Charles Newell Burch ’31

Charles Newell Burch ’31, of Memphis, Tenn., passed away on Sept. 26, 2009. Burch was born on Aug. 25, 1910, in Memphis.

After graduating from Davidson, Burch married Catherine Gifford in 1952. Through a charitable organization they founded and operated, known as the Christian Fellowship for the Visually Impaired, the couple taught Bible classes for the visually challenged for many years at Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, where the couple attended their entire adult life.

The Burches also taught Bible classes in city and county jails, and supported numerous charitable organizations with monthly contributions.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 1997, and the couple had no children. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Chloe Burch, who was his only close relative.