George W. Burroughs

Cumberland Presbyterian Minister

Presbyterian (U.S.A.) Minister 1945-1950

1890 - 1950

                         

 

Church Leader, Professor Dies

Funeral services for Dr. George W. Burroughs, 60, pastor of the Cleveland Street Presbyterian church, who died yesterday morning, will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the church.

Officiating will be Dr. Howard I. Kerr, Dr. E. M. Bryant and the Rev. W. Wood Duff. Additional services will be held tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the McKenzie, Tenn., First Presbyterian church. Dr. L. L. Thomas will officiate there, and burial will be in a McKenzie cemetery. The body is at Bracey-Welsh Funeral home.

Dr. Burroughs died in Vanderbilt hospital after an illness of several months.

Active pallbearers will be Dr. Burrough's nephews, Ewing Burroughs of Chattanooga, the Rev. H. Cortley Burroughs of Pana, Ill., the Rev. Raymond [sic] Burroughs of McKenzie, the Rev. Amos Burroughs of Tullahoma, the Rev. William Burroughs of Camden, and Chester Burroughs of Meridian, Miss.

Honorary pallbearers will be the faculty of the Vanderbilt university school of religion, in which Dr. Burroughs was professor of practical theology from 1930 until 1946; members of the Nashville Presbytery of the Presbyterian church, USA, sessions and church officers of the Cleveland Street church; Dr. John Phillips, Dr. Prentice Pugh, Dr. Comer Sadler, Dr. Beverly Douglas, Dr. Eugene Regen, Dr. Harrison J. Shull, Dr. Hugh Morgan, the Rev. A. D. Rudolph, the Rev. John T. Younger, Dr. Homer Grice, John Greener, W. H. Smith, L. M. Taylor, and S. Louis Miller.

Born in Mississippi
Dr. Burroughs was born in Winston county, Mississippi, son of J. C. and Lucretia Bayne Burroughs. He received his A.B. and doctor of divinity degreese from Bethel College, his B.D. and M.A. degrees from Vanderbilt.

His first pastorate was in Milan, Tenn., in 1914. He has since served churches in Nashville, Martin, Shiloh, Dresden, Chattanooga, and McKenzie, Tenn., and Greenville, Ky.

Other churches in Nashville he had served as pastor are the Addison Avenue Cumberland Presbyterian church and the Arrington Street Cumberland Presbyterian church.

Church Moderator
Dr. Burroughs, who lived at 2207 Highland ave., was moderator of the Cumberland Presbyterian church in 1949.

Other states in which he had preached or taught are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.

He is survived by his widow, the former Miss Opal M. Pratt of McKenize, whom he married in 1915; three sons, Thomas Pratt Burroughs and Judson Bayne Burroughs, both of Nashville, and the Rev. George W. Burroughs Jr., pastor of Westminster Presbyterian church in Utica, N.Y.; and three brothers, Ellery Burroughs of Union, Miss., Arthur Burroughs of Lumberton, Miss., and the Rev. H. J. Burroughs of Jasper, Tenn.
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Former McKenzie Pastor Dies In Nashville

Dr. George W. Burroughs, pastor of Nashville's Cleveland Street Presbyterian Church, died at a hospital in Nashville Wednesday. He was 60.

An active minister since 1914, Dr. Burroughs had held pastorates at Milan, Martin, Shiloh, Dresden, Chattanooga and McKenzie.

Services will be held at the church at 10 a.m. Friday, and the body will be taken to McKenzie, where a second service is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

The services at McKenzie will be held at the U.S.A. Presbyterian Church, with Dr. Leonard L. Thomas, former president of Bethel College, now of Longview, Texas, officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Dr. Burroughs was graduated from Bethel College in 1914 and was married at McKenzie in 1915.

He leaves his wife, Mrs. Opal Pratt Burroughs; three sons, the Rev. G. W. Burroughs, Jr. of Utica, N.Y., Pratt Burroughs and Baine Burroughs of Nashville, and three brothers, the Rev. H. J. Burroughs of Jasper, Tenn., and Ellery Burroughs and Arthur Burroughs of Mississippi.
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George Burroughs Claimed by Death

Dr. George W. Burroughs, 60, died at the Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, December 6, following an illness of several months.

The funeral services were held at the Cleveland Street Presbyterian church of which he was pastor, with Dr. Howard I. Kerr, Dr. E. M. Bryant, and Rev. W. Wood Duff officiating. An additional service was held at the First Presbyterian church, McKenzie, Tenn., with Dr. L. L. Thomas officiating, and burial was in the McKenzie cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Dr. Burrough's nephews: Ewing Burroughs of Chattanooga, Rev. Cortley H. Burroughs of Pana, Ill., Rev. Raymon Burroughs of McKenzie, Rev. Amos Burroughs of Tullahoma, Rev. William Burroughs of Camden, and Chester Burroughs of Meridian, Miss. Honorary pallbearers were faculty members of Vanderbilt University School of Religion, in which Dr. Burroughs was professor from 1930 to 1946, and other ministers including Dr. A. D. Rudolph.

Born in Mississippi, Dr. Burroughs received his A.B. degree from Bethel College in 1914, his B.D. and M.A. degrees from Vanderbilt University; the Doctor of Divinity degree was conferred on him by Bethel College in 1941.

He was married to the former Miss Opal M. Pratt of McKenzie in 1915. She and three sons survive: Thomas Pratt Burroughs and Judson Bayne Burroughs, both of Nashville, and Rev. George W. Burroughs, Jr., pastor of the Westminster Presbyterian church, Utica, New York; in addition, he is survived by three brothers, Ellery Burroughs of Union, Miss., Arthur Burroughs of Lumberton, Miss., and Rev. H. J. Burroughs of Jasper, Tenn.

An outstanding leader in the dedomination for many years, Dr. Burroughs had held pastorates at Milan, Martin, Shiloh, Dresden, and McKenzie, all in Tenn., and in Greenville, Ky. He had also served the Addison Avenue and the Arrington Street churches in Nashville.

He served as dean of the Seminary at Bethel College from 1923 to 1926. In 1942 he was elected moderator of the General Assembly. He transferred his membership to the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. in 1945.
[Source: The Cumberland Presbyterian, December 19, 1950, page 4]


Ministerial Necrology

Name: George W. Burroughs
Occupation: Pastor
Presbytery: Nashville
Place of Death: Nashville, Tenn.
Date of Death: Dec. 6, 1950
Age: 60
[Source: Minutes of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, 1951, page 914]


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