BURGE, Sheila Jan Key

Sheila Jan Key Burge

Birth: May 4, 1956
Death: October 18, 2013


Sheila Jan Key Burge, 57, a resident of Malvern passed away Friday, October 18, 2013 at her residence.

Funeral services will be 11 am Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in Sunset Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ed Onley and Rev. Paul Edenfield officiating. Burial will follow in Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery with Robert Byrd directing.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10 am to 11 am Wednesday.

Sheila was born May 4, 1956 in Houston County and attended Dothan High School. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. She was a very loving mother and grandmother, sister, aunt and wife, was a Christian that led by example and never held a grudge. She was preceded in death by her father James Key and her son Brent Burge.

Survivors include her daughter Brooke Burge Mark; grandchildren, Ayden Danielle Noblitt and Cameron Alexander Noblitt; mother Peggy Key; mother-in-law Hattie Burge; brothers, Dan Key Kim and Dennis Key Brenda; sisters, Paula Bostic Mike, Sharon Hutton, and Sonya Killingsworth Ricky; a sister-in-law Cathy Hinesely Wally; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Source: View Obituary on SunsetMemorialPark.com

Criminal Details

Rickey Stokes – October 18, 2013 5:03 PM

VICTIMS IDENTIFIED – Apparent Murder – Suicide: BREAKING NEWS: Incident On Going In Malvern

MALVERN: Multiple law enforcement officers and emergency vehicles on College Street ion Malvern.

The area is sealed. Geneva County Sheriff Deputies, Alabama State Troopers, Houston County Sheriff Deputies, and Slocomb Rescue are on the scene.

We are getting mixed information on the situation. UNCONFIRMED to the exact details of the situation.

Matt Boster is responding for RSN.

UPDATED: Matt is on the scene. Multiple Law Enforcement Officers are on the scene. Geneva County Sheriff Greg Ward is also on the scene. We will update soon.

UPDATED By MARTY: I did call Tony Helms Chief Deputy with the Geneva County Sheriff’s Office. He advised that the woman who lives at the residence had not shown up for work. The lady was spoken to last night. The daughter went to check on her and the daughter thought she may have heard a gunshot while attempting to check on her. Tony Helms advised that no one knows anything at this time. We will update if further information develops.


Dothan Police Department has dispatched the bomb truck to the scene to use the robot on the scene. The bomb robot is equipped with video equipment where it can be remotely sent into a situation and viewed from a safe distance in order to keep manpower safe.

We will update.


At 7:26 PM Dothan Police robot breached the door of the house. Media members heard what they thought was flash bangs, but it was the robot breaching the door of the residence.

Through the robot and video surveillance of the robot, law enforcement officers were able to locate the male body in the residence. He was deceased.

The Special Response Team Officers then entered the residence where a female body was found inside the residence.

There is no indication of any outside foul play. Geneva County Sheriff Deputies are conducting a detailed investigation into the facts and circumstances. The crime scene is worked in detail, as all crime scenes.

However, at this time all indication is the deaths are the result of a murder – suicide.

The Geneva County Sheriff Department and Geneva County Sheriff Greg Ward were assisted by Alabama State Troopers, Houston County Sheriff Department, Dothan Police Department and Geneva County Coroner Hagler Ward. Also on the scene, Slocomb Rescue and Malvern Rescue.

Geneva County 911 Central, who handles most agencies emergency communications in Geneva County, job well done in the communications and emergency operation communications.

Sheriff Ward said the investigation will continue and thanks to all agencies for their assistance. His prayers are with the family of a tragic situation.

UPDATED @ 10:49 PM

The victims are identified as Russell and Sheila Burge of College Street in Malvern. This came from family members and not law enforcement sources. Ms. Burge was 57 years old and we do not know the exact age of Mr. Burge.

Prayers go out to the family of the Burge family. We have walked in your shoes. Always look up. Your community, family, friends and church family will be lifting you up in prayers

Source: View RickeyStokesNews.com Article

Criminal Details

TSC – Monday, October 21, 2013

Police Robot Locates Bodies Of Couple

“MALVERN, AL — A Geneva County couple was found dead in their home late Friday, the apparent victims of murder/suicide. Family members identified them as Russell and Sheila Burge. Public records show Sheila was 57 years old while Russell’s age was not immediately known.

“Law enforcement surrounded the home in Malvern about 5:00 p.m. Friday after a person, believed to be a family member, heard a shot while approaching the home. The bodies were found a few hours later after a mechanical robot was dispatched inside the home. Officers did not immediately enter the College Street residence because they were not sure whether a hostage situation existed. “Family members at the scene said the couple had recent domestic issues. One member said had been depressed the past few weeks and may have tried to take his life a few days ago. That was not immediately confirmed by law enforcement. “Geneva County Sheriff Greg Ward said investigators will remain on the scene for a period of time though there is no reason to believe anyone else was involved in the double shooting. It’s believed that Russell killed his wife then turned the gun on himself.”

From dothanfirst.com

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Criminal Details

Staff Reports – Oct 22, 2013 Updated Oct 22, 2013

Malvern murder-suicide inquiry closed

Geneva County Sheriff Greg Ward called the investigation into a fatal shooting last week in the Malvern community a murder-suicide.

Ward said sheriff’s investigators determined 56-year-old Russell Burge fatally shot his wife, 57-year-old Sheila Burge, sometime Thursday night. He also said investigators learned Russell Burge apparently turned the gun on himself the next afternoon, right around the same time the couple’s daughter arrived at the home.

“When she was beating on the window she heard the gunshot, and that was Friday afternoon,” Ward said.

Geneva County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the couple’s home, located on East College Street in Malvern, late Friday afternoon. Law enforcement officers from several agencies responded.

Police gained entry to the home with a robot and several explosive devices to open two locked doors of the home. Russell Burge and his wife were found in separate bedrooms.

Ward said there was no history of calls to the Geneva County Sheriff’s Office from the residence.

“We don’t know why, apparently there were issues,” Ward said. “We’re not getting much from the family other than he’s talked about doing this. He’s talked about doing a murder-suicide.”

Ward said the investigation into the shooting is closed, calling it a murder-suicide.

Source: View DothanEagle.com Article