Bradford Dalton Burklow, age 91 of Metropolis, Illinois was born on November 21, 1928 the son of Samuel LeRoy and Harriet Adeline (Fox) Burklow in Pope Co., IL and passed away at 11:20 pm on Sunday, December 1, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.
It is with great sadness, yet abundant joy, that we are letting you all know that our daddy, Brad Burklow, has passed away. What an awesome husband to our mother, daddy, pawpaw, great pawpaw, father-in-law, uncle, and friend he has been to so many. We always knew our dad was a kind, generous, helping Christian man, but we have been amazed at the stories people have shared with us during these last two months. He was our rock, our safe place, our fortress and we can’t begin to express how much we will miss him. We are so thankful that he is no longer in pain, he can see and hear and is rejoicing with our Lord. Thank you to all of you who have prayed for and with us during the past few difficult weeks. Daddy, we will see you in glory one day. Until then, we love you and thank you for all you have done for us over the years.
Funeral services will be held at 1 pm on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at Immanuel Baptist Church with Rev. Terry Cathey and Rev. Glenn Coram officiating. Burial will follow in the Metropolis Memorial Gardens.
Brad went to work on October 17, 1954 at Martin Marietta and retired on December 31, 1990 after 36 years of service, was a member of IBEW Local 816, member of Immanuel Baptist Church for over 65 years, where he served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, the treasurer, and in various other positions.
Brad is survived by his wife of over 71 years, Dorothy (Leathers) Burklow; three children, Cheryl (Burklow) Aukerman of Nashville, TN, Marla (Burklow) Helton and husband Mike, and Keith Burklow and wife Chandra (Sundmacker) Burklow all of Metropolis, IL; five grandchildren, Matthew Helton and wife April of Nolensville, TN, Courtney Blaise and husband Aaron , Marcus Helton and wife Heather, Amanda Alston and husband Chris, and Mallory Burklow all of Metropolis, IL; twelve great grandchildren, Xander Burklow, Christopher Alston, Haleigh, Mason, Micah, and Hazel Helton, Ryan, Reese, and Rhett Helton, Parker, Brady, and Isaac Blaise; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.
Brad was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel LeRoy and Harriet Adeline (Fox) Burklow; sisters, Mary Broadway, Kathlean Ramsey, Margaret Reynolds, and Naomi Bowman; brother, Roy Waldo “Buck” Burklow.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday evening December 3, 2019 from 6 pm to 8 pm at Aikins-Farmer-Loftus-McManus Funeral Home and also on Wednesday from 9 am until the funeral hour at Immanuel Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made in Brad’s name to Immanuel Baptist Church, Sound System Replacement Fund, 1119 Market Street, Metropolis, IL 62960, Carmi Baptist Children’s Home, 949 County Road 1300 N, Carmi, IL 62821, or Mercy Health Hospice, 1530 Lone Oak Road, Paducah, KY 42003
Pallbearers will be Keith Burklow, Mike Helton, Matthew Helton, Marcus Helton, Aaron Blaise, Bob Mizell, and Ross Broadway.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Courtney Blaise, Mallory Burklow, Amanda Alston, Xander Burklow, April Helton, and Heather Helton.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Aikins-Farmer-Loftus-McManus Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at www.aikinsfarmer-millerfh.com
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