John T. Burwell, Jr. was born on December 11, 1944, in Henderson, North Carolina, to the late John T. Burwell, Sr., and Beris Burwell. John was oldest of four children.
John started his education in Henderson, North. Carolina but then moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with his parents and siblings in 1959. John received the latter years of his education through the Philadelphia Public School System, graduating from West Philadelphia High School, Class of ’63.
Following graduation, John enrolled in a training program with Temple University Hospital, receiving certification in 1964. John moved on to barbering where he was certified within the Tri-City Barber School in 1966. But it was his quest for stability that landed John to begin employment with the City of Philadelphia, within the Water Revenue Department. John retired from the City of Philadelphia after 35 years, as a “meter representative” and then with “administration.” And it was during his time within administration that John met Brenda. The two dated from 2003 to 2009, then ultimately marrying in 2009, Valentine’s Day. During their years together, John and Brenda enjoyed traveling, and embarked on many trips and cruises. They visited Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Coco Cay, and Key West. John especially favored the Key West. So much so, that he wanted to move there.
After resting from cruises, John and Brenda joined the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in 2011. They were both baptized by the Rev. Dr. Allyn E. Waller. They were faithful members and enjoyed being members of Sunday School. Brenda remains an active member, and John was an active member up until his death. Coming from a musical and spiritual background, John loved the blues and begin to embrace his roots through Gospel music.
On Monday, April 4, 2022, God called John home. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Clyde, and Calvin. John leaves to cherish fond memories, his wife, Brenda; two sons, Stephen (Natasha) and Khary (Amanda); one grandson, Christian; twin grand-daughters, Sophia and Kalia, whom he spent many hours when they spent the weekend; one brother, Charles (Alejandra); a dear friend, Andy; God-daughter, Tyisha; and a host of extended family of cousins, nieces, and nephews, and a host friends and co-workers.