John W. Burns Jr.

Mr. John W. Burns Jr. of Lake City, FL passed away on November 24, 2013 at his home. Mr. Burns was a lifelong resident of Lake City. He was a member of various service organizations including the Elks Lodge and Masonic Lodge for over 65 years. Mr. Burns was also an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church of Lake City where he served on numerous church boards for many years. He was a State Farm Insurance agent in Lake City from 1954 until his retirement in 1995.
Mr. Burns was born October 29, 1917, to John W. Burns Sr. and Nonie Juanita [Godbold] Burns. He was a 1936 graduate of Columbia High School and attended the University of Georgia where he was a member of the band and football team. He married Kathleen Dickinson on November 16, 1940.
He is survived by his wife and four children, Lillian LaVon Leszkiewicz (Jerry), Linda Juanita Gafford (Leonard), Willene B. Giles (Bill), and John W. Burns, III; six grandchildren, Kenneth L. Cox III, Vance Cox (Kim), Darren L. Gafford (Melanie), Gregory B. Gafford, Michele Ward (Greg), Lisa Craighead (Scott); and thirteen great grandchildren; his cousin, I.J. Godbold. He was preceded in death by his grandson, William D. Giles, III.
Funeral services will be held today, Tuesday November 26, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Lake City, with Pastor Jeff Tate officiating. Private entombment services will follow. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Lake City, 973 S. Marion Avenue, Lake City, FL 32025.
Gateway-Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 3596 S. U.S. Hwy 441, Lake City, Florida 32025, (386) 752-1954 is in charge of arrangements. Please leave words of love and support for the family at

Funeral Home

Gateway-Forest Lawn Funeral Home
3596 South Highway 441  Lake City, FL 32025
(386) 752-1954

Published in Lake City Reporter on Nov. 26, 2013