June 3, 1927 ~ December 23, 2009

Born in: Madison Co.,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Carolyn B. Burleson, 82, of 30 E. Pinedale Lane, Asheville, died Wednesday, December 23, 2009, on her 62nd wedding anniversary. She was a native of Madison County but lived most of her life in Buncombe County. She was a daughter of the late James and Malinda Buckner Bullman and was the wife of the late Billy B. Burleson. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Spurgeon and Cairl Bullman and three sisters, Lucy Bullman, Geneva Spillars, and Theora Sumler. Her passions in life were her family, children and the elderly, and all creatures great and small. She loved to travel and had visited all of the 50 states. She preferred to be outdoors and barefoot and was very observant of nature. She was a life-giving and sacrificing person. She shined and stood out among others in the way she lived her life. She was a retired nurse from the VA Hospital after 20 years of service. She is survived by two sons, Jeff Burleson and his wife, Janice, and Darryl Burleson and his wife, Dona, both of Asheville; two brothers, George Bullman of Maryland and Charlie Bullman of Asheville; two sisters, Harriett King Greene of Marshall and Hattie Spillars of Virginia; two grandchildren, Carrie and Travis Burleson, both of Asheville, and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be conducted by the Revs. Tim Lolley and Dr. William D. King at 12:00 noon Wednesday at Beverly Hills Baptist Church, where she had been a member since 1956. Interment will follow at Lewis Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Beverly Hills Baptist Church, 777 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805, to be used for the Preschool EducationProgram, for which she taught for 30 years. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting with the arrangements.

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  1. Dear Jeff, Darryl and Family, I am so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. I remember her as a caring and wonderful mother and nurse.

    My condolences are with you and your entire family. Sincerely, Jeannette Janecek Zerpa

  2. My deepest condolences to the family. I worked at the VA when Carolyn was the employee health nurse. She was always professional, kind, and friendly. She had a great impact on others there, as I know she was to family and other friends. I am sorry for your loss, but celebrate her life.

  3. I worked with Carolyn at the VA
    for many years, she always had a
    smile for everyone she came in
    contact with. My thoughts are with
    all her family as you celebrate her

  4. Carrie, You will be missed very much by me and my children and grandchildren.
    I will always remember the great times that I had when I came to your house to spend the night with Jeff and Darryl growing up as children. The times that you would take the time to take us to the Rec Park to swim and have such a good time. I look back with fond memeries of those times and guess that they were some of my best times ever.
    I also remember you for the great sandwitches that you would make us to take to the Park. And don’t forget the Kool Aid, the best I ever drank.
    Thank you for all the wonderful time that you took to talk to me and explain things in life.
    Thank you for taking in my children when they need a place to stay. But I know that was who you were, my second Mother and my childrens.
    Oneday I will be with you again at the throne of our Heavenly Father
    Love You Carrie

  5. To family and friends – Carolyn was a wonderful lady, caring for people as well as creatures great and small. She will be missed. Blessings and peace, Betty Nelon Rhodes

  6. My condolences are with Jeff and Darryl’s families. She was a wonderful person and aunt. She will be missed. My prayers are with you. Love Richard and Polly

  7. Jeff, Darryl,
    My symphaties go out to you in the loss of your loving Mother, the best friend one has in the world. She and your Dad were good parents. My brother spoke very highly of her when he was a patient at VA. Said she was the best nurse there.
    My prayer is for you to find peace in the days ahead with God’s love and grace.
    Love in Christ,
    Ethel Jacobson

  8. Mamaw, I miss you every day. I love you so much. I could list 1000 memories that are dear to my heart. Thank you for passing on your love of travel, you always encouraged me to go new places and I know you are there with me every step of the way.

    $.26 – All the love in the world.


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