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Garry Lynn Burke

August 20, 1946 ~ September 29, 2020 (age 74)


Garry Lynn Burke, of Liberty, passed away on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at his residence. He was 74.

Born on August 20, 1946, in Pineville, Kentucky, he was a son of the late Garrett and Florence Collett Burke. Gary was the owner and operator of his company, Tumbleweed Transportation, of which he trucked an estimated five million miles over a period of forty-five plus years. He was the former owner of Burke’s Drywall before turning it over to his son. He also built and formerly owned Crockett Trail General Store. Garry was a part owner and member of Friends of Faith Church in Liberty. He enjoyed elk hunting out west with his friends every single year since 1969. Garry is the pivotal reason that many residents in Casey County enjoy elk hunting out west, to this day. He was an honest man that was always known for being true to his word. He had countless friends all over the United States which was a testament to the life he lived.

He is survived by his loving wife, Missy Phelps Burke, who he wed on January 1, 1999; two daughters, Kelly (Matt) Hicks and Samantha (Chris) McQueary, both of Liberty; a son, Brandon Poff of Dunnville; a daughter-in-law, Glenna Burke; and six grandchildren, Nataushia, Cole, Shelby, Luke, Rody, and Skylar. Other survivors include a sister, Kathy Burke; a brother, Billy Burke; and his beloved dog and best friend, Polly.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Gary Burke, Jr.; his first wife and the mother of his children, Phyllis Burke; a grandson, Riggin Hicks; and three brothers, Bobby Burke, Chester Burke, and David Burke.

The funeral service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, October 2, 2020, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with Bro. Sherman Floyd officiating. Burial will follow in Green River Valley Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 1, 2020, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. Please enter through the front doors (Campbellsville Street side) of the funeral home when you arrive for visitation. Social distancing guidelines must be followed by everyone in attendance. Facial coverings ARE required. 

Pallbearers will be Wes “Peterbilt” Ooten, Danny Miller, Eric Miller, Larry Helm, Bryan Clements, and Mike Clements. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Howard, Johnny Beard, Phillip Sparr, Danny Burton, Chris McQueary, Matt Hicks, Brandon Poff, and Cole Burke.

Arrangements for Mr. Garry Lynn Burke are entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at

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October 1, 2020

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
McKinney-Brown Funeral Home & Monuments
752 Campbellsville Street Post Office Box 188
Liberty, KY 42539

Funeral Service
October 2, 2020

1:00 PM
McKinney-Brown Funeral Home & Monuments
752 Campbellsville Street Post Office Box 188
Liberty, KY 42539

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