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Ollie Mae Burkes Sunrise February 13, 1940  Sunset January 1 2018 Our Lord called Ollie Mae from labor to reward on Monday, January 1,2018 at her home in Safety Harbor,FL.   She was born in her hometown of Safety Harbor, FL to the late Wesley and Peter James (PJ) Davis. Ollie Mae attended local public schools in Pinellas County. During high school, she was crowned Miss Pinellas High School in 1957. After attending Edward Waters College, Jacksonville, FL, she relocated home and worked as a social worker for the Pinellas Opportunity Council. Ollie Mae was employed at  Red Lobster Restaurant and retired after 30 years as a food service worker. She was certainly known for her culinary and hospitality talents.  Ollie Mae was a member of St Paul AME Church, Safety Harbor, FL since childhood. She served as a Steward and on many auxiliary boards in the church. She leaves to cherish her memories but mourn her passing, sons: Patrick, Christopher, David , Jerrod, and Peter Burkes, all of Safety Harbor, FL. Daughters: Theresa Purnell (Larry), Gainesville, FL and Ruth Austin Largo, FL Brothers: John (Earnestine) of Silver Spring, MD; Lloyd (Doris) of Washington, DC; Harry, Safety Harbor, FL , Nathaniel of San Antonio, TX, and Michael of Naples, FL. Sister: Maxine Coleman, St Petersburg, FL Seven Grandchildren and Two Great Grandchildren; Three Paternal Uncles and Two Paternal Aunts,   and One Maternal Aunt, A Special Cousin, Carrie Bell Ransom and many devoted nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Preceding her in death, parents Wesley and PJ Davis (1996), brother Edgar Lee Davis (1993), sister Shirley Sullivan (2011) and brother Melvin Brooks (2012) Funeral services Saturday, January 6, 2018 1:00 pm  with visitation 10:00 am til 1:00 pm all services at St Paul AME Church 719 Butler Street, Safety Harbor, FL 34695. Smith-Young Funeral Home & Cremation Services. 


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  • Thursday, January 04, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Smith-Youngs FH
  • Thursday, January 04, 2018
    Condolences to the family, especially to my Spiritual Sister, Theresa. We enjoyed having your mother to come visit with us at Mt. Olive AME Church and her beautiful gesture of sending those wonderful homemade loaf cakes to members of the church. I know your heart is heavy, but please know that we as a church family and individually have been praying for you. God is with you. We love you.
    ~ Annetta McCloud   Newberry, FL
  • Thursday, January 04, 2018
    Our prayers are with the family and my sister, Theresa Purnell. It was a joy to meet you mother when she visited Mt. Olive A.M.E. Gainesvilles, and she had a Holy Ghost fill time. Remember, weeping my endure for a night, but joy will come in the morning. We know that you will miss your mother, but know that she is resting in the bosom of Jesus. We love you and will continue to keep you in our prayers.
    ~ Lisa Darling   Gainesville, FL
  • Friday, January 05, 2018
    To a special person who will be missed by everyone.
    ~ Elizabeth Wiggins   Rochester, NY
  • Saturday, January 06, 2018
    Dear Burkes Family, I want to express my sincere condolence. Almighty God provides comfort in the Bible at 2Corinthians1:3-4. Revelation 21:3-5 states a positive hope for the future on earth. God states at Isaiah 55:11; ' So my word that goes out of my mouth will be. It will not return to me without results. And it will have sure success in what I send it to do.' May these scriptures comfort your family and friends.
    ~ T. Ponder   FL
  • Friday, January 05, 2018
    I'm sorry for your loss, but she was a wonderful person and mother to me as well. My throught and prayers are with you guys always.
    ~ Ann Clemons-Dixon/The Dixon Family   Hudson, FL
  • Monday, January 08, 2018
    So sorry for your loss. I remember Ollie Mae at Pinellas High School. She was a beautiful person and enjoyable.
    ~ Dorothy L. Harris Wallace   Denver, CO
  • Friday, January 26, 2018
    Theresa, we deeply feel for what you and the family are going through. Please accept and transmit to the rest of the family our sincere condolences. At times, there isn't much that can soothe the pain this grief brings, but you may find some comfort in the words of Psalms 9:9 which reads: "Jehovah will become a secure refuge for the oppressed, A secure refuge in times of distress." Yes, our Loving God can help if we allow him to (1John 5:14). He also has made the SURE promise of a resurrection right here on earth, when it is restored to a Paradise (Acts 24:15; Psalms 37:9-11,29). No, not just a dream, but for a certainty he will do it, for Isaiah 55:11 shows us that eyverything he says, he accomplishes without fail.