Let the memory of Burley be with us forever
  • 74 years old
  • Born on April 14, 1942 .
  • Passed away on June 11, 2016 .

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.

Posted by Manie Currin on April 14, 2017
To his brothers, sisters and immediate family, may you have only pleasant memories on this day of remembrance!!!
Posted by Tammy Latta on September 21, 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
Posted by Sammy Bottoms on June 22, 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.
Posted by Faye Weaver on June 15, 2016
Brenda, Wendy and family, just learning about Burley's passing! So sorry! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!
Posted by Nita Wilson on June 15, 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...
Posted by June Eller on June 14, 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.
Posted by Manie Currin on June 13, 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!!!
Posted by Kay Turner on June 13, 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.
Posted by Brittany Champion on June 12, 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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