Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Burks are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Charles Daniel Burks, to Morgan Bethea Durham, daughter of Dr. and Mr. Robert H. Durham, Jr. of Greensboro, Ga.
Charlie is a graduate of Shelburne Community School, CVU, and St. Lawrence University, where he earned a degree in environmental sciences. He currently owns and operates Burks Works LLC in Denver, Colo.
Morgan is a graduate of the University of Georgia and the Denver School of Nursing. She is currently employed as a surgical/trauma ICU nurse at the University of Colorado Hospital. The wedding is planned for Sept. 17 in Union Point, Ga.
Douglas Clark Pierson
Douglas Clark Pierson, 84, of Jupiter, Fla. and Grand Isle, Vt., died unexpectedly on Aug. 18, 2016 of heart complications.
Doug was born and raised in Glen Ridge, N.J. He was the son of James and Ruth (Binzen) Pierson. He graduated from Glen Ridge High School, Cornell, and Cornell Law School.
He was married to Pat (Milligan) Pierson, whom he first met in the third grade. They would have been married for 62 years in September. They had four children: Ruthann Dodge, Douglas Clark Jr. (Maura), Grace Patricia, and James Topping (Sarah); nine grandchildren: Jacquelyn Patricia Harlow; Jakeessa, Donnell, Janelle, Devyn, and Douglas Clark III (Kerry); Patricia Lee, James Willis, and Emily Jane Pierson; and five great-grandchildren.
Doug was also survived by his brother James W. Pierson and his sisters Ann Bath and Barbara Wilkins. He was predeceased by a sister, Jane Swanton.
Doug was a founding member of the Pierson Wadhams Quinn Yates and Coffrin Law firm in Burlington, where he was still practicing at his time of death. In Florida, he was a town councilman for 12 years, where he was vice mayor and head of the building committee.
Doug dearly loved his family, his friends, gardening, tennis, the practice of law, and his dog, Barbie.
For those wishing to do so, contributions may be made to the Malayaka House Orphanage in Uganda, P.O. Box 9352, South
Burlington, Vt. 05407 or the Alexander Kende Memorial Fund, c/o Howard Lincoln, University of Vermont, 411 Main St., Burlington, Vt. 05401. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date in Vermont and Florida.
Doug was greatly loved and admired and will be greatly missed. Online condolences may be made to www.minorfh.com.
Melody Percoco, 68, passed away on her daughter’s birthday, Aug. 21, 2016 at her home in Shelburne, Vt. from complications of metastatic lung cancer. She was predeceased by her brother, Michael, in 1999.
Melody was born on Nov. 4, 1947 in Bronx, N.Y. to Dr. Michael and Mrs. Mary Percoco. She grew up in the Bronx area, graduated with a theater degree from Long Island University in Brooklyn, and was notorious as one of the first female taxi drivers in New York City.
She worked with theater companies in New York City such as LaMama, Playhouse of the Ridiculous, and Theatre for the New City as a performer and lighting designer. Melody moved to Vermont in 1971, landing in the beautiful Northeast Kingdom, where she directed and produced theater and music (Brighton-on-Clyde Players, Ten Mile Shuffle Band). In 1987 she moved to Burlington to start a 20-year career at United Airlines as a customer service representative and manager, and later settled in Shelburne where she lived for the past 20 years.
In retirement, she worked joyfully delivering Seven Days throughout the state in her Subaru, and at the box office at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. She loved to play serious games of poker, watch old black-and-white movies, could beat almost anyone at Scrabble, travelled extensively (favorite places being Aruba, Italy, and Australia), was never more full of love than when she became a grandmother in 2014, and was a long-time volunteer with the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, affectionately known as the “jazzmamma.”
She is survived by her daughter Liana C. Percoco, son-in-law Andrew Mall, and granddaughter Michaela, of Boston; many cousins along the east coast; and her large family of loving friends from across Vermont, the place she loved so much and called home.
She was laid to rest with her passed family at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, N.Y. on Saturday, Aug. 27. A local memorial service will be held in Vermont later this fall. Her family is thankful to the gracious caregivers from the VNA Hospice. In lieu of flowers and such, we wish for donations in her memory to the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. Online condolences can be made at www.ballarddurand.com.