James Burkart

James Alphonse Burkart, 94, passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at the Alexian Village on Signal Mountain. He was the husband of Naomi Graham Burkart and the son of the late Alphonse Charles and Alma Shiel Burkart. A native of Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain, he was a graduate of Notre Dame High School and the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. With a degree in chemical engineering, he joined his father's firm, Burkart-Schier Chemical Company, which operated in Chattanooga for a great number of years before being acquired by General Anilian & Film (GAF). During World War II, he managed the Materials Laboratory at the Naval Experimental Station in Philadelphia, Pa., and following a successful career at Burkart-Schier, he became a partner and the Executive Vice-President of Evans and Black Carpet Company, Dalton, Ga., which later became a subsidiary of Armstrong World Industries. He spent his retirement years as a volunteer in both giving time and resources to many charities. He and his wife traveled extensively abroad and in this country with many months spent as a volunteer with the International Executive Service Corps in Morocco, Egypt, Africa and South America. As a pioneer of Our Lady Of The Mount Catholic Church, he was instrumental in establishing it as a parish as well as the building of the present church. He was also one of the founding members of the Serra Club of Chattanooga, an international organization that fosters vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Preceding him in death other than his parents were infant son, John Michael Burkart; and sisters, Marjorie Coulter, Jeanette VonWerssowetz, Betty Jane Thurmond and Alma Lea Crowley. In addition to his wife of 66 years, he is survived by his six children, Clinton Foster (Carol) Goodwin, Constance Burkart (Jack) Leonard, James Alphonse (Diane) Burkart, Jr, Marjorie Burkart (Tom) Borchers, Susan Burkart (Vic) Wesley, and William Adams (Tammi) Burkart; 18 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. A celebration of his life and funeral services will be held at a future date. Contributions in his memory can be made to the Alexian Brothers Senior Ministries, 100 James Blvd., Signal Mountain, TN 37377.

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