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Memorial Service

Belfry United Methodist Church
Saturday December 27th, 2014

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Donald Dennis Burgraff

Donald Dennis Burgraff, formerly of Williamson, WV, passed away at the home of his daughter, Kathy, in Omar, WV on December 21, 2014 following a brief illness.  Born on March 20, 1940, Donnie was a member of the Pond Creek Nation where he grew up in McAndrews, KY and was a 1957 graduate of Belfry High School.  He was a veteran of the United States Army, former officer with the United Mine Workers of America, and was retired from the J.A. Jones Construction Company as a Safety Director. Donnie was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Hawthorne and Mae Burgraff and his grandparents, Fred and Ollie Burgraff and Thomas and Martha Daugherty. Donnie is survived by his two daughters Dr. Donna L. Burgraff of Chillicothe, OH and Kathy (Keith) Farmer of Omar, WV; his two grandchildren Dustan (Amanda) Rutherford of Pikeville, KY and Tiffany Rutherford of Omar, WV; and three great grandchildren Dakota and Alona Rutherford of Pikeville and Logan Rutherford of Omar.  He is also survived by his second wife Marilyn of Myrtle Beach, SC and her two children Robin and Kevin Bauernschmitt of New Jersey; his sister Melissa Burgraff Higginbotham of Georgetown, KY; his brother Rev. Richard “Dick” Burgraff of Owensboro, KY two nephews Steve Burgraff of Nashville, TN and Brandon Higginbotham of Georgetown, KY and two nieces Candice (Danny) Fulkerson of Owensboro and Brittany Higginbotham of Georgetown. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 27th at 2:00 p.m. at the Belfry United Methodist Church in Belfry, KY.  As a young boy Donnie helped build that church and his dad was its first pastor. Collins Funeral Home of Switzer is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.collinsfuneralhomewv.com. In lieu of flowers, if anyone would like to honor Donnie’s memory his family requests donations be made to Dignity Hospice, P.O. Box 4304 Chapmanville, WV  25508 orwww.dignitywv.org.

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Jimmy Matney Aug 19 2018 12:00 AM

Kathy, I am so sorry for your loss. Donald was one of a kind. I would come to see him and try to put a smile on his face and make him feel a little better, but it was always me that left with a smile. I will miss him and never forget him or you.

Katrina Morgan Dec 27 2014 12:00 AM

Iam so sorry about your loss. Donnie was a very sweet classmate. May GOD give your family the comfort you need at this time. GOD BLESS

Judy Hunt Wood a classmate of 1957 Dec 23 2014 12:00 AM