Johnny J. Burch, 74, of Hayesville, went home to be with the Lord Friday, June 19, 2020. He was a native and lifetime resident of Clay County.
Johnny graduated from Atlanta Technical College and began working in the sheet metal industry. He and his brother then owned Burch Brothers Building Supply in Hayesville for more than twenty years. Johnny then pursued a career in real estate where he became a broker and owner of Tusquittee Land Company as well as being a licensed general contractor.
He was a lifetime member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church where he had taught Sunday school. He was a member of Clay County Lodge No. 301 and Western North Carolina Shriners. He had also served on multiple boards within the community. Johnny was an avid sports fan and passionate about Yellow Jacket football. Johnny had volunteered and coached many youth sports and had a talent for working with the kids. His greatest pride and love came from his family who he enjoyed spending time with.
He was the son of the late Guy Elmo and Nina Lee Ashe Burch.
Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Teresa Ledford Burch; one daughter, Lauren Burch Rogers and husband, Greg, of Hiawassee, Ga.; two sons, Jason Burch and wife, Hope, of Hayesville, and Nathan Burch and wife, Kelly, of Henderson, Nev.; four sisters, Juanita Pulliam, of Millen, Ga., Margaret Hedden, Helen Moreland and Alecia Mensik, all of Hiawassee; three brothers, Danny Burch, of Hiawassee, David and Ronnie Burch, both of Hayesville; six grandchildren, Jackson, Caroline, Savannah, Isabella and James Burch and Baylor Rogers; and many nieces and nephews.
A private funeral service was held at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church with Revs. Jim Payne, Jackie Sellers and Phil Goble officiating. The service was live streamed at 11 a.m. Monday, June 22 and can be viewed on Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Facebook page. Interment was in the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jackson, Tim, Brian and Brent Burch, Joe and Blake Ledford. Honorary pallbearers were Tyler and Adam Ledford, Cameron Bethel and Bryan Hedden.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial be made to Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Building Fund, 50 Marvin Cabe Lane, Hayesville, North Carolina 28904.
Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville: www.iviefuneralhome.com was in charge of all arrangements.