Aaron Burks Sr. age 52 formerly of 2406 State Highway # 80, was called home to
the Lord from the Cleveland Clinic, on Monday, October 1, 2001 with his devoted
wife, Karen and daughter Jana at his side after a courageous battle with end
stage heart and kidney disease.
He was born on April 2, 1949 in Belglade, FL to John Will and
Lois Iona Boykins Burks. When he was two weeks old the family moved to
Jordanville, NY. John remained a lifelong resident of Herkimer County. He
attended the VanHornesville School and graduated from Herkimer High School in
John embraced the entrepreneurial spirit of the American
dream and spent most of his life self employed, starting many businesses: J.A.
Burks Packing Company, Burks' Associates, JKA Sales, Inc., AJK International,
Inc., Burks' Sportswear, UIC International, Inc., United Credit Association,
Inc., Arab-American Business Funding Corp., International Proposal Services,
Inc., Aaron Consulting, Burks' Firewood, Coordinated Properties Inc., National
Legal Research and Document Center, Delta Partner Properties, Inc., Independent
Research Associates, Inc. and Equity Press Inc.
Next to his family, however, the law was his passion and he
spent twenty years as an independent paralegal, first starting with the National
Legal Research and Document Center and then the Independent Research Associates.
John received his law degree from the Southland University. He sat for and
passed the Professional Responsibility portion of the New York State Bar Exam in
November 2000. Hospitalizations precluded him from sitting for the remainder of
the New York State Bar Exam first in February 2001 and then in July 2001, as he
Always remaining hopeful and optimistic about the future, on
August 17, 2001, John married his best friend and love, the former Karen Kasold
in the Heart Transplant Unit at Albany Medical Center, where he was awaiting
heart and kidney transplants.
John is survived by his devoted wife, Karen and daughter,
Jana; seven children from his previous marriage to Grace Merrick:, Dr. April
Burks of Schenectady, Kim Burks of Rochester, John Burks Jr. of Tampa, FL
Reginal Burks and his wife Christine of Germany, Faith Burks of Virginia
Beach,VA, and Victoria Burks of VanHornesville; two step-children: Billy Cartier
of Buffalo and Erica Cartier of Hadley, five grandchildren: James Washington of
VanHornesville, Lanaie and Lanair of Rochester, Devon Burks of Germany and
Raekwon Willis Burks of Herkimer and his mother-in-law Janet Kasold of
He is furthered survived by his sister and Brother-in-law
Iona and Johnny Jenkins of Somerset, NJ, sister Earledean Burks of Cleveland,
OH, sister and brother-in-law Maureen and Robert Coles of Bronx, brother and
sister-in-law Jerome and Pat Burks of Rochester, sister Mary Hales of Buffalo,
brother and sister-in-law Evon and Teresa Burks of Frederick, MD, brother and
Sister-in-law Delmonte and Philman Burks of Alvarado, TX, brother and
sister-in-law Freeman and Blandine Burks of Rochester, brother and sister-in-law
Eral and Diane Burks of Cleveland Heights, OH, sister and brother-in-law Lisa
and George Burrows of Canada brother and sister-in-law Zack and Donna Burks of
Jordanville, two sister-in-laws Mae Burks of Worcester, MA, Ann Burks of
Rochester, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Michael and Brandy O'Neil Kasold of
Abbington, PA, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Patrice and Kenneth Hicks of
Ganesvoort, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. John was
predeceased by his parents, John and Lois, a sister Elaine. Two brothers, Oscar
Neil and Willie Arthur and his father-in-law, Raymond Kasold.
John enjoyed conversation, walks, bicycling, movies and
family outings. John would most like to be remembered for his faith in God and
his love for his family. He was deeply loved and will be sorely missed but will
be remembered always.
Funeral service will be on Saturday at 10:00 AM in J. Seaton
McGrath Funeral Home, 40 West James Street, Richfield Springs. The Reverend John Roos will officiate. Interment will follow in Highland Rural Cemetery,
Jordanville. Calling hours on Friday 1:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 PM.