Richard A (Rick) Burris - SAVANNAH - Richard A (Rick) Burris passed away May 5 at 3:30pm at Hospice Savannah after a long battle with COPD. His sisters were by his side and he departed peacefully as was our prayer. Born in Savannah, GA on February 1, 1945 Rick was preceded in death by his parents, Solomon B. Burris, Jr. and Mary Susan Padgett Burris and his sister, Gladys Burris Boiter. Rick is survived by his sisters, Mary Burris Shearouse, Jeanette Burris Jeffers (Lynn), Sandra Burris Davis (Audy) and brother Solomon (Buddy) Burris III; special friends Jack and Margret Wright (Monroe, LA) and other relatives including Aunts, Nieces and Nephews, Cousins, and many friends. Having joined the Coast Guard in September, 1969, Rick was truly a Free Spirit and worked in many fields. He was a master craftsman having built sounds booths at the Superdome for WWL in New Orleans where he was employed in the mid-70's. Rick lived for more than 25 years in New Orleans doing historic renovations through his company Geronimo Painting & Carpentry. (His work van had an Indian Head with Geronimo's Cadillac stenciled on the side. That was Rick. An avid reader and music and history buff, Rick was nicknamed Rickopedia by friends and fellow songwriters (at The Idle Hour) in Nashville Tennessee where he relocated to in 1999. Finally coming back home to live in Savannah in September, 2009, partially because of health issues and to be closer to family. Rick was an accomplished songwriter and started writing at a very young age. Rick has copyrights on more than 100 sets of lyrics including one that we call the Unofficial Theme for Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil which he wrote and copyrighted in 1995 after reading The Book. As a member of BMI, several of his songs have been reserved by publishing companies and are being considered for possible release in the future. Rick's decision to donate his body to The Medical College of Georgia for medical research was made several years ago and he proudly carried a Donor Card. His remains will be cremated and returned to us a year from now and the ashes will be scattered on the bluff at Isle of Hope at his direction. A Celebration of his Life will be held at a date and time to be announced. The family wishes to thank the nursing staff at Hospice Savannah for their care and kindness to Rick during his last days. Savannah Morning News May 8, 2014 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannahnow.com/obituaries.
Published in Savannah Morning News on May 8, 2014