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Official Obituary of

Norma Jeanne (Bohannon) Burke

November 15, 1928 ~ May 1, 2023 (age 94) 94 Years Old

Norma Burke Obituary

Mrs. Norma Jeanne Bohannon Burke, 94, formerly of Lake Wylie, SC, passed away Monday, May 1, 2023.

Services will be private.

Mrs. Burke was born November 15, 1928 in Birmingham, AL to the late Robert Scott Bohannon and Alma Johnson Bohannon.  She was the widow of Clyde Burke.

Survivors are her daughters Bonny Boswell and Brenda Burke both of Charlotte, NC; son Barry Burke (Ann Marie) of Charleston, SC; grandchildren Addie Pate (Richard), Kalah Smith (Clark) and Buck Boswell; daughter-in-law Dianne Burke; and great grandchildren Ada Pate, Andi Pate, Bo Pate, Jeb Smith, and Haywood Smith.

As well as her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by a son, Bob Burke and a sister, Doris Butsch.

Mom loved to travel and planned wonderful vacations for our family. We often went to Birmingham AL to visit her parents, and on to their river cabin on the Tennessee River-such great memories.  Being avid boaters, and members of the Charlotte Power squadron, for several summers, we would rendezvous with several other boaters at Cape Lookout.  We would trailer our boats to Harkers Island, then go back and forth to the Cape on the boat, spending all day in the sun and loving it.  Mom always let all the kids take a friend. Once again, great memories and lifetime friends were made.  Mom went on 2 safaris in Africa. Dad stayed home to take care of the kids, and Mom traveled with a group from Charlotte. She brought back wonderful photos, stories, and gifts.  When NASA scheduled the first moon landing where the astronauts walked on the moon, she and Dad planned quite the trip for the family.  We put our 28’ Owens Cabin Cruiser in the water in Charleston SC, and traveled down the Intracoastal Waterway to Orlando Fl, where her sister and their 4 children lived. Mom was quite the singer and actress, performing in several CPCC plays. One of my favorite stories is that she dressed herself at home as Bloody Mary in South Pacific, then drove to my dad's office off South Boulevard, and got pulled over by the police in full costume including a bone in her hair. She sang in the choir at Providence Baptist Church when we were little and then at River Hills Community Church when we moved to Lake Wylie. She was often asked to sing solos, and frequently requested to be a soloist at weddings. There are so many other wonderful things that she did, we will share those stories for years to come. She was a wonderful person, kind to everyone, always a smile on her face, a true southern belle to the very end. She will be missed but we are celebrating a life well lived and blessed that we all got to be a part of it.

Memorials may be mailed to:  Levine Cancer Institute; 208 East Blvd; Charlotte, NC 28203 or by visiting:  https://fundraise.atriumhealthfoundation.org/give/255928/#!/donation/checkout

in honor of W. Clyde Burke and Robert C. (Bob) Burke.

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