Joseph William “Joe” Burgess, 69, had a heart for the Lord

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Joseph William "Joe" Burgess
Joseph William “Joe” Burgess

Joseph William “Joe” Burgess, 69, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, in Virginia Beach, surrounded by his loving family.

Joe was born in North Carolina to the late George and Billie Burgess. He went on to serve in the U.S. Navy for over 20 years. During his tenure with the military, Joe met and married the love of his life, Vivian.

Joe was a man who loved and had a heart for the Lord. He was also a fan of the North Carolina Tarheels and the Washington Redskins.

In addition to his loving wife, Vivian, Joe’s memory will be cherished by his three adoring children, Samuel Christopher Hardy, Christopher Lee Burgess (Kent) and Alicia Dawn Ice (Bobby); four grandchildren, Sarah Grace, Robert Daniel, Alexis Ann, Christian Hunter; and a host of family and friends.

A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at Gateway Free Will Baptist Church, 5473 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach. Burial will immediately follow in Rosewood Cemetery, 631 N. Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach.