Mr. John Paul Burchett, age 86, of Morehead, Kentucky, passed away Friday morning, June 10, 2022 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born April 23, 1936 in Frenchburg, Kentucky a son of the late W. P. And Ola Baker Burchett.
John Paul loved his family deeply and one of his greatest joys was spending time with his immediate, extended and adopted families. And if he fed you, you were adopted. John Paul grew up on Big Perry Road where he also raised a large family and resided until his death. Here is where he was also notorious for 4th of July family celebrations that drew crowds of family and friends from all around. He was a long-time Mason and a jack-of-all-trades, a long-hauler trucker, a carpenter and above all a jokester. He loved to laugh and could tell a great story. It was even better if you believed it. In his later years, most of his time was spent in the garage playing cards and thinking up odd, very time-consuming projects, which rarely got finished because he never wanted to spend any money. He also loved riding his tractor and tending the garden because he never trusted anyone else to plow a straighter row, and as he put it “if you don’t work, you don’t eat”. Some of his favorite pastimes, beside teasing you, were reading all kinds of books, watching NASCAR, riding his horse Lady and running dogs on the fire trail. He was a simple man. He knew how to work hard and he loved his family. He leaves a big hole on Big Perry and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Elsie Ruth Foster Burchett, one daughter, Venus Butler; three brothers, Jolly Burchett, James Burchett and Gary Burchett; two sisters, Deloris Cooley and Betty Kay Jacobs.
He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-five years, Bonnie Boggs Burchett; five sons, Mickey (Nora) Burchett of Olive Hill, Kentucky, Phillip (Brenda) Burchett of Berea, Ohio, Brian (Kristal) Burchett of Somerset, Kentucky, Jay (Loretta) Burchett of Emerson, Kentucky, Johnny (Chip) Burchett of Atlanta, Georgia; three daughters, Valerie Burchett of Morehead, Kentucky, Kristi Schulheis of Napoleon, Ohio, Vicki Burchett of Berea, Kentucky; one bonus daughter, Angela Webb of Berea, Kentucky; twenty-three grandchildren; twenty-six great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; three brothers, Danny Allan (Lilly) Burchett of Norman, Oklahoma, David Burchett of Greenup, Kentucky and Douglas (Sandy) Burchett of Raceland, Kentucky; three sisters, Alice May Shay of Garden City, Michigan, Bertie Bond of St. George, Illinois and Peggy (Jim) Hall of Morehead, Kentucky.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at Globe Funeral Chapel in Olive Hill, Kentucky with Brother Cecil Ison and Brother Randy Wagoner officiating. Burial will follow in the Garvin Ridge Cemetery in Olive Hill, Kentucky.
Friends may visit from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 13, 2022 and after 9 a.m. on Tuesday until the service hour at Globe Funeral Chapel, 17277 West Highway US 60, Olive Hill, Kentucky 41164.
Michael Paul Burchett, Eric Burchett, Allen Butler, Derrick Butler, Jason Burchett, Caleb Burchett and Jayben Fraley will serve as pallbearers.
Globe Funeral Chapel in Olive Hill, Kentucky is caring for all arrangements for Mr. John Paul Burchett.