Phyllis Joann Burgess

BORN: March 1, 1934
DIED: February 18, 2018
LOCATION: South Charleston, West Virginia

Phyllis Joann Burgess

Phyllis Joann Burgess, 83, of South Charleston, went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Sunday, February 18, 2018.

Joann was a member of the Class of 1951 from Stonewall Jackson High School.  After graduation, she attended McMillian School of Nursing, and received her RN degree.  She began her career training Student Nurses at McMillian.  Later, she became an ER Nurse in the Emergency Room at Charleston Memorial Hospital.  She served as Head Nurse in the ER and ended her career in the Endoscopy Department.  She was highly respected by patients and her co-workers during her 45 years at CAMC Memorial.  She believed God had called her into the Nursing Profession.

Joann was a Woman of God.  The love of her life was her family, grandsons, great granddaughters and her church family.  She was an active member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, South Charleston involved in outreach ministries and working with mentally and physically challenged and the Good News Club.  She was also a member of the Gideon’s International Auxiliary, Associate member of the Kanawha County Association Retired School Employees and the AARP.

Joann was preceded in death by her mother, Merle Carter; son, Michael Lee; brother, Hobart (Hazel).

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 60 years, James (Jim) Burgess; daughters, Cheryl Burgess and Kathryn (Bobby) VanHoose; sister, Alma Cadle; nephew, Jim;  grandsons, Michael (Teena) and Nicholas (Jessica); great- grandaughter, Liana.

Services will be held at St. Paul United Methodist Church, South Charleston with Rev. Steve White officiating on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 1:00 pm. Burial will be in Floral Hills Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sissonville.  Family and Friends may call prior to the service from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Gideon’s International at P.O. Box 2723, Charleston, WV  25330 or to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd, Charleston, WV  25387

The family would like to express their appreciation for the sincere and loving care given to Joann, by the Hospice team and Visiting Angels Caregivers, Grace and Jennifer.

Memories of Joann may be shared by visiting and selecting the obituary.  Snodgrass Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

13 replies
  1. Alice Baldwin says:

    Thinking of you as you remember Joann’s remarkable life. May you all find comfort in the prayers and love that are surrounding you at this difficult time.
    She was a loving and nurturing person and touched many lives during her earthly time with us.
    Alice Baldwin

  2. Randy Pate says:

    I am so sorry for the Burgess family’s loss. They know that Joann is resting In Heaven! I also lost my second Mother and a very very close friend!! I have multiple HAPPY memories of my special moments with her!
    I know that the Burgess family will make their way through this very hard time, because they are a very STRONG family!
    GOD BLESS the Burgess family!!

  3. Alice McNealy Snead/Teresa McNealy Carrier says:

    We wanted to send our condolences to you Mr. Burgess and your family in the loss of your wife Joann. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Mr. Burgess you was our Principal at Montrose School and we just wanted you to know you all in our prayers. God Bless you all!!!

  4. Danny and Ellen Lilly says:

    Jim and family so sorry for your loss. Joann was such a sweet,beautiful lady. Love and prayers,

  5. Debbie Spurlock Wilson says:

    I worked in Memorial Hospital ER as my first job at 18yrs old….I will never forget Joann. I was shocked at many things I witnessed and she explained and helped me endure….She was an excellent nurse and was so respected by the staff of physicians and other employees….My prayers go out to her husband and children during this difficult time.

  6. Kanawha Co. Retired School Employees says:

    The West Virginia and Kanawha County Associations of Retired School Employees extend their sincere sympathy to you, the family, in your sorrow. Blessings to all.

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Funeral Service

  • Wednesday, February 21
    1:00 PM
  • St. Paul United Methodist Church
  • 4606 Kanawha Turnpike
    South Charleston, WV 25309
  • Directions

Burial Service

  • Following Funeral Service
  • Floral Hills Garden of Memories Cemetery
  • 6839 Sissonville Drive
    Sissonville, WV 25320
  • Directions