Archie R. Gurkin

May 29, 1920 - May 14, 2010

05/29/1920 - 05/14/2010

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Friday May 21, 2010
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Archie R. Gurkin

Chesapeake-Archie R. Gurkin, 90, died Friday, May 14, 2010. Mr. Gurkin was born in Pinetown, NC to the late James and Martha Cutler Gurkin. He served in the US Army during WWII and was a Pearl Harbor survivor and recipient the Puple Heart. Mr. Gurkin was a member of the VFW Post 4809 and the DAV Post 26. He was predeceased by his wife of 57 yrs. Margarite Gurkin; sons Robert A.K. Gurkin Sr. and George A.P. Gurkin; son-in-law Roger T. Fantom.
Survivors include his daughter Ricky Ann Fantom; daughter-in-laws Millie Gurkin and Myong Gurkin. Five grandchildren and ten great grandchildren; and a very close and loving friend, Diane Griggs.
A memorial service with military honors will be held on Friday at 12 pm at A.G. Horton Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Suffolk. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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Ken Morgan
8 years ago

Forgive my belated condolences to Ricky and her family.

Charles B. Latham, Jr
8 years ago

It is with both sadness and joy that we say goodbye to Uncle Archie. Sadness because we have lost him, but joy because Heaven has gained him and he has run his race. Our prayers are with you for the Lord to comfort you, in encouragement for hope in the ressurection, and for the contentment so richly deserved for a life so well lived. Love, Charles and Lisa Latham.

LillianLeeLatham Spence
8 years ago

May the Lord be with the family in this time of loss,Great Uncle Archie was a wonderful man and he will be missed by all.

He always made me feel loved and I always loved to see him at our family reunions,so very glad he was able to come to the last one in Aug.2009.

Ricky you are in my familys prays.God Bless You

Rita Latham Brown
8 years ago

Ricky & Family

I don”t have to tell you what kind of MAN your father was.All of us that grew up knowing him no that he was one wonderful MAN.

He will be greatly missed by us all.


Anne Bell Beck
8 years ago

Ricky and family,

I am so glad that I visited with you and your daddy two weeks ago today. It had been a long time since I’d seen both of you. May God comfort you at this time of sadness and in the days and months ahead. Ricky, you were a wonderful daughter to both your mom and dad and wonderful wife to Roger. God bless you and comfort you.

Love you,