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Martin Hawse Burgess

December 13, 1943 ~ January 11, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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Martin Burgess Obituary

Martin Hawse Burgess passed away in the presence of his loving wife on January 11, 2024 at his home in Washington, Georgia. Martin was a lifelong resident of Wilkes County as he was born in his home on December 13, 1943. He was preceded in death by his parents J.C. and Mary Burgess, his brother John Burgess, and his son in law, William Marks Towles III. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Janet Leard Burgess, daughters Mandy Marable (Brent), Molly Towles, and Maria Walker (Joel) five grandchildren Jack Durham and John David Marable, Scout Regan and Robin Kathryn Walker, and William Marks Towles IV, siblings Betty Lane, Charlie Burgess (Dena), Donnie Burgess (Beverly), and Kathy Cheek and numerous nieces and nephews.

Martin's passion for the outdoors was evident in his over 50-year career. Beginning with Murphy and Company, he later became Co-Owner of Leard's Nursery and Garden Center in 1971. His dedication to bringing joy to others shone brightly as he delivered Christmas trees and set up holiday surprises for families in his community. In 1990, he founded J. & M. Landscaping and Maintenance, serving as the owner and CEO, further beautifying the world around him.

A true family man, Martin's love for his kin was matched only by his love for his community and church. His warm presence was felt by many, as he enjoyed visiting with friends and welcoming new ones during his drives around town. An avid cook, Martin delighted in grilling and barbecuing for others, always willing to share a meal and a laugh.

Martin's service extended beyond his personal and professional life. He was a dedicated member of Washington First Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday School with devotion. His involvement with the Washington Wilkes Tiger Club, where he served in various roles including President, showcased his love for local sports and youth programs. Martin's faith was also reflected in his long-standing membership with Washington First Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon, Chairman of the Pre-Kindergarten, and taught the Friendship Class Sunday School for 40 years.

His commitment to service was recognized through numerous accolades, including Lion of the Year for 1974-75, Friend of 4-H in 1995 alongside his wife, Friend of Youth Award for the Optimist Club of Washington in 1999, and the Honorary Chapter Farmer of the FFA.

Services will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2024 with visitation at 1 p.m. followed by a Celebration of Life at 2 p.m. at the Washington First Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Washington First Methodist,  P.O. Box 518, Washington, GA 30673 or to the Georgia 4-H Foundation, 306 Hoke Smith Annex, Athens, GA 30606 or online at

Beggs Funeral Home, Lincolnton is honored to serve the family of Mr. Martin Hawse Burgess.





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January 16, 2024

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Washington First Methodist Church
102 West Liberty St
Washington, GA 30673

Celebration of Life
January 16, 2024

2:00 PM
Washington First Methodist Church
102 West Liberty St
Washington, GA 30673


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