Dempsey D. Burgess

Published 1:06 pm Wednesday, August 26, 2020

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Dempsey D. Burgess, of Shiloh, died August 21, 2020 at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center.  He was born in Elizabeth City on February 14, 1931 to the late Dempsey B. Burgess and Selma Morgan Burgess.  He attended North Carolina State University and earned both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from East Carolina University. He married Ruth Ann Rupert and they had three children. Their son, Dempsey D. Burgess Jr., deceased, had one son, Dempsey D. Burgess III; their daughter Jackie Cameron’s sons are Justin, John and Daniel and daughter Janet Bigney’s sons are Nicolas and  Max. He is also survived by son-in-law Mike Bigney; brother William E. Burgess of Yorktown, Va.; sister Charlotte Mitchell of Elizabeth City; nieces; a nephew and great nieces and nephews.

Dempsey was Associate Dean of Occupation at College of the Albemarle.  Dempsey directed the activities at the Dare County Center. He taught mathematics and science at Camden County High School and was a metal shop teacher at Craddock High School in Portsmouth, Va. After he retired, he sold real estate for Seagull Realty in Waves.

Dempsey served in the United States Air Force from September 1949 to January 31, 1953. He also served in the N.C. National Guard from January 1949 until September 1949.

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A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m.  on August 26 at Twiford Memorial Chapel officiated by the Rev. F. Joe Griffith. Memorial donations may be made to Shiloh Baptist Church Youth Group, PO Box 31, Shiloh, NC 27974. Twiford Funeral Home, Elizabeth City is serving the family. Condolences may be sent to