Cheryl Lee Vollbracht Burks

Cheryl Lee Vollbracht Burks of  Benton passed away in Benton, Ark., on Feb. 28, 2014. 
She was born Nov. 16, 1934, in Camp Point, Ill. Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. Roy William Vollbracht. Others preceding her in death were her husband of 52 years, Melvin Burks, and his son, Ronald Burks; her sister Wanda Brockenfeld and husband Edward; and a brother, Roy Vollbracht and wife Alice.
Surviving are her brother, Richard (and Helen) Vollbracht; three daughters, Brigitte (and Paul) Tobola and their two children, Will and Carley; Kimberly (and Dr. Andrew) Getzoff and their two children, Jacob and Emily; Carolyn (and Ed) Buckner and their five children, Grant (and Hillary) Lewis, Ashton (and Jared) Eakin, Kristan Hendricks, and Morgan and Brooke Buckner; a daughter-in-law, Anita Burks and her three children, Brandon (and Jennifer) Burks, Brian (and Caley) Burks and Blair (and Jennifer) Burks.
Also surviving are eight great-grandchildren.
Cheryl loved people and was involved in many different facets of life. She was a homemaker and a loving wife and mother. Her hobbies were piano, poetry and painting.
She had 15 years of professional training in voice and appeared in local and regional print ads and television commercials. She also enjoyed many prominent roles in several productions of the Royal Players in its early years. In 1973, she organized a group of friends who loved literature. That organization, the Benton Literary Guild, is now in its 41st year.
She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Benton sanctuary choir for more than 25 years and was a frequent soloist.  She also led music in her Sunday School department for more than 20 years. Cheryl loved the Lord and His church.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at First Baptist Church Selph Hall with the Revs. Rick Grant and Greg Kirksey officiating.
Visitation is set from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 3, at Ashby Funeral Home. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Saline County Library, attention Erin Cozart; or the First Baptist Church Building Fund.
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