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Terry Gene Burns 1947 - 2013
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Monday, July 28, 2014
I was thinking about you the other day and I log into my email and it showed where your guest book had been signed. I guess this was a sign for me to come over here and talk to you. I remember our jokes. I remember you trying not to laugh at mine but would burst out in laughter when you couldn't hold it in any longer. I remember when my mom passed and you were the only one who knew that I didn't want to talk. We talked about something else besides my mom. You were more than a colleague, you were a friend and a blessing. I miss you my friend but I do know you are in a better place. God's Love!
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Terry left us a year ago, but he will never leave my heart. My Cousin Terry was more than just an Army hero, Silver Star and Purple Heart recipient from the Vietnam War, he was my personal hero.
Terry saved my life by catching me when I fell out of the ole apple tree in my Aunt Susie's front yard when I was eleven years old. Just before he left for Vietnam, he came home to visit my Aunt Susie, his maternal grandmother, “Mother” as she was called instead of Grandmother. We were sitting on the porch swing and Terry noticed a big red apple at the top of the ole apple tree and said, “I bet you can't get to that big red apple at the top!” and of course that is all he had to say because he knew I would do just about anything for him. Terry would joke and kid with me and ride me on the ‘scooter' whenever he came to visit.
So off I went, climbing all the way to the top and snatched that big ole apple, only to find that it was beginning to rot at the top. I threw the apple down to Terry and on my decent, I stepped on a limb that broke and I began to fall, scrapping my body as I fell through the tree limbs and then suddenly there was Terry! He had caught me with both arms holding me tight with tears flowing down his cheeks. “I've got you Idona, I won't let you fall!”
As I held onto Terry's neck and then looked back at the tree and just where I would have landed was a plow with tiller blades that would have impaled my body had Terry not reached out and caught me. Yes, I owe my life to my dear sweet cousin, Terry Gene Burns.
~Idona Davis~
Saturday, August 17, 2013
To put it simply, Terry was a good man. I worked closely with him for over twenty years and I respected and appreciated him for the entire time. There was not much that I could ask him and he didn't know the answer or find the answer. He was truly my rock when it came to data mining. To Terry's family, I can only imagine the depth of loss that you are feeling at this time. My thoughts and prayers will remain with you always.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Terry, you are really going to be missed. One thing I could always count on from you is you making me not only smile but laugh on a daily basis. You became a friend my first day in the department and I am going to truly miss you. Your family will be in my prayers.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
I enjoyed working with Terry for 22 years. Terry and I helped each other out a lot when needed and he was always willing to assist with a project. I know Terry's friends, family and co-workers will miss him very much. Terry was a wonderful person to know and served his country well. My prayers go out to the family.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
We were so very sorry to hear of Terry's passing. We still consider you family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Friday, August 09, 2013
I went to Oakhaven with Terry, Larry and Linda. I have so many memories of Terry being the hall monitor and rushing me to class, playing on the football team and just knowing him. He was a really wonderful person in HS and from the comments I am sure he continue that as an adult. I appreciate his service to our country. Know I am praying for you and your family. Carolyn Nichols Green
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Terry was truly the most honorable and decent man I have ever known. If half the people in the world were half a decent as Terry, there would be no problems.

My prayers are with his family. I cannot imagine the whole in your lives. Know he is with God and watching over you.
Saturday, August 03, 2013
Our hearts and prayers go out to Ms.Sherry and her family. We the weekend crew at Humphreys County Nursing Home always looked forward to seeing Terry come up to visit his dad. There was always good times and good stories to be shared.
Saturday, August 03, 2013
Terry was one of the most helpful and likeable colleagues at State Tech. He helped us tremendously and willingly. May God welcome him and bless his family.
Saturday, August 03, 2013
Sherry and family, My prayers are for you now and the days to come. Terry was always a gentleman and could always lighten the mood with his smile and sense of humor. All of us at State Tech/Southwest will miss him.
Friday, August 02, 2013
Jerry and I are so sorry to hear of Terry's death. We went to school with Terry at Oakhaven. Terry was a good man and he will be greatly missed.
Friday, August 02, 2013
The world is a better place because Terry was in it.
Friday, August 02, 2013
Sherry, Brandon and Amanda our prayers are with you. Terry was always their for his children growing up and whatever sports they were involved in. Terry was right their cheering them on. He was the kindest man, good husband and father. He will be missed by many. May God bless Mickey, Marcelle, Danny and Jillian Keaton.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
I was so sad to hear about Terry. I have known him 20+ years and worked most of those years with him at State Tech/Southwest. Though he never talked about it, I was not surprised to read here that he was a war hero. I suspected as much because he always went above and beyond the call of duty at work also. He was fiercely loyal and supportive of his colleagues and kind to everyone, and always the southern gentleman. Everybody loved Terry. He will be long remembered and missed by many.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Sherry and Family

Our heart goes out to you in your loss. You are in our prayers.

James and Bronda Endress
Thursday, August 01, 2013
So so sorry to hear about Terry Burns! I worked with him for 11 years as a programmer at the old, State Tech. Terry was always kind and patient with everyone. A true gentleman.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Terry was such a wonderdul person, and it was a pleasure to know him during my tenure at Southwest. I am praying for your family.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Sherry and Family: The JOY Class is here for you, and praying. Louise, Kathy and Marsha
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
I had the pleasure of working with Terry during the 2 1/2 years I was at "State Tech". He was a gentleman and I'm sorry to hear of his passing.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Sherry, Amanda, Toni and Brandon...My prayer for you is that God will wrap his loving arms around you and comfort you during this difficult time. What a man...Terry was the most selfless, considerate, caring and funny father/husband/friend I have ever known. He will be dearly missed. My love and prayers to you all.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
My uncle Terry was a wonderful man, always had a smile and patience to cope with all of us running crazy in the oklahoma heat each summer.he and aunt sherry were my rock as we went through my mother's illness and loss,thank you uncle Terry for your love and understanding and the bottle of wine,you will always be cherished and loved in my heart
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with Terry's family. I know you will miss him dearly.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
My heart goes out to Terry's family and friends today and in the days ahead. I hope you find comfort in all the great memories of the life you shared with Terry. Love and prayers.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
I never met Mr.Burn , But I work with his daughter ,I knew how much he loved and took care of his family, and cared for his children as well as his grand children , Stay encouraged !My prayers are with the Burns family at this time .
Earth has know sorrow that heavan can not heal! Bro.Ron
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Best friends are people you know you don't need to talk to every single day. You don't even need to talk to each other for years; but when you do, its like you never stopped talking. You will be missed. Jeannie
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Over the past 20+ years I considered Terry's friendship a gift and a blessing. Working with Terry, I recognized he had a gift for thinking outside the box and empowering other team members to do the same. There was no limit to what goals could be accomplished with Terry on your team. Terry left an indelible memory of happiness, caring and thoughtfullness with all those who knew him.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
My condolences in the passing of Lionel's (Bell) cousin, Terry. I hope."the peace that passes all understanding," will be the families help and comfort
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Terry was one of the kindest, most understanding, and most helpful colleagues at State Tech. May God have mercy on him and bless his family.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Terry was one of my very closest Cousins since we were only 2 months apart in age. Close enough to become "Best Man" at Mary and my wedding in 1975. Even though we lived in different states, we always saw each other in Waverly during the summer. We camped, rode the scooter, went swimming in Blue Creek, tried to ride our Grandmothers cow, worked for Uncle Dan'l for a lot less than minimum wage, and got into a lot of innocent mischief.
Most people do not know that Terry was a genuine Army hero, being awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart in Vietnam after volunteering for a mission that cost him his arm. The others on the mission were killed.
I never saw Terry have a down day. He brightened everyone's life when he was around.
I am going to miss him terribly and will think of him fondly forever.
Dwayne Davis
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Terry was more than a colleague--he was a friend. He always made me smile and laugh. When I became sick--he was a big help to me and I will never forget him. To the Burns family....please know that all of you are in my prayers.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
I have known Terry for 28 years now and the world is losing a great man. He was always happy and would brighten my day every time we saw each other. My prayers are with the family.
Clay Hancock
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