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Shirley Bernice Burks

Wilmar, AR, 1929 - 2022

Shirley Bernice McKinstry Burks, 93, of Wilmar, died Nov. 3, 2022.
Born Oct. 18, 1929, in Drew County, she was the daughter of the late Bernice Wright and Dorothy Daniel McKinstry.
She was a graduate of Wilmar High School and attended Arkansas A&M and Draughon School of Business. She worked at banks in Monticello and did bookkeeping for the family logging and cattle operations. She volunteered with the Drew Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and was a lifelong member of Wilmar United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James H. Burks; two brothers, Dan McKinstry and Hardy McKinstry; and a daughter-in-law, Fran Burks.
Survivors include a son, J.R. Burks of Warren; a daughter, Beverly Burks of Wilmar; two granddaughters, Shelley Lewis of Hot Springs and Rachel Seach and husband Jay of Wilmar; three great-granddaughters, Sadie Nordeck and Anna Lewis, both of North Little Rock, and Ella Seach of Wilmar; and two great-great-grandchildren, Andi, Archer and Payton Nordeck all of North Little Rock.
Funeral services will be held at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home Nov. 6 with burial at Wilmar Cemetery. For more information visit

Published November 6, 2022

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