He was born in Elizabethton and was preceded in death by Granny Burrow and his parents, Catherine and Frank Burrow of Elizabethton.
He was survived by his soul mate, Judy Black of Sevierville; daughters: Robin Pulsifer and Amy Burrow, both of Osterville, Mass. and Chrissy Burrow of New York; son, Shane Burrow of Winchester, Va.; brothers: Johnny Brogdan of Cleveland and Roderick Burrow of Salisbury, Mass.; grandson, Ethan Pulsifer of Osterville; granddaughter, Keelan Mae Burrow of Winchester; many extended family members including Janel and Tracy Bradley of Cleveland; Eric Todd and Tammy Black, both of Calhoun; Danny and Annette Black of Charleston and Ashley, Tyler and Tanner Black.
He served in the United States Army as a Green Beret and was honored for his service in Vietnam. Professionally, he worked in Washington D.C. at the Smithsonian as a horticulturalist for many years. Prior to his death, he worked at Woodlands Condominiums in Gatlinburg and was highly respected for his professional knowledge and was proud of the many friendships he made there.
He enjoyed playing the guitar, listening to music, dancing and attending concerts. He also enjoyed traveling, riding his motorcycle, writing, and spending time in his Japanese garden.
He never met a stranger, loved telling jokes and making people laugh and was remembered as a stand up guy.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 4 p.m. at his home Saturday, May 26, 2012.
In lieu of flowers, the family has set up a memorial fund at Mountain National Bank in Seymour, Tenn. to assist in medical bills.
Donations may be sent to the Fred J. Burrow Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 861, Seymour TN, 37865. Arrangements by Cremation Options, Inc. (865) 6WE-CARE (693-2273) www.cremationoptionsinc.com.