Charles Ray Burchett 1930 - 2005 Charles “Ray” Burchett, 75 of Grayson died Sunday in Hospice Community Center in Ashland. He was born June 12, 1930, in Olive Hill a son of the late James and Vina Whisman Burchett. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge (Poage Lodge) # 325 F.&A.M., Ashland, VFW Post 3705 in Grayson, American Legion Post #138, Olive Hill, The Civil War Trust, National Advisory Council of the U. S. Navy Memorial Foundation, U.S. Naval Institute, Tin Can Sailors Inc., Destroyer Squadron (DesRon) 52, Morehead State University Alumni, Carter Co. Historical & Genealogical Society, Carter Veterans Association where he held capacity of Treasurer. He served in the U S Navy aboard the destroyer, USS Tingey, during the Korean War, earning the following medals: United Nations, South Korean Presidential Unit Citation, Korea Service with four Battle Stars for participation in various combat operations, including two commando raids during three tours of duty in the Korean War zone, China Service, Good Conduct, National Defense Combat Action Ribbon, and Korean War Service medal issued by the S Korean government 6/25/2005. He was retired from Ashland Oil Inc. in Ashland and Columbus, OH, for 32 years where he was Assistant Credit Manager. He spearheaded the effort for the restoration of the Burchett Cemetery Monument to veterans of all wars. He was preceded in death by his wife Jean Adkins Burchett, and two brothers John and Frank Burchett, a sister Barbara Clark and three half brothers James Calhoun, Otho Burchett and Clyde Burchett. His survivors include: two sons and a daughter in law: Charles “Chuck” Burchett, Jr. Grayson and Alan and Gladys Burchett of Ashland. One daughter: Lynn White Ashland. Seven sisters: Gerry Burchett Crestview, OH, Carol Heisler, Columbus, OH, Mary Hester, Delores Malblanc both of Cincinnati, OH, Gloria Cassini, Muses Mill, KY, Lois Carroll, Jean Hamilton both of Grayson. Four grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday 2:00p.m. at the Malone Funeral Home by the minister Brad Smart. Burial will be in the Burchett Cemetery in Olive Hill. Friends may call Wednesday 6-9 and after 9:00 a.m. Thursday. East Carter Jr. ROTC will be performing military rites at the graveside. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.timeformemory.com/malone.
Submitted by: Linda Cheeks Pittano