Carlyle Lee Burns Sr.
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Virginia Beach - Carlyle L. Burns Sr., 93, died on Wed., Feb. 5, 2014 in San Antonio, TX with his daughter, Janet by his side. Born on Sept. 28, 1920 in Indianapolis, IN, he was preceded in death by his parents, William Howard and Florence McHone Burns, brothers Ozia, Owen and David Burns; his wife of 56 years, Jennie Saied Burns, a daughter, Caroline Burns and son Carlyle Lee Burns, Jr. He is survived by his sons George S. Burns of VA Beach, VA, Edward P. Burns (DeLaine) of Springboro, OH and his daughters, Ann B. Matika (Rich) of VA Beach, VA and Janet B. Kohorst (Gary) of SA, TX. He is also survived by grandchildren Phillip, Austin and William Burns, Jennifer, Alex and Chris (Celeste) Matika and Ryan Kohorst and a great granddaughter, Devon Charlotte Matika. From 1927-1939, Carlyle was raised by members of the Methodist faith at the Methodist Children's Orphanage on W. Broad St., Richmond, VA. There, he cultivated a great passion for reading, history, politics and vegetable gardening that would last a lifetime. Upon graduation from Thomas Jefferson High School, he returned to Norfolk, reconnecting with his mother and completed an apprenticeship in weld/ship fitting at NNSY. As a member of the "Greatest Generation", he joined the USN Seabees and spent two and a half years in the Asiatic-Pacific/American Theatre of Operations during WWII. Married in 1948, Carlyle and Jennie raised their 5 children in Norfolk as he worked over 20 years as Credit Manager of Sears & Roebuck Co. on 21st Street. In 1972, the family moved to Great Bridge where Carlyle spent 30 years perfecting his organic gardening and developing a keen interest in local politics with the City of Chesapeake. Jennie had a 20 year career with the Chesapeake Health Department as an RN. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. at Galilee Episcopal Church in St. Andrew's Chapel. Interment will be in the church Columbarium. "The dead will hear the voice of The Son of God; and those who hear will live." John 5:25 NKJV Condolences may be offered to the family at www.meadowlawn.net
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Feb. 16, 2014