Burgess, William John (September 24, 1890 - October 18, 1937)
Sudden Death Comes To William J.
Burgess Heart Attack Is Fatal to County Treasurer WAS LONG RESIDENT HERE Was Prominent in Business Affairs and For Seven Years Was in Public Office
Douglas Budget - October 21, 1937William J. Burgess, aged 47 years, died suddenly at his home here early Monday morning. His death came as a shock to his friends, as it was not known that he was ill. He had not been feeling well, suffering with a sore throat, but there was no thought that his condition was serious. A severe coughing spell is supposed to have brought on a heart attack and the end came quickly.
William John Burgess had been a resident of Douglas for the last 28 years. He was born at Saphire, N.C., September 24, 1890, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.W. Burgess. He was educated in the schools of his home town and graduated from Mars Hill Seminary College at Mars Hill, N.C. Coming to Douglas he engaged in different pursuits, being for many years with the Douglas Mercantile Company and for a time was manager of that store. He later was in business for himself.
His first public office was that of county assessor, serving a two-year term. He failed for re-election and then for two years was deputy county clerk. In 1934 he was elected county treasurer and was re-elected last fall. Courteous and accommodating, he was a popular county official.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Beulah Burgess; a son, William, Jr., and a daughter, Beth, by a former marriage; his mother, whose home is at Salem, S.C.; three brothers, Ben of Golden, Colo., and Ruglas and Chester of Salem, S.C.; two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Lanning and Mrs. Mabel Bryson of Snohomish, Wash. Present at the funeral from out of town were; William from Denver, Mrs. R.W. Burgess, the mother, and Mr. and Mrs. Ben Burgess of Golden.
Funeral services were held at the Masonic Temple Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, under the auspices of Ashlar Lodge, of which he was a member. Rev. H.C. Crisman was the officiating minister. The Temple was filled with the many friends who came to pay their last respects.
The pallbearers were J.D. LeBar, Cash Wadsworth, Lyle Cornell, Ed George, J.S. Ward and John Poulson. Burial was in Douglas cemetery.