Dwayne Burnette Burleson

dwayne burleson

January 6, 1964 ~ August 18, 2021

Born in: Marion, NC
Resided in: Candler, NC

Dwayne Burnette Burleson, of Candler, NC, passed away peacefully on August 18, 2021, after a harsh battle with Covid-19 and a lengthy illness.

A lifelong resident of WNC, Dwayne was born January 6, 1964 in Marion, NC, to the Lorene Ford Bradford and Burnett Burleson. Dwayne was a 1982 graduate of Erwin High School, where he formed so many lifelong friendships-the kind of friend that stayed in his life and by his side until the end. He attended St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Candler.

Dwayne attended ABTech, where he studied computer technology. However, his love for the great outdoors took him away from sitting behind a computer for many years. He worked for the family business, “Burnette’s Paving Co.”, for over 25 years. Later he worked as a service writer for several car dealerships.

Dwayne spent countless hours grooming the appearance of his yard. Music was not a hobby – music was his life! He loved all things with wheels, cars, his motorcycle and the brothers and sisters he bonded with. He loved his family, long rides, beautiful scenery, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, fall leaves and campfires with family! Although he found beauty in so many things, he loved his family more than anything in the world.

Dwayne is survived by his wife of 34 years, Ida Sue Clark Burleson; mother, Lorene Ford Bradford (Carl); father, Burnett Burleson (Judy); sons, Joshua Dwayne Burleson and Colton William Burleson; sister, Lisa Mackey (Robert); brother, Dusty Burleson (Noelle) and their children, Grayson, Landon, Gaven, Aden (Boogy); five beautiful grandchildren; nieces and nephews Lyessia Mackey Paley (Scott), Garett Mackey, Elizabeth Gray (Nick), Rebecca Spivey (Jordan), Dahdah and Chris; sister-in-law Janice Spivey (Jeff); numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and his dearly loved fur babies that gave him much comfort during the lengthy illness he battled over the last six years.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Harrison and Murdie Ford, and paternal grandparents, Olga and Bessie Burleson.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 23, in the Patton Avenue chapel of

Groce Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Candler. A long train of motorcycles are welcome and appreciated.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, beginning at 1:00 p.m.


Visitation: August 23, 2021 1:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Funeral Service: August 23, 2021 2:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Burial: August 23, 2021 3:00 pm

Forest Lawn Memorial Park
1498 Sand Hill Road
Candler, NC 28715


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  1. Ida and family, my heart is so broken and I can’t even imagine yours. I will continue to pray for comfort for all of you. May Dwayne rest in peace and no more pain. Love and hugs. Michelle Burton, as Dwyane always called me his homeroom buddy.

  2. Thank you for your friendship, D. It’s been a great time knowing you and being around you and Ida. Always smiles and laughs and Good times, good memories to keep. Thank you for introducing me to the Lemon Drop. 🙂 Love you like a brother and miss you already. My heart reaches across to hug you close Ida, Darlin. <3

  3. The world has lost a great friend to so many but heaven has gained a beautiful soul. Rest In Peace Dwayne.

  4. So sorry for your loss & all the suffering you have been through. We go back alot of years & we lost a friend. Condolences to all the family & we will keep you & your family in our prayers. Ronnie & Ellen Hemphill

  5. I am so sorry for your loss.Thoughts and prayer for Ida,his family and friends.I only knew Dwayne for a few short years but I will never forget him.He was an awesome guy and I am proud to say he and I were friends.

  6. So sorry to hear Dwayne passed he was a hell of a guy. I spent many days listening to his stories and laughing and cutting up with him at work . Even after he stopped working he would some times come hang out at work with me. He is the only one I ever allowed to drive my Challanger. The grin he come back with was priceless. Miss you brother fly high and rock on 🤘 prayers for his family.

  7. All our prayers and love coming your way. God’s speed to you Dwayne. You will be so missed brother. No helmet laws now !

  8. May God put His arms around you and family… I’m so sorry for your loss. Dwayne was a wonderful and sweet guy with such a heart as you Ida. Love and Hugs sent your way.

  9. I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for All of You and may comfort and peace be felt. I love you all ❤️❤️

  10. Thinking of Ida, the boys, and the whole family. Prayers to you all, love and light be with you. Love you

  11. My love and prayers go out to Ida, Lorene, Colton, Josh and the entire family. I’m so happy for the memories I will always have of the stays at bike week. He made the best breakfast for us every morning, his biscuits and gravy were epic. He was the Candler Salsa King! Dwayne, I’ll miss you so much. Virginia will be you so much. Rest in Peace my friend.

  12. My love and prayers go out to Ida, Lorene, Colton, Josh and the entire family. I’m so happy for the memories I will always have of the stays at bike week. He made the best breakfast for us every morning, his biscuits and gravy were epic. He was the Candler Salsa King! Dwayne, I’ll miss you so much. Virginia will miss you so much. Rest in Peace my friend until we see you again.

  13. Our Love, thoughts and prayer are with you all. Dwayne will be missed so much but will alway live in our hearts

  14. Our prayers and love are with you. Words cannot express our sadness at Dwayne’s passing. I am so sorry Ida. If you need anything please let us know. I’m just a phone call away. Love you sweet cousin, Chrissy, Rhianna, Adam and Vance.

  15. Lorene and family, we are so sorry for your loss. He will always life on in your heart and memory. You are in our prayers and thoughts. Hugh and Joyce

  16. This is beautiful Ida Sue. So perfect. Dwayne will be missed by so many of us. That laugh and smile, his rocking out and singing and his love of his family and friends will be remembered always. He was definitely one of a kind. Sending big love and prayers to you Ida B.

  17. Ida & Family, I am just heartbroken that Dwayne has passed. He sure was a nice guy. He was humble, funny and always pleasant to be around. I’ve known him since the 5th grade at West Buncombe. He was tall and blonde back then too. I remember when he had a particular job at one of the car dealerships he had to cut his hair and he wasn’t too happy about that! It was such fun to see you both through the years. Ida, I hope you continue to heal and get your strength back. You and your family remain in my prayers.

  18. I only knew Dwayne for a short time, but came to love him and to look forward to seeing him when I went to Friends & Fiberworks. Alan and I are deeply sorry, and our deepest condolences go out to the family.

    Alan Dewey & Milissa Ellison Dewey

  19. I will hold our growing up at Granny and Papaw Burleson’s house in North Cove in my heart. You were the best to have around and pick cane poles and pretend we was going fishing. Nothing like cousins at grandparents. Love you and miss you so much.

  20. Keeping your family in my prayers. I hadn’t seen Dwayne in many years, but remember he had a great sense of humor and loved riding his motorcycle & loved his family.

  21. Ida and family, I’m so sorry to hear about Dwayne. We have been friends since teenage years. I’m in shock, can’t imagine how all of you feel. He will always live on in my heart. My deepest sympathy to all of you. I loved him very much, was like a big brother to me, I will always treasure that. Praying 🙏 for all of you during this most difficult loss, he will be greatly missed! Thankful he is with our lord and outta pain. Godspeed my brother, dance like no one is watching. I love you, will miss you endlessly. Will miss your laugh and trying to always scare me. Thank you for the wonderful memories we had for years! Love from me, Lauren Cole tostevin and Andrew. Love you my friend! Love Ida,josh, Colton !and all the beautiful grand babies! Rest in paradise my friend!

  22. When I saw the facebook about Dwayne. I felt gut punched. I had known Dwayne all through school. I called him Wayne and I’m glad to say we were friends. I loved reading his facebook posts and the driveway Chronicles. I love you man. You leave a void in everyone’s life. I’m praying for you, Ida Sue and your family

  23. I am very sorry for your loss. I never met your Husband but I felt I know him through Mr. Eddie Hoglen. I will be an honor and with deep respect to ride my Harley in his last ride.
    Very Sincerely, WR Stiles

  24. Ida and family there are no words that will take the hurt away from losing Dwayne. He was a wonderful person and always kept a positive attitude. Our thoughts and prayer are with you and the family. God bless!

  25. Dwight and I are so sorry for your loss. Dwayne was such a positive inspiration, and he will me missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  26. Worked with Dewayne a short period of time he was the nicest guy,always kind just a great guy. prayers for his loved ones threw this great loss . So sad to hear this.

  27. Sorry for the loss of a long time biker friend . He will have his knees in the wind & I do not think that helmets are required in Heaven . Our condolences to Ida and the family . Bob & Dianna

  28. Rest in Paradise kind sir. You will be missed. Ida Sue Boo, I am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Josh and Colton and grand babies.

  29. I will forever hold the memories of meeting you and Ida and all the memories in between, rest easy Dwayne, you are missed already .

  30. So sorry for the loss for friends and family. Dewayne was a good friend and I will miss him terribly. RIP my friend. 🤟

  31. Prayers of comfort for the family. Big D we have known each other since the West Buncombe days. You have always been one of a kind. RIP Big D.

  32. DB you will be missed by all you touched. You have created a legacy of caring for others that we all benefited. May your ride be smooth on the golden streets. Play your music loud my fellow Warrior for all to hear. Prayers to your family from The Kings

  33. So sorry to hear of Dwayne’s passing. I was in school with him from West Buncombe to Erwin, we played on several basketball teams together. May God bless and be with his family.

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