn your departure, it is a reminder to us that it's an appointment we cant miss.
And freinds, watchout ".... Blessed are those who die in the Lord from now on. Yes, says the Spirit, they are blessed indeed, for they will rest from their hard work; for their good deeds follow them!” (Rev 14:13). Cho M. A."
"Words and tears cannot express how much u will be missed. You were such a nice and special person to many. RIP dear in the bosom of the Lord until we meet again"
"Joe, i still cannot believe this. We had unfinished business. You said you needed to speak to my future husband and approve he was a good match. Your departure was too sudden and the hurt i feel is too profound. I know you are in a better place. Say hello to Daddy (your partner in crime) tell him we love and miss him. I will miss your warm smile and genuine concern for all of us."
"Joe I must admit your sudden departure has left me in tears. I remember when we last met in DC and I drove you to get your driver's permit. I remember your words of encouragement about Anti and that I should not forget the kids. Thank you my dear brother for being there for me when I most needed you. Rest in peace my little Pa."
"Joe, I'm still trying to come to grips with your sudden departure. The memories from this site only reinforce this far from a dream. I pray that you rest peacefully in the Lord. May God comfort your boys, Josepha, the Burnley & Martin families. You will be sorely missed.
O' Nanga Bwam...."
"Joe, May our Lord Almighty give you eternal rest in his presence. Though you are gone, you will forever live in our memories and in our hearts. I remember the fun days in Buea, Bota and in London. RIP."
"Your gentle smiling persona and poise must blossom in our hearts forever; we are saddened by your departure. You have been God’s gift to us. In mournful memory we remain and pray and wish that yours is the path to righteousness for your smiles, love and affection have been of great cheer. You have given us an endless mournful spring, a spring that flows of your everlasting smile and love. Adieu J"
"I remember the fun time we had with Joe and his family during new years eve 2012. Little did I know that is the last time I will see Joe. It hurts beyond words.
"Raindrops patter on the roof –
lulling back to sleep
the ache of loss
with lullabies of memories
that fill the heart –
Whispering that love will never end."
"Joe, rest in perfect peace. Yesterday we were all growing up in Washington. Now you are gone! Weeehee!!. Josepha, mama, hang in there for the souls of the just are in the hands of God and the torments of death shall not touch them. In the sight of the unwise they seem to die and their depature taken for misery and utter destruction but they are in PEACE. (Wisdom 3) Accept my embrace."
"I still cant believe you're gone, I startle and see you so clearly still. It's too surreal and the only comfort i hold, if I may, is in that I know you're in a better place and you're with Daddy. Say hi to him for all of us and remember how we loved you, that much I pray you knew."
"Nothing I have experienced or learned thus far in my life prepared me for this moment. I am heart broken. I believed you were invincible from an early age. After all, did you not take on a ferocious dog on our behalf when we were children? I just wonder if I could have done more in your time of need. I wish you a peaceful journey.
"My dear freind and brother, how is it that you just up and left us? Did God choose you to be on the "advance team" so that you could prepare for our own arrival, which is sure to happen one day? God made a good choice because you are the kind of guy who can smoothen the passage for the rest of us. Who will not be swayed by your soft spoken nature? We will miss you. May God lead you home!"
"Your trademark smile, humor and generosity of spirit will certainly be missed. I'll treasure the memories of unexpected phone calls. God's speed JB... You have earned your wings.
Now, I salute YOU..."
"I am still trying to comprehend everything. Our hearts are heavy and broken. I will miss you sooo much uncle joe. Who is gonna victimize me? I pray that may the good Lord who took you away from us gives us the strength to carry on and especially your wife and kids. RIP AND GOOD NIGHT. We gonna miss you..... :-("
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