James Orwin Burdine

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 Editor.
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.
Mr. Burdine 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.
Southern Oaks Funeral Home Entrusted with the arrangements.