Obituaries

Henry Burroughs II

January 24, 1953 - January 2, 2018

Burial Date: January 10, 2018

A Celebration Of Life Service will be held 11am Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Shivers Funeral Chapel, Smithfield, Va.  Viewing will be held one hour prior to the Celebration of Life Service at 10am. Professional Services are entrusted to Shivers Funeral Chapel.

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Henry “Monk” Burroughs II, son of Emma McCray & Henry Burroughs of South Carolina was born on January 24, 1953 in Plainfield NJ. He was educated in various fields in the Essex/Union County schools in New Jersey and also attended Lincoln Tech. School in Union New Jersey. Later Henry moved to South Carolina and Washington making Virginia his home.

Henry was always a hard worker. He became known for his precise painting jobs throughout Virginia. His work spoke for itself. His wonderful employer and friends, Steve, Ronnie and Glenn can’t be touched in that area. We believe that  he was the best in the state. Diversity was Monk’s forte as he worked at Emeloid Industry for many years, also at the East Orange General hospital to name few in NJ. Monk left his legacy & knowledge of music to every ear that heard him sing. His love & respect for music came from a early age. Having attended the NYC School of Music just ignited his obsession with the sound of music. Musicality is in our blood literally and it’s hereditary and genuine. Henry played guitar, drums and the keyboard. He wrote music as well. Dancing, singing, rapping is added to the wonderful ray of happiness he showered us all with. Yes, Monk did it all. You knew when he walked into the room because it became alive. His endless laughter, love and smiles would illuminate any room. He always cared more about others more than himself. Just an all around wonderful guy, you couldn’t help but admire.

Henry was a member of the Main Street Baptist Church in Smithfield, Virginia. He was recently baptized by his pastor & friend Rev. Dr. James Harrison. He was also a member of The Men of Music of that church.

On Tuesday morning, January 2, 2018 God looked around his Garden and found an empty space. Then he looked down upon this earth and saw Henry’s tired face. He put his arms around him and lifted him to Peace and Rest. God’s Garden MUST BE BEAUTIFUL he only takes the BEST.

He was preceded in death by his Mother Emma McCray, his Dad, Henry Burroughs Jr. and brother James Burroughs.

Henry leaves to cherish his life: Donald Matthews of NJ -Stepdad, (3) sisters Deborah D. Burroughs of Georgia, RoseMarie Cookie Green of Delaware & Lenora L. Jackson of Florida. Brother in law – Anthony L. Green of Delaware. Sharon Batten & husband (1) granddaughter Sha’quea Clarke (1) great granddaughter Kemoni Love Parker all of Smithfield, VA- Step daughter Glenda Evans Bailey & husband (3) grand children (4) great grands of Smithfield, VA- stepson Terrence Bailey & wife (9) grands (5) great grands of Smithfield VA – stepson Wallace Bailey & wife (3) grands (2) great grands of Newport News- stepson Gary Bailey & wife (10) grands & a host of great grands. Devoted friends Eula & Jesse Barnes Smithfield Va. A overflowing list of in laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles & 2nd. sisters & brothers

Extreme Special Acknowledgements to The Main Street Baptist Church and all the members who were continually praying for him and with him everywhere he went. To Rev. James Harrison not just his pastor, but also his friend;  Mrs. Faith West his agent. To Autumn Care Nursing Care staff, Ericka, Andre, Whitney, Kelly, Karen. Medi Hospice- Tiffany.  Obici ICU nurses Lisa, Shelly & Sharon.  Hospice- Juanita & all the staff on his shift.

Thank You For Everything & God Bless You All!

A Celebration Of Life Service will be held 11am Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Shivers Funeral Chapel, Smithfield, Va.  Viewing will be held one hour prior to the Celebration of Life Service at 10am. Professional Services are entrusted to Shivers Funeral Chapel.