John Granville Burks

John G. Burks Dies in Hospital Here
City Painter, Labor Leader was 93 Years of Age

John Granville Burks, well known Chattanooga painter and for the past several years a trustee of the Brotherhood of Painters, Paperhangers and Decorators of North America, died in a local hospital early yesterday.  He was 73.
     Mrs. Burks taught school for several years in Rutherford County, Tennessee and came to Chattanooga in 1917, where he began work for the Moore Decorating Company.  He took an active interest in politics and in 1934   made the race for state representative form Hamilton County.  In that race he advocated the elimination of poll tax receipts as a requirement for voting and urged that the state provide free school textbooks.
     He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Lizzie Burks; two daughters, Miss Viva Lee Burks and Mrs. Fred Newman, and one son, Rupert T. Burks all of Chattanooga; one brother, Charlie H. Burks; Morrison, Tennessee and four grandchildren.
     The body will be at the residence, 2707 East 45th Street after 10 o'clock this morning.
Funeral arrangements will be announced.
Chattanooga Times July 7, 1945; Page 7.
Note: Son of Granville Crockett and Paralee Tolbert Burks

Submitted by Shawn Burks