Miss Melissa Burgeson, 47

Melissa Leslie Burgeson, 47, of Woodbury, TN passed away at Northeast Georgia Medical Center on Friday, April 6, 2018.


Born on July 22, 1970 in Murfreesboro, TN, Melissa was the daughter of the late Leslie William and Doris June Smith Burgeson. Melissa was a loving daughter, sister and aunt who will be greatly missed. She was of the Christian faith.


In addition to her parents, Melissa was preceded in death by several aunts and uncles.
Melissa is survived by her brother, William Uriah Burgeson of Murfreesboro, TN; sister, Monica Hemmerich of Woodbury, TN and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and other relatives.


Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, GA  30504 is in charge of arrangements.


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Condolences 27
Brooks L. Benton 2018-04-07 15:16:42
I have known Miss Burgeson for approximately 8 years. Miss Burgeson was a hard worker who believed in helping people and completing the job. She was not a complainer or disrupter. We pray for you during your time of bereavement and ask God to cover you all with his comfort during this time.
Your Friends At L.A.S.P. 2018-04-07 21:49:05
Miss Melissa Burgeson(Papi), Your friendship and Kindness will be missed. You were a bright light in a dark place. Football season will not be the same without you. All of the cats that you took care of really miss you. Rest in Peace,Papi. You will be missed. Your Sister lifer's and Cats at Lee Arrendale S.P.
Brandi Holland 2018-04-08 04:56:14
My prayers and sympathy is with the family of Melissa she was a great friend of mine the years I spent with her I hope that you all can rest assured knowing that she was a great woman of God and that she is now in the promised land the streets paved with gold
Billy 2018-04-08 08:58:10
We will miss you baby sister
Jamon King 2018-04-08 09:36:57
May u suffer no more aunt Missy!! I love u an will miss u greatly. For never got to spend much time with u. U are free an pain free. Fly high. RIP AUNT MISSY!
Teresa McQuaide 2018-04-08 10:56:46
I'm so sorry for your loss. You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers.
Angela Haughton 2018-04-08 18:39:33
I loved Melissa like a part of my family. I was her Mental Health counselor and friend at LASP. She and I had a special bond and my heart is hurting today. She is free in heaven now! She wanted to get out of prison to be with her family. But, God had another plan. She is at peace now.
Memory Yanno 2018-04-08 20:54:40
Prayers and fond memories are what have to remember Missy , I will miss her.May the love of family and friends comfort her family during these difficult days, my most heartfelt condolences.
Rebecca Johnson 2018-04-09 09:30:01
I'm sorry for your loss
Beth Tessmer 2018-04-09 17:07:27
I remember Melissa as one of the funniest people and she loved to laugh. I am also sending condolences from Inez and Shirley Anne.
Bryant and Carol Neal 2018-04-09 20:13:20
I know your pain and I feel your sorrow... Keep your heads up and if we can help at all, don't hesitate to reach out...
Dianne 2018-04-10 00:02:34
I send my deepest sympathy to the family. May you hold on to all of the memories you have of your loved one. Please know that God will rid mankind of the pain and sufferings we experience. Isaiah 25:8
Ron Hutchinson 2018-04-10 08:36:15
She is with her mom now may they Rest In Peace
Virginia Tinsley 2018-04-10 10:38:52
I got to know Melissa through Kairos Prison Ministry. I have heard from many people about what a positive influence she was in the prison. She could be counted on to be honest and faithful. Inmates, staff, and volunteers will miss her steady presence. Melissa, you are free at last.
Inside Georgia Prisons 2018-04-10 13:14:21
Although we never met, it is clear that you will be missed, we pray for peace and comfort for your loved ones left behind and hope they take solace in the joy you must be experiencing now that you are free with your Heavenly father.
Monica Hemmerich 2018-04-10 22:29:24
Rest in peace Missy .. You will be missed!! To all who have reached out to us .. Thank you.. I've learned that Missy was loved by many and I know that she loved each of us deeply and sincerely... She touched a lot of people and each of those people left something with her that she carried with her everyday... Your kind words and prayers are much appreciated and to me a testament of who Missy was... Our family finds solace in knowing that she's back in mom's arms and free and I can see her smiling in my minds eyes... I hold on to that ... I hope you all find comfort in that thought as well... Thank you...
Joe 2018-04-11 05:27:42
A sad day. I will always remember you as a sweet kid with a great sense of humor. My deepest sympathy and condolences to your friends and family. Rest in peace cousin Missy.
Ruth Vaiden 2018-04-11 13:37:37
My deepest sympathy to the family. I'll never forget how she helped me adjust and cope. I'll always remember her smile and positive outlook on everyone and everything.A loss to everyone that knew her.
Angela Tip Dillard and Felicia Maynor 2018-04-12 22:43:55
Praying for peace to rest upon you - sister's from Pulaski prison.
Bonnie 2018-04-23 20:16:08
My condolences for the family and friends of "poppie" not papp or whatever I read above. I lived with her in E-1 from 4-18-16 until 1-15-18. And although she was quite the loner in the dorm, (except during football) she noticed me only a couple days after I was there, my daddy passed. In her way she expressed her understanding. Quietly. Some time later she started giving me bible devotionals, the good ones only certain women can get a hold of. She came down everyday and drank her coffee and read devotions at the table across from me. She was a woman of few words. So one morning when we were out only her and me maybe 1 or 2 others the officer called her to retrieve mail she had missed from the night before. I went on reading when I was startled by a loud moan and sob from her, she almost fell to her knees. She made it to the table. I left her alone. She was gasping for breath. I still stayed seated and at a distance. Finally she let me know it's ok to come over. So the letter was from her victims family! I'm not sure of the contacts but from there on out. We had an unspoken friendship. Thank God for forgiveness folks. R.I.P. poppies. Your kitties are fine. Psalm 23 I read and was reminded of her 2 day.
Monica 2018-04-27 15:04:34
Bonnie... I'm Melissa's sister... Just wanted to say thank you for sharing... I believe.. with your few words.. that you knew her well.. I know she thought of y'all like family... She had a heart like no other... Big as she was!!! I've been wondering about her kitties.. It comforts me to know they're ok... God Bless you!!
Brittany ferguson 2018-05-09 11:41:13
She was the best friend I've ever had, I could talk to her about anything and everything and I miss her dearly
Beverly Savage 2018-06-03 12:55:44
I knew Melissa as a teenager. She was sweet. I was sorry many years ago when I heard what happened. Her mother that raised her was a hard working and kind woman. There is an article in the Macon Telegraph today. The victims mother forgave her. That's wonderful peace.
Carolyn Terry 2018-06-03 15:08:04
I just saw today that Melissa had passed away. I only knew her from the crime and keeping up with the trial. To know her now through each of the words written above gives me new perspective in to people who make mistakes and sometimes make huge mistakes. Rest in peace Poppie. Free at last and I only learned of your passing because your victims mother was interviewed. She can't stop crying at the loss of your life so young. She had forgiven and was hoping you would be able to be free one day. God is good. Fly high!
Jerry Butler 2018-06-06 01:51:48
Let's remember Keith Young as we discuss Melissa. Anything else would be an outrage.
Wyndi Wilkes 2018-12-09 10:26:46
Melissa was a changed person who offered the best advice to the younger girls in the prison. She walked in integrity each day and had finally found a way to forgive herself for her past. I know without a doubt that Melissa is in Heaven and even though I would have loved seeing her free out here I know she is free in Heaven. Football was sad for me this year and your love for the cats I carry with me too. RIP my beautiful friend I love you and miss you
Jazmine Edwards 2021-10-15 18:32:42
I knew her in prison as poppi. She was very good to me. I miss her very much. She is a beautiful person inside and out.
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