Odessa Moore

Odessa Moore, 80, of Cleveland, Texas passed away on Sunday, December 27, 2020,  She was born on Saturday, February 3, 1940 in Rayburn, Texas. Odessa was preceded in death by her parents, John Burkes and Henrietta Edwards-Burkes, brothers, Roy Lee and Johnny Burkes.   Left to cherish her memory is her loving, caregiver, Burlie Millborn; great nephews and niece, Michael, Andy, Omor, Aaron and Caraya; brother, Gerald Wayne Burkes; sister, Jocelyn Burkes; along with numerous other loving family and treasured friends. 

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


  1. I am saddened at the passing of my Aunt and I am dismayed with the information that is in this article. It appears that anyone can give information and it is deemed to be correct and placed online. This is wrong and should be historically correct. Odessa Burkes Moore was the daughter of Henrietta Edwards Burkes and John Burkes Jr. She had two brothers with the same parents, Roy Lee Burkes and Johnny Burkes who both preceded her in passing. She leaves to mourn two half siblings, Jocelyn Burkes and Gerald Wayne Burkes, her nieces and nephews children of Roy Lee Burkes – Roy Lee Jenkins Jr, Ronald Burkes, Rhonda Burkes Hartsfield and Lisa Johnson and the daughter of Johnny Burkes – Denise Reed. I spoke earlier with Burlie Millborn who is the party that supplied this information to the funeral home. She was very defensive. She claimed that it was the only information she had. This is not true. She was and is aware of our presence and chose to omit us in lieu of naming the great nephews and niece of our Aunts half sister. She even met with one of us prior to giving this incorrect information. This is sad. If you don’t know what you are doing then ask. People need to be honest and tell the truth.

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