PHILADELPHIA — Services for Olen Lavelle Burrage, Sr. will be held today at 4 p.m. from McClain-Hays Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Guy McGarrity officiating. Burial will follow in Fellowship Cemetery in Neshoba County.
Mr. Burrage, 82, died Friday at Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian.
He was born on March 16, 1930 in Neshoba County where he lived his whole life except for a short time spent working in Houston, Texas as a bus driver. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a truck mechanic in the 1950’s and subsequent to his honorable discharge. He founded Burrage Trucking, Inc. which became one of the top 150 companies of the nation. After selling Burrage Trucking, Inc, in early 1990, he pursued his interest in cattle farming and timberland until his death. He was a Shriner, a Mason and longtime member and deacon of Fellowship Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Ruth Audine Clark Burrage; siblings, Jackie “Buddy” Burrage (Shonna), Billy Burrage, Ruby Copeland and Linda Krietz (Ron). He is also survived by his children, Olen L. Burrage, Jr. (Ruth Ann), Jimmy Burrage, Ginger Sistrunk (Shelton) and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Mr. Burrage was preceded in death by his parents, Leon Lavelle Burrage and Sudie Elizabeth Burrage; daughter, Brenda Bobo and sister, Barbara Burrage.