February 26th , 2013 12:34 pm Leave a comment

Former STAR reporter Steve Burwick dies

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From Staff Reports

Former Elizabethton STAR reporter Steve Burwick died Sunday, Feb. 24, after a short battle with cancer.

Burwick worked at the newspaper from October 2005 to August 2011 before leaving the STAR to accept a position with the Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce.

Burwick, who was currently employed with Warren Lamb and Associates, had been battling a brain tumor.

Burwick was a 2005 graduate of Milligan College, where he earned a degree in communication/journalism.

In addition, Burwick worked as a photographer for the STAR from 1989 to 1994.

He and his wife, Debbie, had been married since Oct. 28, 1989. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, April and Chris Chatman, and two grandsons, Jesse James Chatman and Marshall Colton Chatman.

During his time with the Elizabethton STAR, Burwick worked as the Carter County reporter. He covered county government as well as the ongoing effort of the Watauga River Regional Water Authority to bring water to far-flung points in the county.

Last December, representatives from the WRRWA presented Burwick with a plaque thanking him for his years of service.

“For your years of professionalism covering news for Watauga River Regional Water Authority, we would like to thank you for your contributions to our company and the community,” said WRRWA Chairman Johnny Mills as he presented Burwick with the award.

In addition, Burwick wrote a column, “Ponderings,” for the newspaper for several years.

His final “Ponderings” column, which was published Sept. 11, 2012, reflected on his cancer diagnosis.

“None of us has a clue when we will take our last breath,” he wrote. “Like the words of the Tim McGraw song, each of us ought to savor every moment and ‘live like we were dying.’ Seriously, life is meant to be lived as an adventure! Why do we waste our time over trivial pursuits and petty grievances? We were placed upon this earth for a deeper purpose. I hope to be open to every opportunity to encourage others, to make people laugh, to be a witness to the power of God in my life … to live in the moment, without regrets.”

Arrangements will be announced at a later date.

Steve Burwick

Steve Burwick

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