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Rev. Rex Elton Burleson

October 22, 1944 — January 31, 2022

Rev. Rex Elton Burleson

             ALBEMARLE – On Monday, January 31, 2022, Rev. Rex Elton Burleson, 77, went to be with his Lord and Savior. 

            There will be a memorial service with Military Honors at 2:00pm Saturday, February 5, 2022 in the Chapel of Leavitt Funeral Home in Wadesboro with Rev. Charles Hensley and Rev. Don Thompson officiating. The family will greet friends following the service. 

            Rex was born October 22, 1944 in Stanly County, NC and was a son of the late Tommie Richard Burleson and the late Alice Jane Burleson. He was a 1963 graduate of West Stanly High  School and received an Associate Degree in Accounting from Stanly Community College  He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during the Vietnam War. 

            He retired from the North Carolina Department of Transportation with more than 40 years of service. Following his retirement, he was called back to work with the DOT for a period of time. 

            Rex’s greatest love was serving the Lord through gospel ministry. He was an ordained Baptist minister and served the following churches, Polkton Baptist Church for 2 different pastorates, Rocky Mount Baptist Church, Rocky River Baptist Church and Cedar Grove Baptist Church all in Polkton, Eastside Baptist Church in Concord and Anderson Grove Baptist Church in Albemarle. He was not just the pastor to the congregations he served but he was a pastor to all who knew and loved him. He served the Lord and his congregations with love and humility. 

            Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Sandra Austin Burleson; his children, Shane Burleson and wife, Deanna of Albemarle, Tina Eudy and husband, Tony of Oakboro and Cheri Bankhead of Matthews; his grandchildren, Justin Burleson, Cody Burleson, Connor Burleson, Ashley Pickler and husband, Robbie, Clayton Earnhardt, Chris Earnhardt, Allyson Earnhardt, Victoria Bennett and Raleigh Bankhead; his great-grandchildren, Kaleigh Burleson, Finley Burleson and Izzie Pickler; his brother, Davie Burleson and wife, Carolyn of Albemarle; his sisters, Janelle Coltrane of Cleveland, TN, Gail Barbee of Locust, Paula Feree and husband, Frank of Harrisburg and Jo Tucker and husband, Dolan of Albemarle and his nieces and nephews and their families. 

            Rex will be remembered for being a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He adored his grandchildren and loved nothing more than spending time with them. 

            In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Plyler Baptist Church, 25958 Austin Rd, Albemarle, NC 28001 or to any of the church’s he served. 

            Servant of God, well done! Thy glorious warfare's past: The battles fought, the race is won, And thou art crowned at last. 

            The arrangements are in care of Leavitt Funeral Home and online condolences may be made at


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