We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Dawson's Mortuary
Celebrating the Life of Devicius J. Burley
A beautiful soul was born on Sunday June 9, 1985 to Sandra R. Allen and Cecil W. Burley. As a baby, he was nurtured by his aunt Gurry Hatcher who was his daily babysitter for the first five years of life, and who loved and spoiled him as her own. During that time, he was affectionately given the nickname “Rocky” because of his chubby arms that looked like little muscles.
Being raised in a family rooted in faith, Devicius accepted Christ early on and joined Greenwood Baptist Church, where he began a lifelong relationship with the Lord. He attended the Warren County school system up to the age of twelve, until moving to the metro Atlanta area where he attended Lilburn Middle School, South Gwinnett High School and graduated from Loganville Christian Academy. He went on to attend Fort Valley State College, but delayed finishing his degree program.
His adult career was as a driver; several years at a moving company and the majority at an oil company. He loved driving as a profession because it gave him the opportunity to follow the spirit within him that enjoyed going to new places and interacting with different people. That same Spirit of kindness and helping was part of what drew others to him and allowed him to speak God’s word into their lives. He was one that sought after God, allowed humility and love to define him and believed in planting the seed (the Word), knowing that God will bring the increase. Part of his legacy will be the way that he ministered to people, just by being himself. He had a quiet patience, a listening ear and responded with an open and encouraging heart. After finding out that his brother passed away from a heart related issue, Jared stated “his heart was just too big for this world alone.”
When it was time to relax, one of his favorite ways was by vacationing at the beach. He was also a big sports fan, with Georgia Bulldogs and Carolina Panthers (good times and bad) as his favorite teams. He has more items engraved with the Panthers logo than you should have to count. He’s enjoyed traveling, spending time with family, barbecuing and of course watching football. The most adventurous part of him led him to experience skydiving; with parasailing and flying lessons as his next thrills to try.
During the long time union with Marty, they were blessed to be given the gift of a daughter. The happiest moment of his life was when God allowed him and Marty to bring their precious daughter Evelyn Grace into this world. She is the love of his life and fatherhood was his greatest joy. Spending time with his baby girl at the zoo, the beach, amusement parks, painting, having tea parties, playing in the snow, wrestling and the innumerable other daddy-daughter moments for the past six years, delighted his heart. The bond between a father and his daughter is unbreakable. More recently, he was blessed to meet the woman he intended to marry, Jennifer, who was drawn to the word of God that he spoke into her life. Their time together may have been cut short, but the impact of his discipleship remains. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and lived his life with a mindset to help others when and where he could.
He was preceded in death by pieces of his heart, loving grandparents Willie James and Josephine Allen and Willie West and Marian Burley. Also, by aunts and uncles, Willie Ruth Brown, Sylvester Burley and Willie Burley.
His memories and legacy will live on in the lives of: his parents Sandra Allen Ivey and Cecil Burley; the greatest love of his life, daughter Evelyn Grace; brothers Jared Ivey, Marquez Burley and Malik Burley; his fiancé Jennifer Hardrick; great aunts and uncles Rosalind (Terry) Engram and Ophelia (Charles) Berry; aunts and uncles Patricia (Cecil) Threat, Michael Allen, Melvin (LaToya) Allen, Kathy (Rev. Freddie) Neal, Gurry Hatcher, Isabelle Brown, Annie Johnson, Patsy White and Bobbie Bisbee; cousins who were more like a sister and a brother, Erica Allen Love and Christopher Threat; nieces, nephews, many other beloved cousins, family and friends.
Services entrusted to Dawson’s Mortuary ~98 Hopgood St. Warrenton, GA