Born Feb. 28, 1939, in Nashville, Tenn., he was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Sr. and Elizabeth.
He is survived by: his beloved wife of 23 years, Penny Burkitt; cherished son, Eric Todd Burkitt of Charlotte, N.C.; deeply loved daughter, Ashley Burkitt Margulis of St. Louis; four grandchildren, Lucas Clement Burkitt and Mary Stewart Rivers Burkitt, Thomas Burkitt Margulis and Katherine Elizabeth Margulis; stepdaughter, Mary Katherine Griffin of Atlanta; and sister Mary Burkitt Johnson of Nashville.
Henry graduated in 1957 from Nashville’s Hillsboro High School, where he played sports and was an avid dancer. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee in 1962 and was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. His first job was as a site inspector for DuPont, and he then progressed to a 40-plus-year career in medical supplies and equipment, retiring from McKesson Corp. in 2008 as a district manager. In 1989 he met and married Penny. They initially resided in Atlanta, spending many wonderful weekends at Lake Rabun. After moving to Lakemont, he was a Lake Rabun Association volunteer for many years and helped with the annual Lake Rabun cleanup day. He also volunteered to help administer the Lake Rabun Foundation Scholarship Program. Henry was an eager Boy Scout, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, and he remained a supporter of Boy Scouts of America throughout his lifetime. He was an avid motorcyclist, participated in a four-wheel drive club and took pride in driving his Corvette.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Beck Funeral Home with the Rev. Chuck Stutsman officiating. A post-memorial reception will take place at the Lake Rabun Hotel immediately thereafter.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers all remembrances go to Boggs Mountain Humane Shelter, P.O. Box 249, Tiger, GA 30576; or to Boy Scouts Troop 40, 1004 Rainey Mountain Road, Clayton, GA 30525.
Beck Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at http://www.beckfuneralhome.com.
The Clayton Tribune, Jan. 26, 2012