HERMITAGE, PA (MyValleyTributes) – Timothy Ray Burks “Tim”, age 68, formerly of Hermitage, Pennsylvania, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at the Trinity Living Center in Grove City, Pennsylvania following a long illness.
Born April 14, 1951 in Accoville, West Virginia, he was the son of Beverly Ray and Bonnie Lou Gearheart Burks.
His father preceded him in death and his mother resides in Lenexa, Kansas.
Timothy graduated from Bristol High School in Bristolville Ohio and went on to study classical guitar at the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University.
He enjoyed success early in his career in both classical and rock-n-roll genres, recording and touring with NE Ohio bands including The Glass Harp and Heartship. While performing professionally, Tim was featured on television and radio performances including WMMS’s Live from the Agora. In later years, he taught privately in Kent, Ohio for select students. His musicality has been an inspiration to many, including his niece and nephew who carry on as professional musicians in Nashville, Tennessee and Asheville, North Carolina today.
Tim led a quiet and private life and enjoyed trout fishing and hunting nearly as much as the guitar, bagging a bear at the young age of 18. Though in later years his health prevented him from enjoying the outdoors, Tim remained a lover of music and would spend his days listening to the local NPR classical music station. Family was always important to Tim and just a few hours before his passing, his mischievous sibling teasing was as sharp as ever as he insisted his sister, Ladonna, leave her reading glasses for him because he couldn’t find his own.
In addition to his mother, Bonnie Burks, Tim is survived by former wife, Karen Burks; a sister, Ladonna Ellenberger and her husband, Vic, of Hermitage, Pennsylvania; two brothers, Phillip Burks and his wife, Marianne, of Overland Park, Kansas and Stephen Burks and his wife, Laura, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; eight nieces and nephews and a great-nephew.
In keeping with Tim’s wishes there will be no visitation or services.
Arrangements are being handled by the Harold W. Stevenson Funeral Home LLC, 264 E. State Street, Sharon, PA 16146. On-line condolences may be offered by visiting stevensonfuneralhome.net.
A television tribute will air Thursday, May 23 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.