FARMINGTON — Mr. Eugene “Gene” Burch, 80, passed away October 21, 2014, at his residence. Gene was born January 15, 1934, in Leadwood, and was the son of John Burch and Grace ‘McClain’ Burch. Also preceding-in-death were: his wife, Vernetta Joann ‘Babb’ Burch (March 2013); a sister, Alma Henderson and a brother, Leeman Burch.
Gene was a member and former Sunday School Teacher at Farmington First Church of God, Carleton Street. Gene’s church was a big part of his life and he had a great love for his church family. Gene was a fan-favorite in his red and white #2 car. Gene had 100+ feature wins in his racing career. The Burch family would like to pay tribute to some of Gene’s friends and fellow competitors: Jim Knox, Jack Long, Gene “Tubby” Black, Junior Giles, Donnie Klein, Ken Buckley, Bernell Pulley, Dale Resinger, Kenny Slade and Dean Adams, Sr.
Survivors include: two sons, Tom (Mary Ann) Burch, of Farmington; Kenny (Teresa) Burch, of Farmington. Five sisters, Julie Atchison, Mary Asher, and Norma Hollinger, all of California. Hilda Barron, of Frankclay, and Georgia Kitchell, of Irondale. Three brothers, Leon Burch, of Iron Mountain Lake; Randell Burch, of Desloge and Jerry Burch, of Farmington. Seven grandchildren: Kristee (John) Bloom; Keith (Casey) Burch; Kenny (Stephanie) Burch, Jr., Ami Jo Burch; Kimberley Ramsey; Kasey Burch (Dee Dee McDaniel), and Kelly Burch. Ten great-grandchildren: Kayleigh; Jewell; Amaya; Keegan; Ty; Lindsay; Brody; Quinton; Kody and Klarissa.
Visitation today, 5-8 p.m. at Taylor Funeral and Cremation Service, Inc., Farmington. Visitation resumes Friday, 6:30 a.m. and funeral 11:00 a.m., at Taylor Funeral Chapel, with Pastor Shannon Skinner officiating. Interment follows at Hillview Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Farmington. Memorials to: Farmington First Church of God, Carleton Street. Photo obituary; online guestbook and video tribute online at: www.taylorfuneral.com