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Billy Burns

Dec 18, 1943 - Nov 19, 2010

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Dr. Burns was the BEST, he was our pediatrician, beloved friend and all three of our babies thrived under his care! He helped our children receive scholarships to attend FBC Preschool, I recall when our second son was born we had drove to Houston to visit my big sister, Britt was 3 weeks old, and he began throwing up a lot Dr. Burns called in meds and check on him all through the night, this wasn't the only time this worried mother found solace in her Dr's voice/advice....He was with me from...

Dr. Burns was an amazing person and doctor.All of my children still miss him and had a hard time accepting a new doctor. He was always available no matter the hours and his is and always will be greatly missed.

All three kids loved Dr. Burns. He had such a special way to ensure everything is going to be ok. I don't remember how many times I called him off hours and he was always there for us. He will be missed deeply.. He was a great Doctor.

Such a wonderful, caring man. The best pediatrician I've ever known. My son and I both loved him. So sorry for your loss. You are all in our prayers.

Zack Warren, a Dr. Burns baby.

When I discovered I was expecting a baby in 1999, I wanted to know who was the best peditrician in town. As I asked this question of other mothers, Dr. Burns name came up repeatedly. Zack absolutely adored Dr. Burns as did I. His quite gentle nature alway put Zack as well as myself at ease. When I told Zack, Dr. Burns passed away, we both sat on the couch and cried together. Zack had an appointment scheduled to see Dr. Burns on December 14th, so naturally he asked who would be his doctor now....

Zack Warren a Dr. Burns Baby

I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Burns. He was a fantastic doctor. Just the sound of his voice was so comforting to both my son Zachary and I when Zack was ill. He had an God given ability to put a mother at ease. There will never be another like him.

Many prayers are sent to the Burns family. Thank you, Burns Family, for allowing Dr. Billy Burns to be there during the time of need. He gave many the feeling of "don't worry." I love that about him. At times, I didn't know what to do but to call him. I call him "THE DOCTOR" because there are no doctors like him. My son, Braden and I will miss him.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Billy Burns family. He has been my childrens doctor since 1984 when our first child was born. All 3 of our children loved Dr. Burns and enjoyed coming to their wellness visits. He was so kind and mild mannered. Our family will miss him very much.


Billy's Obituary

Dr. Billy R. Burns, beloved physician, husband, dad, granddad and friend, passed away suddenly on Friday evening, November 19th, at Christus St. Michael Hospital in Texarkana. Fulfilling his calling, Dr. Burns had just completed a full day of seeing his treasured patients and making his daily hospital rounds. Dr. Burns was born on December 18, 1943, in Norman, Oklahoma and attended the University of Oklahoma and then graduated from Louisiana Tech University and Louisiana State University Medical School. He completed his pediatric internship and residency at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. For the past twenty seven years, Dr. Burns has served as a much-loved pediatrician for countless patients and their families in the Four States area. He was Associate Professor, University of Arkansas Medical School and was Staff Pediatrician at both Wadley Regional Medical Center and Christus St. Michael Hospital. During the 1960s, Dr. Burns served with the United States Army. He was an Airborne Ranger, Special Forces Training, better known as a Green Beret. He served in Vietnam with the 5th Special Forces Group where he received the Bronze Star for Valor, the Purple Heart and four other medals during this tour of duty. He then was assigned to the 7th Special Forces where he received the Distinguished Service Award as Operations Officer. It was here, in the jungles of Vietnam, where Dr. Burns discovered his calling in life: to care for and to help heal sick children. If given the choice, he said he would endure the suffering of war again because it led him to his passion for life and his love of pediatric medicine. Dr. Burns was a master woodworker and furniture craftsman and enjoyed farming and gardening, being an OU fan, and his restored 39 Chevrolet. However, his favorite activities were being a husband and dad and granddad. At the center of his life and that of his family was his devotion to his Christian faith and First Baptist Church of Texarkana. There he served as a deacon, a Childrens Sunday School Teacher, and a member of the Scouting Committee and Childrens Committee. As an instrument of the Great Physician, Dr. Burns demonstrated his faith not only in his service at his church, but in his daily walk in his practice and throughout our community. Loved by patients, peers, medical personnel, family and friends, Dr. Burns enriched the lives of all those knew him and who mourn his passing but celebrate his victory. Dr. Burns leaves behind to cherish his legacy his loving wife of 34 years, Becky; his son, Clay Burns of Texarkana; his son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Heather Burns of Birmingham, Alabama; and his daughter and son-in-law, Emily and Michael King of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The greatest blessing of this past year was the arrival of his granddaughter, Kendal Burns and his grandson, Langston King. He is also survived by his mother, Jonnie Burns of Norman, Oklahoma; his brother, Jerry Dickinson of Oklahoma City; his sister, Shirley Brooks of Honolulu, Hawaii; and his sister, Teresa Burbank of Colleyville, Texas. Services for Dr. Burns will be on Tuesday, November 23rd, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church Texarkana, 3015 Moores Lane, with Larry Sims officiating. Visitation will follow the service in the Atrium at the church. Burial will be held at the Jefferson Memorial Cemetery in Trussville, Alabama, hometown of his wife, Becky. Local arrangements are under the direction of Texarkana Funeral Home, Texas. The register book is available online at Those wishing to memorialize Dr. Burns may direct contributions to the Dystona Medical Research Foundation Support Group, 216 Oakmont Circle, Birmingham, AL 35244. ~ That healing gift He lends to them who use it in His name. John Greenleaf Whittier

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