James Richard Burns, 78, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013.
Funeral is 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at White’s Funeral Chapel in Springtown. Interment will be in Cottondale Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
James was born March 4, 1935, to Earl and Clara Burns. He was proud to have grown up on a small family farm in Cottondale where he spent many cherished days working alongside his father. On Jan. 12, 1958, he married Shirley Ann Hartman, and together they had three beautiful daughters.
James was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Springtown. He enjoyed time spent serving and working with the youth. James was also an active member of his community, serving as a city councilman.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Clara Burns, and his brother, Earl Estes Burns Jr.
James is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Shirley Burns; daughters Susan Ingram and husband, Mike, Debbie Burns and Tammie Bates and husband, Les; grandchildren Ashley Johnston and husband, Jessey, and Lindsey Fletcher and husband, Cody; great-grandchildren Mia, Cash and Crosby Fletcher, and Emersyn Johnston; sisters Doris Smith and husband, Travis, Barbara Renz and husband, Rick; many cherished nieces and nephews and a host of lifelong friends.