Frederick Allen Fred Burroughs, 51, of Cool Ridge, was killed in the Ghent Little General explosion on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007, doing what he always did, helping his community. Born in Beckley on Dec. 21, 1955, he was the son of Betty Jean Burroughs of Cool Ridge and the late Martin D. Mike Burroughs Sr.
Fred graduated from Shady Spring High School in 1974 where he was an outstanding basketball and football player. He was inducted into the schools Football Hall of Fame in 1995.
His love for sports led him to spend 25 years as a high school basketball and football official in the Southern Coalfield Officials Board. He counted it a privilege to have officiated six West Virginia State High School Basketball tournaments in Charleston. He was named West Virginia Official of the Year in 2003.
As captain with the Ghent Volunteer Fire Department, he spent over 30 years saving lives, homes and helping his community. He loved the fire department and his brothers and sisters who also put their lives on the line every time the tone came and all of the good work they were able to provide to the community. Fred had spent six years as fire chief and currently served on the Board of Directors.
Fred had been a building inspector for the Raleigh County Code Enforcement Department for almost six years. He enjoyed his job and traveling throughout the county meeting the contractors and homeowners.
Fred attended Victory Baptist Church. He was an avid outdoorsman on the Vince Miller farm. He loved to hunt with his son and to just be in the woods taking numerous walks with his wife and children. He was also an avid NASCAR fan and loved to watch his daughter play basketball for Victory Baptist Academy.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his soul mate who worshiped him, his wife, Hazel Redden Burroughs; their children whom he cherished and adored, Christopher Allen and Lindsay Pauline, both at home; a brother, Mike Burroughs Jr. and wife, Ginny, of Mount Hope; sisters, Elizabeth Ann Tolbert and husband, Ed, of Fayetteville, Billie Jo Morgan and husband, Donnie, of Bradley and Catherine Cathy Hurst and husband, James, of Fairfax, Va.; his mother and father-in-law, Glenville and Mary Redden of Beaver; a sister-in-law, Glenna Redden of Daytona Beach, Fla.; close friend, Bob Shiflett and wife, Terry, of Crab Orchard; nieces and nephews, Nick Nixon, David Nixon, Dawn Honeycutt, Michael Morgan, Caron Morgan and Nikki Lowery; an uncle and two aunts.
Fred loved life, loved his family, was a devoted husband and father, but he also loved volunteering in his community. He would not want this accident to deter anyone from continuing the work or joining in the work that he along with others have spent their life building in the Ghent Volunteer Fire Department.
Service with full firemans honors will be 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at Victory Baptist Church Academy Gymnasium with Dr. Rollan Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in Calfee Cemetery on Mount Tabor Road, Beckley.
Friends may call 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Victory Baptist Church Academy Gymnasium.
Official pallbearers will be Bob Shiflett, Pat Fragile, Vince Miller, Jimmy Coleman, Ray Adkins and Danny Knight.
Honorary pallbearers will be the volunteer firemen of the Ghent Volunteer Fire Department.
Donations of sympathy may be made to the family, the Ghent Volunteer Fire Department, attention: David Shrewsbury, Box 99, Ghent, W.Va. 25843, or Victory Baptist Academy at P.O. Box 549, Beaver, W.Va. 25813, or the Lindsay Burroughs Scholarship Fund, in care of First Community Bank, 50 Brookshire Lane, Beckley, W.Va. 25801.
Online condolences may be sent to our guest book at roseandquesenberry.net.
Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring.