John Irvin Burge III was born in Mobile, AL on June 20, 1988. He passed away on Christmas Eve December 24, 2018.
He leaves behind his loving wife, Elizabeth (Wibbi) Lloyd Burge and two children, John I Burge IV (3), and Katherine E Burge (3 mo).
John and Wibbi fell in love at first sight and she was the love of his life. He was the son of John I Burge Jr. and Joy B Burge of Mobile, AL. John enjoyed meeting his dad for lunch, telling him about his work adventures and talking cars with him. He and his mom had a trusting and loving relationship.
He also leaves behind three sisters, Morgan (Erich) Holderer, Katie (Ben) Prothro, and Beth (Jonathan) Smiley, all who were very influential in his life. His beloved uncle, Tom Burge (Carol Lee) was like a second father to John and was very active in his life. His cousin Martha Burge, was also a close friend and an honorary sister. John was the son-in-law of Bill and Leah L Lloyd and leaves behind brothers in law Tyler(Hannah) Lloyd, Cameron(Brianna) Lloyd, and Aidan Lloyd along with over twelve nieces and nephews who simply adored him. John was loved by many aunts and uncles, Linda(Gus)Agee, Janet Agee, Jan(Frank) Alardo, Marie(Greg)Sweeney, Alice(Harry) Welker, Jeanette(Phillip) Calametti, W Gene Rutledge and tons of cousins who always knew they could count on John for anything!
John graduated from Davidson High School in 2006. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 2007 and served his country for 4 years including tours in Iraq and Kuwait. There, he met men who became lifelong brothers with a bond that will never be broken. He proudly worked for Alabama Power from 2011 until his untimely death. Always one for a good joke, he made the workday more fun and his brothers in the fleet will miss his laughter over the radio waves as handle #48. John was an avid Volkswagen enthusiast. In his free time, he and his son, little John, rebuilt his powder blue 1960 VW Ragtop Bug, truly a one of a kind. He loved riding it through the Smoky Mountains and along the streets of Mobile. He passed away doing what he loved, shifting gears with his larger than life grin in his beloved Beetle.
An amazing father, husband, brother and friend; he will be greatly missed. He had a smile like no other and left a lasting impression on everyone he met.
Services will include a wake to be held at Luke 4:18 Fellowship (2664 Sollie Rd, Mobile, AL) Wednesday, January 2 from 5-8 pm.
The funeral service will be held at Luke 4:18 Fellowship Thursday, January 3 at 10 am with a graveside service to follow at Mobile Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the John I Burge III Memorial Fund. Please mail donations to Hancock Whitney Bank, 2110 Demetropolis Rd, Mobile AL 36693.
Praying for the family and admiring your God given strength at this time of gut-wretching grief. Your strength and testimonies were a light at John's farewell service. My son, John Barnette, told me so many stories of the fun times they shared, from Big Time Diner, fishing, working on cars, spending nights together, and even recently sharing laughs at Alston Brothers about his career plans. It meant a lot to us both, to hear your encouragement to share John's legacy. God bless each of you. John would be so proud of the love shown last night and today. 💙
Gloria BarnetteMobile, AL
Although I never met you my former husband and were good friends with your uncle and aunt Tom and Carolee Burge...he was a good man so I know you must have been the same. May God wrap your family in his arms.
Maxine CostsDaphne, AL
Joy and Johnny,
Joe and I are praying for you and your family.
Lynn and Joe Davis
Lynn and Joe DavisMobile, AL
“Little John”, our world has lost a BRILLANT light, just like a Shooting Star, flying so fast and so far,....you’re gone WAY too soon. God received another Angel for reasons we don’t understand but as I cry & grieve for Joy, Johnny, Tommy & the entire Burge Family, I know you were met at Heaven’s door & held in loving arms by those who have gone ahead of you. I pray your memories here on earth become Joyful to all and that your family’s tough days ahead be enriched with friendships and their lives comforted with God’s love.
Sending prayers & love to the dear BURGE family, Elizabeth & children.
Becky Werneth (Wilkerson)
Becky Werneth (Wilkerson)Hurst, TX
I worked with John at Alabama Power. I worked the evening shift and John would stop by from time to time and make us laugh with one of his stories. It made our evening shift better each time he stopped by. He always said hello Ms Ava. He came to see me before I transferred back to Georgia. John was one of the sweetest people that I ever worked with. His passing leaves an empty place in my heart. God bless his friends and family. I cannot begin to imagine your pain.
Ava HavardForsyth, GA
My heart goes out to the entire Burge family. My prayers are with you all.
Lynn F RobinsonTheodore, AL
Truly sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Denise & David HillemannPort St Lucie, FL
Sorry for the loss. May God comfort all of you
Sharon MaddenBrewton, AL
After knowing & gathering with this family for almost 9 years, the week before his passing was the first time I was actually engaged in a conversation with John & others at his sister Morgan’s birthday celebration. I remember thinking he was so funny & that we should all hang out more often. Can’t wait to continue that conversation and laugh with him again in the future.
Jennifer HicksMobile, AL
May the Lord be with the family and comfort them now and forever.
Peggy & Kerry Keller
Kerry KellerMobile, AL