Mr. Donley Paul Burge, Jr., age 57, of Cartersville, Georgia, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2019, at Redmond Regional Hospital in Rome, Georgia.
Donley was born on June 30, 1961, in Omaha, Nebraska, to the late Mr. Donley Sr. and Mrs. Carolyn Burge.
Donley grew up in Manteno and Bradley, Illinois, graduating from Bradley Bourbonnais Community High School ('BBCHS') in 1979. He married his high school sweetheart, Beth, in 1980. He was a musician for many of his younger years, and even recorded an album in Nashville with his band, The Prime Time Band. After his music career, he went on to work in the steel industry, working for many years as an improvement facilitator, helping to improve operations, processes, and procedures overall. He was a 32 degree Master Mason and a perpetual member of the Euharlee Masonic Lodge no. 457, where, as an avid motorcycle rider, he helped to found the Masonic Motorcycle Club of Georgia in 2011. He was also very involved as a volunteer with the Bartow Advocates for Children, participating in their motorcycle ride, as well as in the Duck Derby. He also volunteered as Santa Claus for many years with the Advocates as well. Donley was extremely involved and active in his community throughout his life, and he will be missed by all of those who knew and loved him.
Donley is preceded in death by his parents, as well as his step-mother, Rita Burge.
He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 39 years, Beth Burge. He is also survived by his two daughters, Tiffany (James) Ensor and Danielle Burge. He is also survived by his brother, Roger (Kathy) Burge, and his step-brother, Steve Bydalek. He is also survived by his four grandchildren, James III and Caleb Ensor, and Emma and Madison ('Tabee') Burge. Several nieces and nephews also survive to cherish Donley's memory.
Friends are cordially invited for visitation with the family on Thursday, June 27, 2019, from five o'clock in the afternoon until nine o'clock in the evening at Owen Funeral Home. The Euharlee Masonic Lodge no. 457 will present Masonic Funeral Rites at eight o'clock in the evening as a part of the visitation.
A private service for family will be conducted at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Donley's memory to the American Kidney Fund.
Friends are cordially invited to visit www.owenfunerals.com to leave fond memories of Donley, as well as expressions of sympathy and condolences for his family.
Owen Funeral Home, 12 Collins Drive, Cartersville, Georgia 30120, is honored to have been entrusted with the arrangements for Mr. Donley Paul Burge, Jr.