Let the memory of Joe be with us forever
  • 50 years old
  • Born on September 16, 1961 in Victoria, Southwest Province, Cameroon.
  • Passed away on March 16, 2012 in Douala, Cameroon.

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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Posted by Jacob Martin on 20th March 2018
I miss you, time go by so fast I need someone to talk to, where are you?
Posted by Manga Ekiti on 16th March 2018
Ole Boy…Six years already and I still feel like I’ll run into you in Bota each time I go to CMR. Continue to rest dear Brother. Still missed!
Posted by Kinge Namanga on 16th March 2018
Sleep on bro. I miss you Tata. Continue to rest in peace.
Posted by Raymond Ekobena on 18th September 2017
Miss you always Joe.
Posted by Kinge Namanga on 16th September 2017
Joe I am still not believing your departure. I still miss you my bro. It is to me as if you are still around in Victoria. Rest in peace my dear brother. Happy birthday Joe.
Posted by Amina Kweti on 16th September 2017
Happy birthday Joe........ Cheers
Posted by Tabi Makia on 18th March 2017
Your Candle is still burning
Posted by Raymond Ekobena on 17th March 2017
Miss you Joe. Take care my man.
Posted by Dikoko Quan on 17th March 2017
Joe boy, You were very good to me. I think of you often. You were a wonderful human being.
Posted by Amina Kweti on 16th March 2017
5 years time passes at rapid pace but this moment is frozen in it. May your light shine brighter this year.
Posted by Catherine Martin on 19th September 2016
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.
Posted by Jacob Martin on 16th September 2016
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
Posted by Anne Ekiti on 16th September 2016
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...
Posted by ANNE WAGNER on 16th September 2016
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:)
Posted by Amina Kweti on 16th September 2016
Happy Happy 55th Birthday "ole man" May your star shine a bit brighter this year. Cheers
Posted by Etondi Tchwenko on 16th March 2016
No wonder I spent 2 hrs today talking about you!! Still sucks that you're not here. Continue to rest in peace.
Posted by Evelyn Etti on 16th March 2016
Four years have gone by so fast, rest in perfect peace, we miss you.
Posted by Edna Kweti on 16th March 2016
I just miss you.....
Posted by Anne Ekiti on 16th March 2016
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.
Posted by Tony Fonderson on 16th March 2016
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...
Posted by Edna Kweti on 16th September 2015
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!
Posted by Ella Chuwa on 16th September 2015
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 Love Ella
Posted by Emmanuel Kisob on 17th March 2015
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.
Posted by Ngale Monono on 16th March 2015
Hey joe three years already? But I have always remembered that smile.....will always do brother... U were such a nice guy rip.
Posted by Nadia Cureton on 16th March 2015
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!
Posted by Amina Kweti on 16th March 2015
My heart is a bit heavy today.... However the thought of you watching over us makes me smile. A toast to you........
Posted by Kinge Namanga on 16th March 2015
Dear Joe, I miss you my brother and I can't still believe you are gone! May God be with you my friend and brother.
Posted by Jacob Martin on 18th September 2014
Hope you having fun as usual
Posted by Robert (REG) Burnley on 16th September 2014
Happy Birthday Dad! Always, thinking of you
Posted by Horace Russell on 16th September 2014
Although I did not meet you here your family is forever entwined with ours in that greater fellowship of Christian love. Rest in Peace
Posted by Nadia Cureton on 16th September 2014
Happy birthday, Joe! Missing you...always!
Posted by Evelyn Etti on 16th September 2014
Happy birthday, Joe. How time passes!! We will always remember you, RIP
Posted by Amina Kweti on 16th September 2014
Happy Bday! The sun will shine brighter today.
Posted by Edna Kweti-Fonderson on 16th September 2014
Hi Joe! Happy Birthday! Time passes yet the heart stands still trying to catchup with what is. I just miss you! Aishatu
Posted by Robert (REG) Burnley on 31st August 2014
Hey Dad, I'm gonna graduate this year, just wanna say thanks and I' know you'll be there with me like always
Posted by Ruth Ekangaki on 17th July 2014
Hi there, thinking of u......................
Posted by Anne Ekiti on 17th March 2014
Two years have gone by in the blink of an eye... We miss you still!
Posted by Edna Kweti on 16th March 2014
Hi Joe! 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
Posted by Emile Fonderson on 16th March 2014
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. Ton man.
Posted by Etondi Tchwenko on 16th September 2013
Dear Joe, Still missing you...especially on this day.
Posted by Nadia Cureton on 16th September 2013
Dearest Joe! Thinking of you on this your special day. I miss you terribly but know you're having fun wherever you are. Happy Birthday!
Posted by Robert (REG) Burnley on 16th September 2013
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!
Posted by Louis Ebune on 18th May 2013
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.....
Posted by Etondi Tchwenko on 16th March 2013
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!
Posted by Nadia Cureton on 16th March 2013
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...
Posted by Amina Kweti on 16th March 2013
Joe..
Posted by Masoma Efimba on 16th March 2013
I celebrate the impact of your goodness and care a year after you departed.
Posted by Vennessa Sona on 16th March 2013
Joe Burnley is still being missed. Kupexsans miss you.
Posted by Catherine Martin on 10th March 2013
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.
Posted by Ruth Ekangaki on 20th January 2013
Hi coz..... Just thinking of you. Miss u.

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