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“My uncle John Meyers sponsored Don'l. I have many fond memories of hm and the Orlando Raceway. He is missed. ”
1 of 22 | Posted by: Matthew Modesitt - Fort Wayne, IN

“Miss you Grandpa ”
2 of 22 | Posted by: Shelli - Apopka, FL

“Christmas is here Grandpa and in my heart I know you are too. When I think about the true meaning of Christmas I think about Sandy Lane sitting in...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Shelli - Apopka, FL

“I miss you grandpa and you were the strongest man that I knew and you still are and my favorite memory was me you and granny at Halloween in your...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: riley creech - clermont, FL

“I know that Don'L will be missd by all. When Johnny was alive and we got to go to the races after his health had failed. He always had a good time...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Lou N. White - Leesburg, FL

“Sending prayers your way ”
6 of 22 | Posted by: Harry F Scott Jr - Clayton, GA

“Marylou and family was sorry to read of Don'l's passing. My prayers are with all. ”
7 of 22 | Posted by: Gale Kresin ( Waldron) - Oviedo, FL

“Don'L you will be greatly missed their has been so many good memories over the last 50 years that I have know you the race track were we had most of...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Irene Freshour - Madisonville, TN

“Uncle Don'l, I honestly cannot think of anyone who is as tough as you. I'm going to miss you dearly. I remember when I was little we use to talk on...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: Kaitlyn Henderson - Bushnell, FL

“Uncle Don'L, my very favorite uncle.. I love you from the bottom of my heart, and I will always miss you. I will never forget going to Chastains with...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Aimee Burkhalter Henderson - FL

“Daddy tomorrow isn't going be easy I'm gonna try my best to have the strength to fulfill your wishes of not wanting everyone sitting around crying...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Donetta Roberts - Groveland, FL

“Leave a condolence or a memory. ”
12 of 22 | Posted by: Denice Olson Holton & Benny Ray Holton - FL

“To my favorite uncle. You always made me feel special. Every Sunday morning at Orange Baptist Church you encouraged Cindy Lou and myself to sing in...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Tonya Burkhalter Stormes - KY

“I was a child hood friend of Donetta and lived across the street...One of the greatest memories I have is coming back from a race one night. All of...Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: Jill Horn-Tew - Dunn, NC

“Don'l, I am so glad I got to know you. If it wasn't for the Tomlinson/Crawford Reunion I may not have. You made me feel like family from the first...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Carol Tomlinson - Groveland, FL

“Don'l you were like a Dad to me as a matter of fact u were my second dad. It was always fun being around you and mom when we came to visit and u...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Roxanne Broecker - Minneola, FL

“My fondest memories of my Uncle Don'l, (A.K.A.)Burkie. One memory was when Uncle Don'l took the time and had the patience to try and teach me how to...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Trina Burkhalter Tucker - Orlando, FL

“Sorry for ur loss. Keeping u all n prayer. I know ull never be alone because he will always be with u n ur hearts. And he will always be watching...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: sandy clark - clermont, FL

“sincere condolecenses to family. he was a great man . he will be sorely missed. ”
19 of 22 | Posted by: connie price - minneola, FL

“You will be missed.... ”
20 of 22 | Posted by: Brooklyn Evans - Bartow, FL

“Grandpa you will be missed! The lessons in life, love and happiness were the morals you were able to instill not only to your kids but to us...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: Melvin Burkhalter (III) (Donnie) - FL

“Don'L will be greatly missed. I can remeber him singing and sometimes a little dance :) to "Trailers for sale or rent" while working at New World...Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: Dorothy Burkhalter

Melvin Don'l Burkhalter of Groveland passed away June 16, 2013 at Mike Conley Hospice House in Clermont. Born in Orlando, he owned and operated a paint and body shop in Orlando and later in Groveland. He was a member of Midway Baptist Church. Melvin loved racing his #31 race car throughout the Southeast, and holds the track record at New Smyrna Speedway to this day.
Melvin is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Loretta, of Groveland; five children, Donetta Roberts of Groveland, Don'l, Jr. of Groveland, Willie II of Apopka, Chuck of Groveland and Cindy Lou McDaniels of Groveland; brothers Billy of Apopka, Robert of Zellwood and Ralph of Clermont; sister Mary Lou Huber of Orlando; 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.