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James Burkhalter

An outdoor funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at First Pentecostal Church of Sumrall for James "Jinx" Burkhalter, 76, of Sumrall, who passed away Monday, January 18, 2021. Rev. Clint Bourne will officiate. An outdoor visitation will be held from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at First Pentecostal Church of Sumrall.

Jinx was deeply loved by his family and community. He had two favorite verses of Scripture. John 14:1-3 reads, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” And Jesus gives the promise in Matthew 5:4, “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”

Jinx was preceded in death by Father, William “Bill” Burkhalter; and his Mother, Bertha Lee Hatten Burkhalter; two Brothers, Hoyt Burkhalter, Brent Burkhalter; two Sisters, Sue Johnson, Tressie Farmer; and one Grandchild, Cameron Burkhalter.

He is survived by his Wife of 48 years, Nancy Burkhalter, of Sumrall; four Sons, James Burkhalter, Jr., Richard Downing, James Michael “Buck” Burkhalter, Travis Burkhalter; two Daughters, April Ghanam, Bridget Williamson; one Sister, Billie Jean Gleason; six Grandchildren, James Burkhalter, III, Maxwell Burkhalter, Geneva Burkhalter, Austin Williamson, Adrienne McMellon, Justin Herrin; and two Great Grandchildren, Steven Burkhalter, Nora Burkhalter.

Pallbearers will be Michael Hibley, Jeffery Sanford, Thomas Davis, Reggie Davis, Jordan Hicks, and Shawn Burkhalter.

Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia is in charge of the arrangements. Family and friends may sign an online guestbook at


James Burkhalter
October 21, 1944 - January 18, 2021





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