Carol Burkett Chisholm

Published 6:06 pm Friday, February 22, 2013

Carol Burkett Chisholm, 85, died peacefully at her home in Memphis, Tenn., on Jan. 16.

She was the daughter of Walton and Ada Burkett and sister of Jane Caldwell, all of Demopoolis, who preceded her in death.

The Burkett’s moved to Demopolis from Birmingham when Carol and Jane were in the eighth grade, and they graduated from Demopolis High School in 1945 before attending Auburn University.

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Carol and Jane were born 13 months apart, and Jane skipped second grade, so the sisters went all through school together and had the same friends.

They sang in the All Girl Choir at the Methodist church as teenagers.

Carol met her husband of 43 years, Bob Chisholm, while they were both working at WXAL Radio in Demopolis.

Carol and Bob went on to distinguished radio careers in Winona, Miss., where Bob’s news reporting and Carol’s daily program, “Mainly for Women,” won a number of statewide broadcasting awards.

They moved to Memphis in 1970, and she worked at a radio station there for several years.

Bob passed in 1991.

They were active members of Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, and she was a mainstay of the world missions committee.

She also taught 3-year-olds in Community Bible Study for 23 years.

She leaves a daughter, Candy Willis and son-in-law Bob Willis; granddaughter, Kathryn (Josh) Leache; grandson, William Justice; and great-grandson, Matthew Leache, born Dec. 3, all of Memphis; and her brother-in-law Austin Caldwell of Demopolis and his family. Carol was buried in Memphis Elmwood Cemetery on Jan. 18.