Robert Ackerman Burbage, the former owner of Burbage's Self Serve Grocery, died Monday. He was 88.
Burbage was born just outside of Summerville on May 20, 1923, to George and Tressa Burbage. One of 11 children, he left home at a young age to begin working for a brother at his filling station and restaurant. He was an Army veteran of World War II.
In April 1948, Burbage opened Burbage's Self Serve Grocery on Tradd Street. At the time, the only employee was a bicycle delivery boy who carried groceries to locations on the peninsula and in some parts of West Ashley.
After Hurricane Gracie wiped out his store on Tradd Street in 1959, Burbage moved his store to 157 Broad St., where it remains in operation.
Burbage's store has been a community staple for more than 60 years.
Burbage entered semi- retirement in the 1980s but continued to maintain a presence in the store now owned by his sons.
Burbage is survived by his wife, Doris Carter Burbage, as well as two sons, a daughter and a grandson.
A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at J. Henry Stuhr's Downtown Chapel. Services will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday at Grace United Methodist Church.