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Phillip David Burleson
1997-2022

Phillip David Burleson, age 25, of Marion went home to be with the Lord Sunday, November 20,
2022, unexpectedly.

Phillip was born January 19, 1997, in Marion to Patrick Ryan Burleson of Marion, NC and Crystal
Renee Penland of Canada.

Phillip was born and raised in Marion. Growing up he was very involved in weightlifting and
weightlifting competitions. At age 14, Phillip competed in the Regional Weightlifting Championship
Tournament in Morganton, where he won 1 st place in squats, 1 st place in dead lift, and 2nd place in
bench press. As Phillip got older, his passion became music and playing guitar. Phillip was a good
father, son, grandson, and friend. He had a big heart and loved animals. He was a rescuer and
would help anyone in need. He would go hungry to help another. Phillip’s final act was to give the
gift of life through organ, eye, and tissue donation.

In addition to his parents, those left behind to cherish Phillip’s memory are one son, Desmond
Burleson; one step-son, Rylan Blair; one step-daughter, Arlynn Carver; paternal grandmother,
Rebecca Hall (Thomas); paternal grandfather, Kenneth Lee Burleson (Patrisha); maternal

grandfather, Kurl Keith Penland; maternal grandmother, Shirley Smith; three siblings, Lily Nguyen,
Berrett Burleson, and Ciara Clark; four aunts; four uncles; and numerous cousins.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 26, 2022, in the
chapel of Westmoreland Funeral Home in Marion. A funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm at the
funeral home with Dr. Eric Grindstaff officiating. Interment will follow the service at McDowell
Memorial Park.

Westmoreland Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  Fond memories and
expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.westmorelandfuneralhome.com.