Vivian Talmadge Burgess

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

        Vivian Talmadge Burgess was born to John and Lula Brown on April 1, 1918. She was preceded in death by her husband Floyd R. Burgess. Vivian accepted Christ at an early age and joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She belonged to the Willing Worker Organization in the church. She left Powhatan, where she met and married Floyd Burgess, and settled in Redbank, NJ until retiring with her husband and returning to Powhatan, VA. She recommited herself to Mt Zion Baptist Church.

        In her commitment to family and the love of her children, she was a full time homemaker and housewife. Her love for her children was top priority for her. The neighborhood children were always welcomed and, instead of calling her Mrs. Burgess, they'd call her Aunt Vickie and she would feed them like her own. Her great-grandchildren would look forward to going to Nannie's house. where she would spoil them and when it was time to leave she would always have some kind of care package full of things they liked to eat. Sometimes when they would arrive they would ask her "Do you have something good for me?" and of course she did.

        She leaves to cherish her memories; two daughters, Mildred Burgess Yancey and Estelle Reeves Dickerson, sixteen grandchildren, thirty one great-grandchildren, among them devoted Torie Burgess Rock; nine great-great-grandchildren, four sisters; Mahlia Hargrave, Louise Williams, Shirley Brown, and Earlene Wilson; one brother, Luther Brown; one sister-in-law, Kate Brown, and other relatives and friends.

God knew you were so tired,
And a cure was not to be
So he put his arms around you,
And whispered, “Come to me.”

The Golden Gate stood open
God knew you needed rest
His garden must be beautiful
For He only takes the best.

Although we cannot touch you
You're never really gone,
For in the hearts of us who love you
Your memory lives on.

        The Family


The family, wishes to express our sincere thanks and gratitude
to each of you for every act of love and kindness during our
time of sorrow. May God bless each of you.

reprinted by permission