2nd Lieutenant Peter Haskell


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2nd Lieutenant Peter Haskell Burks

Apr 10 1981 - Nov 14 2007

On November 13, 2007, while serving our great country, 2nd Lieutenant Peter “Pete” Burks was called home to eternal life. Pete was a man of great Faith, honor and courage, and is incredibly missed by everyone. He had the ability to light up any room with his glowing personality and quick sense of humor, and lived life with a passion admired by all. Born April 10, 1981, in Atlanta, GA, Pete brightened many lives in his 26 years. After graduating from Trinity Christian Academy in 1999, he attended the University of Georgia, then transferred to Texas A&M, where he completed a BA in international studies. During his time at A&M, Peter served as the president of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and was also a sportswriter for The Battalion, among other activities. After graduating, he worked as a tour guide in Nice, France, and also worked for the Dallas Cowboys, the Dallas Desperadoes and FC Dallas. He loved sharing the good word of Christ, and was very active in Young Life. In April 2006, Peter proudly answered his call to service by joining the U.S. Army. He received many honors in his training courses, and his fellow soldiers considered him a fearless leader and man of integrity. He served in the Second Stryker Cavalry Regiment as a troop leader, and made a lasting, positive impression in his short time with his platoon. Pete is survived by his beloved fiancee, Melissa Haddad. Pete and Melissa truly embraced life together, and loved each other more than words can express. Pete is also survived by his mother Jackie Merck; father Alan and step mom Laura Burks; sisters Ali, Sarah and Georgia Burks; brother Zac Burks; grandmother Irene Merck; grandfather Haskell Burks; nephew Oliver Denson; aunt Brenda Brooks and her husband Jim; uncle Carlton Hays and his wife Bonnie; uncle Tim Merck; aunt Laurie Killen and her husband Ivan; uncle Mike Burks and his wife Susan; various cousins; and a host of friends. A visitation is scheduled for November 23, 2007 at 6:00 PM at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, TX. A funeral service is scheduled for November 24 at 11:00 AM at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, TX. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the “Peter Burks Unsung Hero Fund,” care of Texas Star Bank, PO Box 1600, Celina, TX 75009. Donations for care packages for our troops in Iraq can also be made in Pete’s memory to the LoveLife Foundation, www.lovelifefoundation.com. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, 8520 Main Street, Frisco, Texas 75034.
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