Bernice Rooks, 87, of Columbia died Friday, March 15, 2019 at her residence. Born in Adair County, KY she was the daughter of the late Jesse L. and Emma T. Hadley Burton. Mrs. Rooks was saved at an early age at the Purdy Separate Baptist Church and later joined the Caldwell Separate Baptist Church.
She enjoyed gardening, canning the vegetables from her garden and fishing. She and her husband Avery loved singing with various groups of people at local nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Survivors include her husband Avery Lee Rooks of Columbia; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces & nephews, friends and other relatives.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by twelve siblings Edith Streeval,
Margie Burton, Catharine Janes, Linda Gail Bell, Glenna J. Compton, Fredia Ruth Burton, Jewel Dean Burton, Golen Burton, J. D. Burton, Marshall Burton, Huston Burton and William J. Burton, Jr.
Funeral services will be 10:00am Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at the Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home with burial in the Columbia Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday from 4:00-8:00pm at the funeral home and continue on Tuesday until time for the service.
Bro. David Coffey will be officiating and pallbearers will be Sammy Janes, Steve Bell, Curt Burton, Dwayne Burton, Jackie Cravens, Lee Burton and Larry Streeval.