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06/28/20 - NNHS Newsletter - Eric Burden

Eric Earl Burden
(d. 22 June 2020)

Huntington High School / Newport News High School Class of 1966

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We have still more sad news today.    Eric Burden, Class of 1966, outstanding player on the Football Team, passed away in Alexandria on Monday, June 22, 2020 at the age of 71. 

    He was the brother of Ivy Burden-Pope of FL, and of the late Ike Burden (Huntington HS - '64) (02 Apr 1946 - 19 Mar 2012) and Larry Burden ('68(d. 14 Aug 2010).

    Eric holds the distinction of being the first black student ever to attend Newport News High School in the fall of 1964.,0,5345343.story

From Deborah Cheek Jackson ('70) of IL - 06/25/20, 8:57 PM - "    Eric Burden":

Eric Burden passed away... He was in the class of 1966. No arrangements have been made yet. Will let you know when I get more information.

Deborah Faye Cheek (Jackson) Class of 1970

   Oh, Deborah!
I'm so sorry to learn this! Eric was the pioneer. As I was a year ahead of him, we didn't share any classes, but we always spoke as we passed each other in the hall...Thank you for letting me know. Stay well!

From the Daily Press - 06/28/20:

    Eric E. Burden


    ALEXANDRIA - Eric E. Burden formerly of Newport News, Va., departed this life June 22, 2020.

He leaves to cherish his memories, three sons Keven, Deven and Cameron Burden; a daughter Joi Crittendon; a sister Ivy Burden-Pope, a special friend, Mary Thomas; grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A viewing will be held 5-7 P. M. Monday, June 29, 2020 at Berceuse Funeral and Cremation Traditions 2609 Cunningham Dr. Hampton, Va. 23666.

A private service will be held on June 30, 2020.

Please keep the Burden Family in Your Prayers.

Professional services by Poole's Funeral Home, 757-357-4742.
Eric Burden

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Published in the Daily Press on June 28
, 2020.
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June 27, 2020 

Rest in Heavenly peace, Eric. May God bring comfort and peace to the family in this time of sorrow.

~ Joseph Dunn

June 27, 2020 

Deepest sympathy. Eric blazed the path bravely at Newport News High. He is fondly remembered by many. May you have peace in knowing you will see him again.

~ John and Cheryl Mays Howard

June 27, 2020  

Eric was a true gentleman...always smiling, happy and thoughtful...his family is in my prayers, and please know he will always carry a special place in our hearts. So thankful to have shared ideas and other communication with him on social media..

June 27, 2020 

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. You always gave me great advice. I always looked up to you.

~ Claude Purdy

June 28, 2020   

Eric was the first and only African American who integrated
Newport News High School, and he was an All Star Athlete who put Newport News High School on the map not just because of his athletic abilities, but his Kindness and his Caring, and his Wisdom and his Willingness to help anybody and everybody who were his Classmates in any way that he could. His brother Larry followed him into Newport News High School and both men were men of exceptional Character and made a difference in my life and the life of so many others. May Eric's Memory Always Be For A Blessing and may we do Acts Of Loving Kindness in his Memory!

June 28, 2020     

The Burdens lived on Kentucky Avenue many years ago. They lived in the house next the Sparks. I remember seeing Eric a while back when he visited Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Arlington, Va. I extend my sincere condolences to the Burden family. I pray that God will comfort and give you the strength that you need at this time and as you go forward with your lives. Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can not heal.


June 28, 2020   

Harry and I dearly loved Jimmy, he was the sweetest and kindest man we've ever known. You are all in our prayers. - See more at:

Eric blazed the trail for many of us who attended Newport News High School. Always a gentleman. Always calm and cool. I am blessed we were able to connect in our later years. His love of writing and his concern for future generations was always on display. You will be missed.

To the Burden family, his footprints will forever be etched as a part of our history at Newport News High School. My caring thoughts will be with you during this difficult time.


June 28, 2020   

Dear Burden Family,
Heartfelt condolences are being sent to you all during the loss of Eric. Eric and I were Classmates. Huntington High School Vikings, Class of 1966.
Keep his precious, loving memories in your hearts and Eric will live there forever. God Bless!
Linda Beckett Spencer,
Mighty Vikings Class of 1966

~ Linda Beckett Spencer

June 28, 2020   

I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping the Burden family in my prayers. I hope your memories give you all comfort during this time.

Former classmate of Keven and Deven

~ Stephanie Fee

June 29, 2020   

Praying for the family.

From Thomas Scott, son of neighbor, Willie Piney Scott, on 31st Street.

~ Julien Thomas Scott, Sr.

June 29, 2020   

So sorry to hear about your loss. You know that God and Jesus are in the best position to comfort us when we lose a loved one in death.

June 29, 2020   

Eric was one of my older first cousins. What I remember most about him from when I was a child was that he would act like a monster and chase me and Lolo around the house. I don't know about Lolo, but I actually felt scared. In later years Eric and I talked more frequently and he would not hang up without telling me that he loved me. Now instead of thinking mostly of how he scared me, I think of how he loved me. Sending prayers for the family.

July 02, 2020   

I loved Eric and Larry Burden, and they loved me.
Typhoon team mates forever.

July 03, 2020   


   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Eric's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

   This information is also posted here:


  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done

Text: Anonymous Latin; translated by Francis Pott (1832-1909)
Music: Giovanni P. da Palestrina; arranged by W.H. Monk (1823-1889)
Tune: VICTORY, Meter: 888 with Alleluias

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The strife is o'er, the battle done,
the victory of life is won;
the song of triumph has begun.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The powers of death have done their worst,
but Christ their legions hath dispersed:
let shout of holy joy outburst.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The three sad days are quickly sped,
he rises glorious from the dead:
all glory to our risen Head!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
He closed the yawning gates of hell,
the bars from heaven's high portals fell;
let hymns of praise his triumphs tell!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Lord! by the stripes which wounded thee,
from death's dread sting thy servants free,
that we may live and sing to thee.

"The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done" midi (extracted with the kind assistance of my son, Nathaniel Harty of IL)
and lyrics courtesy of - 10/26/10
Thanks, Nathaniel!

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 01/27/05

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03 

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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