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Colonel James Miles Burdette Jr.

Colonel (retired) James Miles Burdette Jr. (Jim), age 90, passed away peacefully Thursday, October 5, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.

Colonel Burdette was born in Atlanta, Georgia on August 31, 1927, son of the late James Miles Burdette Sr. and the late Addie Layton Burdette. He was a graduate of Calhoun High School and received his business degree from North Georgia College in 1945, where he met his wife Sara Alice Motes Burdette. He also attended the University of Southern Illinois Graduate School. During his Air Force service, he attended the following schools: Air Tactical School, Air Command Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He retired in 1971 after serving honorably in the Air Force for 26 years.

Upon moving to Rome after retirement, he worked at Berry College in several positions including Director of the Student Work Program. After retiring from Berry College, he opened a real estate firm for several years. When finally settling in to retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his hobby of antique cars and his black lab, Sam. He considered his greatest achievement in life to be his family, whom he loved beyond description. He and the love of his life, Sara, shared 69 years of marriage.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Virginia Brogden, Margaret Holland, Joanne Burdette and Bill Burdette. He also suffered the greatest loss of his life with the death of his son, James Miles Burdette III, in 2015.

He is survived by his wife, Sara Motes Burdette; his son, John Burdette, and his wife, Teri, of Powder Springs, Georgia; his daughter, Jennifer Heller, and her husband, Dennis, of Rome, Georgia; his late son Jimmy's wife, Debbie Burdette, of Lawrenceville, Georgia; a sister, Carolyn Clements, of Atlanta, Georgia; his precious grandchildren, Jeff Burdette, Laura Burdette Holland, and her husband, Craig, David Heller and Maclayne Heller. He enjoyed this last year spoiling and bragging about his one-year-old great-grandson, Lucas Holland.

Funeral services will be held onMonday, October 9, 2017, at 1:00 the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Larry Caywood officiating. Visitation will precede the funeral fromnoon–1:00 the sanctuary. Interment will follow the service at Floyd Memory Gardens with full military honors from Dobbins Air Force Base.

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Daniel’s Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.