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2013-03-28 / Obituaries


Irish Ann Burroughs died Sunday, March 3, 2013 in Atlanta, Ga. She was born June 9, 1950 to the late Arga and Lucille Burroughs in Thomasville. After her mother’s death, she was raised by her grandmother, the late Dora Williams and her stepgrandfather, the late Tom Williams of Thomasville.

Burroughs confessed Christ at an early age and united with the New Hope No. 1 Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorship of the late Rev. R. C. McElroy. At the time of her death, she was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta under the pastorship of Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock.

She began her educational journey in the Montgomery County School System and completed her secondary journey and graduated from A. L. Martin High School Class of 1968 in Thomasville. She received her B. S. degree in Social Services from Florida Memorial College in Miami. After graduating from college, Burroughs moved to Atlanta and was employed for several years as the assistant director with the Martin Luther King Child Development Center. She also worked at the Ebenezer Baptist Church Daycare. After retiring from the social services field, she was a part-time employee at Walmart in Atlanta.

She is survived by her daughter, Brittani Lucille Burroughs of Atlanta; grandson, Kari Ravon Burroughs of Atlanta; sister, Doretta (James) Campbell of Pensacola, Fla.; brother, James (Antoinette) Burroughs of Austell, Ga.; aunt, Alabe Bullard of New York City, N. Y.; nephew and nieces, Rodgi Campbell, Jannie (Martin) Holley-Smith and Deneice Campbell, all of Pensacola; five greatnephews, Jared Thomas of Tampa, Fla., Taisja Brown, Caleb James Campbell, Christopher Jamichael Campbell and Carlton Jamaal Campbell, all of Pensacola; great-niece, Ciara Thomas of Pensacola; two adopted sisters, Jenette Rodgers and Joyce Cleveland, both of Thomasville; two devoted cousins, Mitford (Shirley) Bettis of College Park, Ga. and Francis Smith of Fayetteville, Ga.; a host of cousins, extended relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Isaiah Arga Burroughs and sister, Ruby Nell Burroughs.

Funeral services were Saturday, March 9 at New Hope No. 1 Missionary Baptist Church, which is under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Lee E. Nelson. The officiating minister was Rev. Thomas Edison Jackson, Jr., Sister Carolyn Foreman Williams presided and Abernathy Funeral Home in Linden directed.

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