An avid hiker, Richard was a trail maintainer. He was always curious to know if there were any “blow downs” — trees across the trail. He would don a special backpack with his chain saw and hike in to cut up the blow down and clear the trail.
Richard was an active volunteer at the Exchange Place, preparing activities for Farmfest and helping maintain the land and buildings.
Too tall for military service, he loved the two days he spent with his son and the crew of the submarine USS Portsmouth under way off the California coast. He was proud to be a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.
Richard will be fondly remembered for his avid support of Duke University basketball and Dalmatian dogs. His favorite Dalmatian over the years was his beloved Duke.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Suzanne; sons Craig and David; and grandsons Nathan and Jackson.
Visitation services will be from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Kingsport. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Friday at Preston Hills Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow in East Lawn Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Terry Plemons, PGC, James Hafner, PGC, Von Lewis, PGC, Don Clayman, PGC, Bill Trivet, PGC, Randy Carrier, PGC, Glenn Beck, PGC and Chuck Thames, REGC. Honorary pallbearers will be E. LeRoy Doty, PGC and L. Bruce Austin, PGM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Boy Scouts of America, 129 Boone Ridge Drive, Johnson City, TN 37615, Cryptic Mason Medical Research, P.O. Box 1489, Nashville, IN 47448-1489, or to Preston Hill Presbyterian Church, 4701 Orebank Rd., Kingsport, TN 37664.
Please visit www.hamlettdobson.com to leave an online condolence for the family. Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport, is serving the family of Richard W. Burow.