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Sidney Thomas Burcham, 77, of Lynchburg, died Saturday, July 10, 2021. He was the loving husband of Rubie Shrewsbury Burcham for 55 years.

Born on November 19, 1943, in Mullens, West Virginia, he was a son of the late Sidney H. Burcham, Jr. and the late Helen Rutherford Burcham. He grew up the second of four siblings. He was active in his school, as a drummer in band and his community as a volunteer fireman and Eagle Scout.

He moved onto graduate from Auto Diesel College as a welder before joining the US Army where he achieved the rank of Specialist 5. After the army he followed his sweetheart to Lynchburg, Virginia and persuaded her to marry him, with whom he raised two daughters.

This multifaceted man ran Burcham Bookkeeping while working at BWX. He was a volunteer fireman in the Brookville Timberlake Department, got his CDL license so he could help a friend who needed truck drivers and was a Mason and a member of the Mackey Masonic Lodge No. 69. He served as Worshipful Master, and after which serving as Treasurer, brother Sidney assumed the duty of sending the windows of our deceased brethren, Christmas Cards each year. He was a faithful and dedicated member.

He loved to take road trips including to Yellow Stone National Park, Niagara Falls, and the Grand Canyon. Not to mention the 50 odd trips he made to Disney World.

He has moved on to his next trip and though much missed is always with us.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two daughters, Elizabeth B. Vaughn, her husband Steven, and Laura Burcham and by one granddaughter, Sarah Vaughn.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 18, 2021, at Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg. A graveside service will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 19, 2021, in Fort Hill Memorial Park where the Masonic Lodge No. 69 will present Masonic Rites and the American Legion will present Military Honors. Right Worshipful, Howard Mason will be officiating.

In Lieu of flowers please make contributions to the American Diabetes Association or the Shriners Hospitals for Children. 

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

View Sidney’s Tribute Video Here

 

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Posted by:
Barbara Folden

Posted on:
July 19, 2021

Rubie, so sorry for your loss, may God lead you and your daughters during this sad time. Sounds like you all had a good life together, which will make precious memories. Your friend from Class of 1963

Posted by:
Alfred Lester

Posted on:
July 18, 2021

I express my condolences to his family, I worked with Sydney many years ago at B&W he was a good co-worker, sorry to hear of his passing. May you find peace in knowing God is in charge.

Posted by:
Linda McDougal

Posted on:
July 18, 2021

Dear Rubie, my heart goes out to you. We loved the visits we had when you came to Disney World and other visits the my cousin Sid would just come down for a short visit. Sid was a wonderful nephew to his Aunt Hazel and Uncle Pete. I will always remember how he was always helping neighbors. His eyes always lit up when he talked about his granddaughter Sarah. Cuz Sid you will be missed but never forgotten. Rubie you are loved and prayers for you. Love Linda

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Linda McDougal

Posted on:
July 18, 2021

Dear Rubie, my heart goes out to you. We loved the visits we had when you came to Disney World and other visits the my cousin Sid would just come down for a short visit. Sid was a wonderful nephew to his Aunt Hazel and Uncle Pete. I will always remember how he was always helping neighbors. His eyes always lit up when he talked about his granddaughter Sarah. Cuz Sid you will be missed but never forgotten. Rubie you are loved and prayers for you. Love Linda

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Martha Adams

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July 17, 2021

I feel blessed to have met Sidney at Dr Savage office. Always enjoyed our talks,and helping him with his dental needs. He was a kind man,always talking about the love he had for his family and how proud he was. Glad he made it to Disney World. That was our last conversation and how excited he was to he going . One thing, sidney loved to talk, always making me laugh Fly high angel

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Martha Adams

Posted on:
July 17, 2021

I feel blessed to have met Sidney at Dr Savage office. Always enjoyed our talks,and helping him with his dental needs. He was a kind man,always talking about the love he had for his family and how proud he was. Glad he made it to Disney World. That was our last conversation and how excited he was to he going . One thing, sidney loved to talk, always making me laugh Fly high angel

Posted by:
Lana Cox Shrader

Posted on:
July 17, 2021

Dear Rubie and family: We are so very sorry to learn of Sidney’s passing! Sounds like he had an interesting and very fulfilling life with you, your daughters, his church and other interests! I know he will be greatly missed not only by you, his family, but many others as well! We pray that God will comfort your hearts and give you peace. God bless you, Rubie! Love you - your 1963 Classmate - Lana Cox Shrader

Posted by:
Wallace & Scottie Nuckols

Posted on:
July 17, 2021

We are so sorry about Sidney’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by:
Diana Platt

Posted on:
July 16, 2021

I was so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. I know this is a very sad and difficult time for you and your family. You have my very deepest sympathy. Please know that you now have a very special "angel" in heaven, watching over you all. With all my thoughts and prayers, Diana Platt

 

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