Mervin R. Burroughs


 Reverend Mervin R. Burroughs, 81, of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at Oakview Heights Continuous Care surrounded by family.
He was born on Sunday, December 11, 1932, in Mill Shoals, Illinois, the son of Arthur and Cumae (Tate) Burroughs. Mervin served his country during the Korean Conflict in the U.S. Army Signal Corp. On September 30, 1950, Mervin married Margaret Ann Knight in Wayne County, Illinois. He farmed in White County until 1966. He then went to Oakland City College graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree.
In 1971, Mervin and the family moved to Mt. Carmel to begin his duties as administrator at the day care for First Christian Church Disciples of Christ. Mervin pastored thirty five years beginning at the Concord General Baptist Church in White County, Illinois; the Mt. Tabor General Baptist Church in Francisco, Indiana; the First General Baptist Church in Mt. Carmel, Illinois; the Wabash Presbyterian Church in Orio, Illinois; the Allendale United Methodist Church and the St. Francisville Methodist Church. He was a meticulous carpenter, loved playing tennis, had a passion for photography, and played a mean harmonica.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Margaret; two daughters, Vicki (David) Litherland and Teresa (Tom) Beuligmann, both of Mt. Carmel; two grandchildren, Nathan (Elizabeth) Litherland and Andrea (James) Leadingham; four great-grandchildren, Ava and Eli Litherland and Lillian and Andrew Leadingham; a sister, Barbara (Dean) Baker of Carmi, Illinois; and a brother, Don (Donna) Burroughs of Edwardsville, Illinois.
Preceding him in death were his parents.
Visitation for Mervin will be Friday, June 20, 2014, from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Short Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 21, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Short Funeral Home with burial at Highland Memorial Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to the Wabash General Hospital Foundation in Mervin’s memory.
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