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Bob Burkhalter
  • July 27, 1925
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  • February 15, 2017

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Bob Burkhalter, age 91, New Smyrna Beach, after a long and amazingly fulfilling and wonderful life, passed away at his home in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Bob was born on July 27, 1925 in Athens, Alabama to John and Emma Burkhalter and had 7 brothers and sisters. Bob attended Vanderbilt University where he received his undergraduate degree in business. He  received his law degree at Emory School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1953 he married Betty Estes Carson of Nashville, Tennessee and they moved to Orlando, Florida where Bob accepted a position with ACI Insurance Company. After Bob retired, he and Betty moved from Orlando to New Smyrna Beach.   Betty passed away in 1998 and Bob married Zayne Sibley of New Smyrna Beach on July 26, 1999.  Bob always spoke of how blessed he was to have had two loves in his life, and how happy he was to have met Zayne. In the last months of his life, Zayne was always there for him, providing love, care and support. Bob is survived by his second wife, Zayne Sibley Burkhalter, her son Brett Sibley, his girlfriend, Candace Beu and their daughter Bella.  Bob and Betty had two children, Steve and Sally. Steve and his wife Harriet, their three daughters, Lauren Burkhalter, Whitney Bounds and her husband Hunter Bounds and Caroline Burkhalter and her fiancé Eric Templeton. Bob and Betty’s daughter, Sally Shaffer and her husband Lindy, and Sally’s daughter, Megan Febrega, her husband Carlos Fabrega, and Sally’s son John Tyler Aldridge.  Bob had three great grandchildren, Isla Ricigliano, Carlos Fabrega, Jr and Evan Fabrega.

Funeral services will be held at St. Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church, 4220 Saxon Drive in New Smyrna Beach, Florida on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm.

And if you knew Bob really well you’d know that right now he would be saying , “I have to go now, I’m double parked!”


St Peter the Fisherman Episcop

Date & Time:
February 21, 2017 at 2:00 PM

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  1. Spencer and Kayla Hathaway says:
    20 Feb 2017
    Our deepest condolences. God bless the Burkhalter family.

  2. Jennifer Johnson & Todd Perry says:
    17 Feb 2017
    He was such a sweet man and loved by many!
    With love and warm regards, Jennifer Johnson & Todd Perry

  3. John Steel says:
    17 Feb 2017
    The Steel family sends our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences to Zayne and the entire Burkhalter clan. Bob was a one of a kind and I am grateful to have shared time with Bob back in the day. He was my first mentor in the insurance business at ACI and people today in our business still talk about Bob, the true Southern gentlemen. Thanks Bob for the found memories.

    John Steel

  4. Don, Sandy, Mitchell & Kendell McMichael says:
    17 Feb 2017
    Bob's family.....Bob was a wonderful person with a great sense of humor. I enjoyed working with him in the Orlando office and there truly was never a dull moment! I spoke to him several weeks ago and he maintained that jovial persona even with his health failing. You are in my thoughts and prayers and I hope you find peace and comfort in the memories of one remarkable man.

  5. John Aldridge says:
    17 Feb 2017
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Favorite memory with Bob. After an awesome meal by BB, long walks on the beach with Bob. Cap on, tennis ball bouncing. I learned a lot and Bob was a great listener.

  6. Shannon Harbeson says:
    16 Feb 2017
    What a beautiful obituary for a loving husband,Dad, grandfather, friend. He had a good life! And now an everlasting life in heaven!

  7. Rachel says:
    16 Feb 2017
    With Deepest Sympathy,
    May He who watches over all, send joy and comfort in your times of sorrow. Bob was the sweetest man always wearing the greatest smile! He was my favorite Mon DeLice 'regular' customer and always spoke highly of his granddaughters!

    My thoughts and prayers are with his family,
    Rachel Johnson
    -NSB, FL

  8. Kristen Karaffa Strum says:
    16 Feb 2017
    Thoughts and prayers to the whole family! I always enjoyed seeing Bob on our family vacations to NSB! ❤️❤️❤️

  9. Ward and Laura Berg says:
    16 Feb 2017
    Our prayers are with you all during this difficult time of grief.

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