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Posted on: May 7, 2020

Mayor Pro Tempore Burke to Lie in State in City Hall

Council Member and Mayor Pro Tempore Vivian Burke

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Office of the Mayor
May 7, 2020 

Mayor Pro Tempore Vivian H. Burke will lie in state in the lobby of City Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 8, to allow city residents to pay their respects. The casket will be closed.

Visitors will enter through the front door and depart through the side door to the parking lot on the north side of City Hall. Free parking will be available in the lot. Visitors with limited mobility or in wheelchairs should use the handicap accessible entrance on First Street and can park for free on First Street. 

Social distancing measures will be observed. Visitors will line up outside the front door and along the sidewalk at 6-foot intervals and are strongly encouraged to wear masks.

Burke, who passed away unexpectedly Tuesday night, represented the Northeast Ward on the City Council for 43 years and was the city’s longest-serving elected official. In addition, Burke also was the city’s longest serving mayor pro tempore (1989 - 1993 and 1997 - 2020) and the longest-serving chair of the Public Safety Committee (1977 - 2013).

Mayor Allen Joines is issuing a proclamation declaring Saturday to be a day of mourning and directing that flags at city facilities be flown that day at half-staff. 

Burke will be buried in a private ceremony Saturday at New Evergreen Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Russell Funeral Home, russellfuneralservice.com; 336-722-3459.

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