Ola Lee Burley Obituary

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Services will be 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 16, 2017 at L.E. Black, Phillips and Holden Funeral Home for Mrs. Ola Lee Burley, 91, who departed this life Monday, October 9, 2017.

Mrs. Burley was born October 8, 1926 in Bishopville, South Carolina, a daughter of Laddie, Sr. and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Jet Spann.

In her early adult years she worked as a nurse’s aide in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she met and married Willie C. Burley in 1947 and they moved to Youngstown, Ohio. She worked as a cook and caterer for Strouss-Hirshberg Co. for 28 years.

She was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan as well as other sports.

She was a member of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church where she served on the Nurse’s Guild, kitchen staff, Usher Board and Mission Ministries. She also was a member of the Eastern Stars.

She loved traveling, being with her family and maintaining her beautiful vegetable and flower gardens.

She leaves to cherish her legacy and memories nine children, Gloria (Lester Wiley) Spann-Burley of Columbiana, Carol Turner-Burley, Willie (Beverly A. Butler) Burley, Dwight (Juanita) Burley, Curtis, Rose, Jerald, Bertie and Deania Burley all of Youngstown; a brother, Jessie Spann of Florida; 38 grandchildren, including Calvin “Don” Burley whom she reared; 61 great-grandchildren and a host of great-great-grandchildren; her best friend, Lestene McElroy; nieces, Jackie Burley, Barbara, Connie and Willamenia; a host of Godchildren and a host of Godgrandchildren and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Willie C. Burley; two brothers, Laddie, Jr. and Bud Spann; a sister, Adelia Spann and a granddaughter, Sheree Burley; aunt, Rovenia Woodall; sister-in-law, Carrie Davis; nephew, Clarence “Shunnie” Burley; a niece, Elizabeth “Libby” Woods and her children, Bridget and Latisha Lowe.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 16 at the funeral home.

A television tribute will air Monday, October 16 at the following approximate times:

12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.

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