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Burks Nunnery

Burks Nunnery

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Burks Cody Nunnery, born February 12, 1955 passed away unexpectedly in his home in Sacramento in late January.  There were no signs of trauma or distress and at this time a cardiac event is suspected.  He is survived by his brothers Hank and Bruce, and his sister, Barbara.  After Baker, Burks graduated from Ohio University in 1977, where he majored in Marketing and played 4 years of varsity baseball.
Burks moved to central California nearly 40 years ago. He loved being 5 minutes from the golf course and 60 from good snow skiing. He was an enthusiastic cyclist and enjoyed Sacramento's bikeways.  He became, of all things, a DeadHead, often touring with the group when possible and spending the week between Christmas and New Year in San Fransisco for the nightly concerts.  In his time in Cal. Burks went from moderately liberal to a full-on progressive. Which gave rise to more than a few spirited debates. And he did love a good debate.  Not an argument for the sake of arguing, but a true exchange of points of view. He remained competitive in all things throughout his life. Be it golf, skiing, billiards, ping pong, debating,  even board games  (things he referred to as parlor games and buffoonery), Burks was driven to compete.  He fueled his debates with his voracious reading habits. Burks would read most novels within 48 hours, and when he devoured Asimov's Foundation Trilogy in less than 2 weeks I was stunned.   Burks was always on top of any topic from politics, current events and history to  wine and music.
Despite having become a real Californian, Burks was extremely proud of his Mississippi roots, which was evidenced by his predilection to   duck hunting and his fondness for small batch bourbon.
I think what most people didn't know about Burks was just how very kind, insightful, and sensitive he was. Burks was also an extremely private person. 
People who knew Burks liked him.  People who knew Burks well loved him.  I sure did.
Steve Elliott

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02/05/17 07:38 PM #3    

Lynn Yasko (Jones)

That was a beautiful eulogy, Steve.  He was lucky to have you as a friend.  I'm sure he would have said the same about you.  😇

02/05/17 09:31 PM #4    

Kris Edler (Oakley)

Nice tribute, Steve.  Thanks.

02/06/17 08:23 AM #5    

Deborah Knapp

Burns was such a nice person. Thank you Steve for the lovely eulogy.


02/06/17 09:40 AM #6    

John Dieckhoff

Well done Steve, I am still in shock over his passing. He definitely was a man with a gentle soul. May he Rest In Peace.


02/06/17 11:25 AM #7    

Debby Hogan (DeLashmet)

That's lovely Steve, thank you so much for sharing. 


02/06/17 02:18 PM #8    

Louise Richardson (Meyer)

Beautifully writte, Steve.  I guess I never knew he had southern roots. He was always kind and a gentleman. It makes me sad to hear of his passing but am happy for him that he got such great joy out of life. 

02/07/17 12:39 PM #9    

Deborah Anderegg (Kwan)

Thanks again, to Steve for writing the wonderful and heart-felt summary for Burks. I can't believe that he is gone and I feel terrible that I didn't know he lived so close to me! We were about an hour plus away......


My prayers are with his family and hope that he is looking down on all the snow in the Sierras and LOVING it!


Deborah Kwan














02/08/17 07:20 AM #10    

Matt Tanksley

A well-written eulogy, Steve. I wasn't extremely close with Burks, but I do remember him as a good guy with a great sense of humor. He was also an excellent multi-sport athlete. My condolences go out to his family and friends.

It seems that we are losing many of our classmates way too early.

02/08/17 10:22 AM #11    

Nancy Blackwell

Thanks, Steve, for sharing your touching and informative thoughts about Burks! He sounds like such a good guy. I'm happy that two good guys stayed friends. Love to you, his family, and friends.

06/14/17 01:37 AM #12    

Ken W. Marshall

Burks was much like his dad and mother, whenever one visited Burks and the Nunnery home one was not a guest, not a visitor, certainly not a stranger, you were family when in the Nunnery home.

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