James Orwin Burdine (78) retired newspaper
publisher and journalist died the morning of May 2, 2013 at
Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. Mr. Burdine was a
graduate of the University of Kentucky in 1956. He was the son
of the late James Cloady and Olga Decker Burdine. He started
his newspaper career as a reporter and staff writer of the
Lexington Herald Leader. Mr. Burdine later became Managing
Editor of the Georgetown News and Times.
Mr. Burdine was
in the U.S. Army ROTC while at University of Kentucky, served
in the Army Reserves and was called to “active duty” as part
of the 308th Military Police (MP) Battalion of the 100th
(Training) Division during the Berlin Crisis in 1961. As part
of 1,500 soldiers from the 100th that were activated and were
sent to Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, to rebuild and fix the old
Army base and successfully train some 32,000 soldiers that
were eventually sent to Vietnam.
After the Army, Mr.
Burdine returned to Somerset where he became Managing Editor
of the Somerset Journal. Mr. Burdine was instrumental in
aiding the newspaper converting the Journal and Commonwealth
into a daily newspaper. He became the daily’s first News
Mr. Burdine left the
Commonwealth-Journal and spent three years as the
Communication Instructor at the Somerset Community College.
Mr. Burdine left the college in 1973
and cofounded Cardinal Printing Company and The Observer
Newspaper with his spouse, Donna Sue “Broyles” Burdine. He
published the newspaper with his wife for several years before
selling the business.
was a charter member of Beacon Hill Baptist Church and he
taught an adult Sunday School Class for several years.
Mr. Burdine is survived by his wife of
56 years, Donna Sue “Broyles” Burdine, a son Richard Lee
Burdine and Cathy of Niceville, Florida and a daughter-in-law
Jana Gastineau, Somerset. Five grandchildren, Heather Nicole
Kidd, Lexington and Brittany Marie Burdine, Somerset; Ashley
Crawford Smith, Tampa, Florida, William Grant Burdine,
Norfolk, Virginia, and Anna Catherine Burdine, Niceville,
Florida. Two great grandchildren, Emma Caroline Murph and
Laura Grace Smith of Tampa, Florida. A son, James Timothy
Burdine preceded him in death in 1991.
Other survivors are
two brothers, Charles “Kip” O. Burdine, David C. Burdine;
three sisters, Bethel G. Burdine, Geraldine “Dean” Mize, and
Aundra “Sis” Whitaker, all of Somerset. A sister, Gathlyn
“Toots” Eldridge preceded him in death.
Visitation for Mr. Burdine will be Sunday May 5, 2013 in the
Chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home from 2-5 P.M. Funeral
services will be Monday May 6, 2013 in the Chapel of Southern
Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. Clarence Floyd officiating.
Interment will follow at the Lakeside Memorial Gardens. Full
military honors will be conducted by the American Legion Post
38 Honor Guard.
Funeral Home Entrusted with the arrangements.