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Orbenia BurgesJune 20, 1927 ~ December 22, 2017 (age 90)
Orbenia Vivian Greer Stewart Burges, 90, died peacefully in her sleep Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at her home in Lilburn, Georgia.
Visitation is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Bill Head Funeral Home, Lilburn-Tucker Chapel, 6101 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker, GA 30084. The funeral service is at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Rehoboth Baptist Church, 2997 Lawrenceville Hwy, Tucker, GA 30084. The Rev. Troy Bush will officiate. Burial will follow across the street at Floral Hills Memory Gardens.
Mrs. Burges was a dedicated Christian. She was an active member of Rehoboth Baptist Church in Tucker, Georgia, and of Gideon International. She was a longtime supporter of the Christian Missionary Alliance in her hometown of Myra, Kentucky.
She was the oldest of 10 children, born June 20, 1927, to Oscar and Leurena Greer of Pike County, Kentucky. She attended Pikeville College and lived in Augusta, Georgia, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, before moving to the Atlanta area in 1968. She retired as an admissions clerk from what was then DeKalb General Hospital and met regularly with other DeKalb Medical Center retirees.
Mrs. Burges was most proud of her family. She had four daughters, all of whom lived nearby and saw her regularly. She had seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She had hosted the entire family just a week before her death for an all-day Christmas party featuring a visit from Santa Claus.
She loved to travel. She and her husband, Joe Burges, often drove to Florida, Kentucky, and south Georgia to visit friends and family. Mrs. Burges often accompanied her daughters on cruises, vacations and trips. She visited cities all over the country during the last 25 years while her daughter Carolyn Carlson attended professional conferences.
She was very competitive, especially at Kings and Rummikub, which she played almost daily. She and her husband met monthly with a group of friends to have dinner and play cards into the night. When she traveled with one of her daughters, they would have a running Kings tournament and would report the score to family back home. She always wanted to keep playing until she was winning.
Mrs. Burges is preceded in death by her first husband and the father of her daughters, James Hoyle Stewart; two sisters, Roberta Osborne and Wilma Tucker; and her brothers-in-law, Fletcher Johnson, Robert Barrow, Joe Brassell, Tony Tucker and Larry Osborne.
Survivors include her husband, Floyd Joseph Burges of Lilburn; her daughters and sons-in-law, Dianne and David Hill of Atlanta, Carolyn and Jan Carlson of Marietta, Debbie and Tom Manget of Conyers, and Aloyce and Allen Shaw of Stone Mountain; her grandchildren, Alison Hill of Chamblee, Andy and Georgia Hill of Decatur, Luke and Natalie Manget of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Daniel and Heather Manget of Asheville, North Carolina, Helen Manget of Conyers, Patrick and Karen Shaw of Arden, North Carolina, and Emily Shaw Bilbrey and Jennifer Bilbrey of Lilburn; her great-grandchildren, Lucas Hill and Sascha Hill of Decatur; Henry, Charley and Jack Manget of Chattanooga, Tennessee; Ellory and Greer Manget of Asheville, North Carolina; and Joey, Lilah and Clara Shaw of Arden, North Carolina.
Other survivors include her brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Faye Greer, of Waynesboro, Georgia, and their children; her sisters, Charlotte Johnson of Jenkins, Kentucky, and her children; Leah Barrow of North Augusta, South Carolina, and her children; Joann Brassell of Martinez, Georgia, and her children; Donna and Clarence Dreher of Columbia, S.C., and their children; Portia and John Horne of Lexington, Kentucky, and their children; and Rena Osborne of Pikeville, Kentucky, and her daughter.
Arrangements by Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel, (770) 564-2726.