P.O. Box 506, 943 Highway 425 North, Monticello, AR71655

Shirley Bernice McKinstry Burks
October 18, 1929 - November 3, 2022

Shirley Bernice McKinstry Burks

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Shirley Bernice McKinstry Burks, age 93, of Wilmar, died November 3, 2022, at her home. She was born October 18, 1929, in Drew County, AR to the late Bernice Wright and Dorothy Daniel McKinstry.

She was a graduate of Wilmar High School and attended Arkansas A&M College before completing courses at Draughon School of Business in Little Rock. She worked at both Commercial and Union Banks, as well as doing the payroll and bookkeeping for the family logging and cattle operations. In later years, she volunteered with the Drew Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She was a lifelong member of Wilmar United Methodist Church and served on the board of the Wilmar Cemetery Association.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband of more than 50 years, James H. Burks; two brothers, Dan McKinstry and Hardy McKinstry; and a daughter-in-law, Fran Burks.

Survivors include a son, J.R. Burks of Warren; a daughter, Beverly Burks of Wilmar; two granddaughters, Shelley Lewis of Hot Springs and Rachel Seach and husband Jay of Wilmar; three great-granddaughters, Sadie Nordeck and husband Ken and Anna Lewis both of North Little Rock, and Ella Seach of Wilmar; and three great-great-grandchildren, Andi, Archer and Payton Nordeck all of North Little Rock.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 6, 2022, at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ab Pevey officiating. Burial will be in Wilmar Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Monticello Senior Citizens Meal Program, 203 Henley Drive, Monticello, AR 71655; the Drew Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, ℅ Barbara Brown, P.O. Box 764, Monticello, AR 71657; or the Wilmar Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 132, Wilmar, AR 71675. You can sign Mrs. Shirley's guestbook page at www.stephensondearman.com.

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Saturday, November 5, 2022
from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home
943 Highway 425 North
Monticello, AR  71655
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Funeral Service
Sunday, November 6, 2022
at 2:00 p.m.
Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home
943 Highway 425 North
Monticello, AR  71657
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Wilmar Cemetery
12th St.
Wilmar, AR  71675
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Memorial Contributions
Monticello Senior Citizens Meal Program
203 Henley Drive
Monticello, AR  71655

Drew Memorial Hospital Auxiliary
% Barbara Brown, PO Box 764
Monticello, AR  71657


  1. Monticello senior center
    What a wonderful lady we are so sorry to hear about Mrs. Shirley she made such a lasting impression on us she was so easy to get close to we will miss her dearly.
  2. Susan McClain Musick
    Beverly, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Cousin Shirley lived a long life but it is never easy to lose a Mom.
  3. Dorothy Glover
    Sorry for your loss. Will always remember her
  4. Carole (Johns) Rushing
    My sincere sympathy to the entire family. We were neighbors of Shirley's and James' several years. I don't remember ever seeing Shirley without a smile. She will be greatly missed.
    Carole (Johns) Rushing
  5. Lisa Roark Schmidt
    Beverly my heart goes out to you and your family in the loss of your Mom. I have so many special memories of coming to your house. She was such a sweet lady and a good friend to my Mom. May the Lied comfort and keep you now and I. The days to come. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
  6. Janice Wiggam
    Beverly, I am so sorry to read about you dear mother. May God give you peace and comfort. Much love, Janice
  7. Donna Usry
    J. R., Beverly and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Shirley was such a sweet lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
  8. Becky Abbott
    Dear Rachel and Family,

    We are sorry to hear of the passing of
    your Grandmother. Please know you are
    In our thoughts and prayers.
    Becky and Marsie.
  9. Bea Tucker
    Beverly and family,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. May God give each of you comfort and strength now and, in the days, ahead as you adjust without your loved one. Prayers for each of you.
  10. Elgenia and Jim Ros
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all the Burks Family.

    Kim, Molly, Elgenia and Jim Ross
  11. Dianne Lloyd
    Beverly, I!m so sorry to hear about your loss of your mom. I remember her from school pick up, many years ago, My thoughts and prayers.
  12. Irma Lasiter James
    To family…. Very sweet lady. Remember her being so kind to me as a youngster. My thoughts and prayers with all of you.
  13. Cliff & Lisa Gibson
    So many good memories of both Shirley and James. Our condolences to Beverly and family.

    Cliff & Lisa Gibson
  14. Mary Lasiter
    Deepest sympathy to all of the family. Shirley will be missed.
  15. Kedran Handly

    We will surely miss you in the coming days, all your pretty outfits, shoes and "handbags", We love you and will miss you but you left a lot of good memories for all of us.
  16. Beth Davis
    I'm so sorry to hear about Ms. Shirley. My thoughts and prayers for each of you.

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