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Austin ray Burke, age 37

Austin Ray Burke, 37, passed away October 1, 2021. He was born October 1, 1984 in North Little Rock, Arkansas to Raymond Louis Burke and Katherine Susann Phillips-Burke.

Austin’s kids were always first in his life. He loved playing golf, mudding, and riding ATVs. He was a good country boy who never met a stranger, enjoyed talking to others, and had a very kind heart. Austin’s friends called him a gentle giant.

Austin is preceded in death by his brother Christopher Louis Burke; and his grandparents Harley and Jessie Phillips and James and Omelia Burke.

Austin is survived by his children Paige Emorie Burke and Parker Ray Burke; parents Raymond and Katherine Burke; brother Jeremiah Burke; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews along with several extended family members and friends.

A family hosted visitation will be held Friday, October 8, 2021 at 1:00pm at Sylvan Hills First Baptist, 9008 Hwy 107 in Sherwood. Memorial Service will follow at 2:00pm.

Arrangements entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400


  • Tim Bonds Posted October 7, 2021 12:01 PM

    “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

  • Mike Davis Posted October 7, 2021 2:34 PM

    I pray that God will cover the family with a peace and comfort that only he can do.

  • Donna A Judd Posted October 7, 2021 4:40 PM

    Hey Kathy, we used to go to Runyan First Baptist together and I was so sad to hear of your loss. Austin was a great person and the world is a lot lonelier without him here. I pray you find comfort and peace in the days to come. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Jerry Bonds Posted October 7, 2021 5:31 PM

    Big “A”, you will be missed, it’s hard for me to look at my kids growing up years and not think of you. You were a part of our family as well as your own! Love ya brother!

  • Ashley Bonds Posted October 7, 2021 11:27 PM

    Austin, my dear friend, growing up with you as my best friend was some of the best memories of my life. I am thankful that God blessed me with knowing you. I pray for peace and comfort over your family. You will truly missed and never forgotten. I love you dearly old friend.

  • Katie Roark (Kirkpatrick) Posted October 8, 2021 9:41 AM

    I will never forget playing footsie under the desk in Mrs. Daniel’s class or you teasing me about being a shorty. Our childhood pact to get married in 2003 will always makes me smile. I will never see a Dallas Cowboys logo and not think of you. I’ve had a strange longing for a Cowboys starter jacket since you passed. For me, that’s an Austin classic. I’ll miss running into you and catching up on kids and life and I don’t think I’ll ever understand why you’re gone.

  • Don and Diane Wise Posted October 8, 2021 2:09 PM

    Kathy, we are so saddened to hear of Austin’s passing, may our loving heavenly Father comfort you and the family during this time in your lives. May God bless and sustain you today and the days ahead.

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