John Charles "Jack" Burris Sr.

John Charles "Jack" Burris Sr.

AGE: 91 • Kenton

John Charles "Jack" Burris Sr., of Kenton, passed away on Sunday January 5, 2014. He was 91.

He was born March 7, 1922 in Wilmington, the son of the late George and Catherine Burris Sr.

Mr. Burris retired from Jos. T. Hardy and Sons, New Castle, DE. He was a member of the 8th Army Division during World War II and was a prisoner of war in Germany and a recipient of a Purple Heart. He made his home at the Nursing Unit at the V.A. Hospital, Elsmere, for the last several years, where he was well known among the staff, patients, visitors, and volunteers of the hospital.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 20 years, Lucille Burris; his son, James Burris; two brothers, George Jr., and Charles Roy Burris; and a sister, Mary Elliott.

He is survived by a daughter, Jackie Voshell Hardin and husband Michael, Knoxville, TN; two sons, John Charles Burris Jr., of Wilmington; and Robert (Bobby) Burris and wife Cathy of Ocean View; a step-son, Joseph Insley, of Dover; a sister, Kathryn Hall, of New Castle; four grandchildren, Samuel Voshell and wife Joyce, of Pomona, MO; Julia Hartman and husband William of Worton, MD; John Voshell, of Galena, MD; and Robert Burris and wife Stacy, of Chesapeake City, MD; 13 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be held 12:00 PM Thursday January 9 at Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, 123 W. Commerce St., Smyrna, where friends may call at 10:30 AM. Interment with military honors will be at 2:00 PM in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or email at To send a condolence letter, please visit

Funeral Home

Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home and Cremation Services
123 West Commerce Street Smyrna, DE 19977
(302) 653-2900

Published in The News Journal on Jan. 8, 2014