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Louis R. Burns

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Louis R. Burns

Senior Master Sgt. Louis Ray Burns died Nov. 29, 2013, at the Hospice House of Rutherford County in Forest City, N.C. Visitation will be Saturday from 1-2 p.m. at Maud Church of Christ, with the funeral service following at 2 p.m. The burial will be in Maud Cemetery. Louis was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Earl Reece Burns; and one sister, Almajean Maxwell; and a son-in-law, Robbie Mattox.

Louis was raised in Maud, Ala., and in 1959, joined the United States Air Force. While in the Air Force, he traveled to England, Japan, Germany, and also lived in Ft. Meade, Md. While in England, he met Irene Adams, whom he married, and they had five children. They later divorced, but remained the best of friends. Lou spent 24 years on active duty then retired and worked for the NSA at Ft. Meade for another ten years. After this, he returned to Maud, Ala. and was a member of the Church of Christ. Lou loved his church. Lou spent his retirement visiting his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren that are scattered throughout the United States. Lou also enjoyed visiting the girls and the bank and front porch sitting.

Louis is survived by his five children, his daughter, Jo Williams and husband, Terry, of Forest City, N.C.; son, Ray Burns, of Nashville, Tenn.; daughter, Fonda Jameson and husband, Pat, of Hilmar, Calif.; daughter, Cheryl Burkhart and husband, John, of Joplin, Mo.; and daughter, Renee Harlan and husband, Eric, of Joplin, Mo. Surviving grandchildren are Robert Carroll and wife, Marlo, of Rutherfordton, N.C.; Sgt. 1st Class Dustin Carroll and wife, Kerstin, of Ft. Benning, Ga., Stephanie Bostic, of Rutherfordton, N.C., Mary Susan Kuenning and husband, Jim Flanagan, of New York, N.Y., Rebecca Jameson, of Oakdale, Calif., Bethany Jameson, of Modesto, Calif., Carl Jameson, of St. Louis, Mo., Casey, Adam, Jonathan, and Jared Burkhart, of Joplin, Mo., and Mary and Megan Mattox, of Joplin, Mo. Lou also has four great-grandchildren, Joshua, Mati, Mila, and Annah.

Louis Ray is also survived by one brother, David Burns, of Maud, Ala.; and sister-in-law, Lana Burns, of Cherokee, Ala.

Also left to cherish his memory are Irene and Tony Lopez, of Forest City, N.C. Louis was a kind, caring man who was loved by all that knew him. He will be missed by his family, friends, and dog, Bandit.

Pallbearers will be Robert Carroll, Carl Jameson, Hoyt DeVaney, Kelvin Burns, Kendrick Burns, Adam Burkhart. Honorary pallbearer is Jared Burkhart.

In "lou" of flowers, donations may be made to the Vietnam Veterans Association or .

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Published in Florence Times Daily on Dec. 5, 2013
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