Paul Ray Burchfield, 71 | Lawrenceville Daily Record
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Paul Ray Burchfield, 71

Posted on July 19, 2021


SUMNER — Paul Ray Burchfield, age 71 of Sumner, passed away suddenly Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital.

He was born March 26, 1950 in Vincennes, Indiana, to Lee E. and Rita Joan (Guinn) Burchfield. Paul married Charlotte Johnson on Oct. 7, 2000 at Shiloh Baptist Church in Bridgeport.

After college, Paul was a farmhand working for a few different farmers. He transitioned into working on John Deere tractors and fell in love with John Deere. He became a truck driver and worked for Wayne’s Trucking off and on for over 15 years. Paul retired as a diesel mechanic working on big rigs, but soon returned to doing what he loved.

Paul was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church where he played guitar and sang in specials. He enjoyed spending time with his church family and going on mission trips, including one to Costa Rica.

He loved spending time with his very large family going on outings and doing large get togethers. Paul Ray would do anything for anyone and spent his free time helping out his family and working on their vehicles as well. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be sorely missed.

Surviving family includes: both parents, Lee and Rita Burchfield of Illinois; his wife, Charlotte Burchfield of Illinois; two daughters, Penny Mercer and her husband Ray of Florida; and Charity Frizzell and her husband Tim of Illinois; six step-children, Elsie Glosser of Missouri; Natascha Higginbotham of Alabama; Hope Autebury and her husband John of Illinois; George Slawson and his wife Alexis of Missouri; Robert Slawson of Illinois; and Chasity Hough and her husband Terry of Illinois; two grandsons, Jacob Mercer and his wife Stevi of Illinois; and Samuel Frizzell; three granddaughters, Abby, Claire and Emma Frizzell; two brothers, Mark Burchfield and his wife Melinda of Missouri; and Carl Burchfield and his wife Caroline of Illinois; four sisters, Julia Walker of Indiana; Pamela Barber and her husband Robin of Florida; Eva Fleming of Illinois; and Nanette Dunn and her husband Gerald of Illinois; as well as many great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service for Paul R. Burchfield will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Shiloh Baptist Church in Bridgeport.

Burial will follow later at Pollard Cemetery.

A visitation will be held Monday evening at Cunningham Funeral Home in Bridgeport from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Cunningham Funeral Homes will be assisting the family.

Memorial contributions can be made to Shiloh Baptist Church Good Samaritan Purse either directly or through the funeral home.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at

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