Martin Burks

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Martin Burks is the general manager of J.F. Bell Funeral Home and the president of the Jefferson School Community Partnership.[1] He is also one of the managing partners for the Jefferson School City Center.[2]

Burks was the recipient of the 2011 Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award, the most prestigious honor presented by the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce[3].


Burks was born in Charlottesville, where he graduated from Lane High School. He later attended the University of Richmond, where he studied economics, and Central Michigan University, where he earned a master's in administration. He also received an associate degree in funeral service from John Tyler College[3].

Burks is married to Deborah Bell Burks and has one son. He attends First Baptist Church on West Main Street, and resides in Albemarle County[3].

Community Service

Burks is currently chairman of the Jefferson School Foundation board, fundraising chairman for 100 Black Men of Central Virginia, and serves on the Charlottesville Fire Department EMS Advisory Committee and the Albemarle Social Services Advisory Board. He is a former president of the Dogwood Festival Board of Directors[3].


  1. Provence, Lisa. "Jefferson School Giveaway: Can Charlottesville Get It Right This Time?" The HooK. 12 Aug. 2010. Web. <>.
  2. "Managing Partners." Jefferson School City Center. 19 Oct. 2009. Web. <>.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Web. Burks gets Chamber of Commerce's highest honor, Samantha Koon and Bryan McKenzie, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, November 30, 2011, retrieved December 1, 2011. Print. December 1, 2011 page A1.