John "Jack" G. Markham, Jr.



John “Jack” G. Markham, Jr., 79, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, July 16, 2017 at his home in Myrtle Beach. He was born in Washington, DC on October 6, 1937 to the late John G. Markham, Sr. and Margaret Reynolds Markham. Along with his parents, Jack was preceded in death by a brother, Stephen Markham.

Jack is survived by his wife of thirty years, Jeri Markham of Myrtle Beach, his children, Jeffrey A. Markham and wife Starr of Myrtle Beach, Monica Burnley and husband Dave of Kernersville, NC, and Rocky Padgett of Spotsylvania, VA; grandchildren, Amanda (Burnley) Dixon and husband Luke, Zachary Padgett and fiancé Nikki Brown, Josh Burnley and Tristen Padgett; his brother, Jim Markham and wife Lyn of Murrells Inlet; as well as many special nieces/nephews and dear cousins who were all a part of his loving family. Jack was looking forward to the upcoming arrival of his first great-grandchild (Amelia) due in August.

Jack proudly served his country with the United States Air Force during the Korean War. After his time in the military he chose a career as a professional firefighter in Fairfax County Virginia. He worked at Company 5 in Franconia, Virginia as well as Company 14 in Burke, Virginia. He served his community for fifteen years prior to being forced into retirement due to a heart condition in 1982. In 1985 Jack was instrumental in the creation of the Fairfax County Fire/Rescue Retirement Association and served as the first Vice President. Jack was passionate about his chosen profession and remained closely connected to the firefighter community. He spent his spare time keeping abreast of all fire department issues in Fairfax County, Virginia as well as in Horry County SC. For more than 45 years Jack was also a proud member of the IAFF, Local 2068.

In their free time, Jack and Jeri loved to travel, especially enjoying many cruises to the Caribbean with friends. Jack also enjoyed NASCAR, watching his favorites Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and Jr. He was a diehard fan of the Carolina Panthers and the Tennessee Lady Vols. Jack enjoyed Little League Baseball and had the opportunity to coach both of his sons. In more recent years he supported the St. James High School softball team, the Lady Sharks.

A celebration of Jack’s life will be held Friday, July 21, 2017 at Burroughs Funeral Home, 3558 Old Kings Hwy, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4pm with a service immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Horry County Fire and Rescue, Station #20, in honor of Jack's memory, 2560 N. Main Street, Suite 1, Conway, SC 29526.

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Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Murrells Inlet (843.651.1440) is in charge of arrangements.