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Connie Denise Burns - SPRINGFIELD - Connie Denise Burns, 43, passed away Sunday, August 12, 2012 at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta. The lifelong resident of Effingham County was a member of Corinth Baptist Church. She was employed with Effingham County as Sanitation Director, active member of SWANA, member and ambassador for Effingham County Chamber of Commerce, director of Keep Effingham Beautiful, Rivers Alive Effingham Coordinator, Governor's Task Force on Litter Abatement and Prevention, Effingham United Way Advisory Board Member, Government Affairs Committee Effingham Chamber of Commerce, 2008 Graduate Leadership Effingham, Gateway Committee Member Effingham Chamber of Commerce, Olde Effingham Days Festival Committee Co-Chair, American Cancer Society Ambassador 12th Congressional District, Keep Georgia Beautiful Executive Directors Association, Longest Serving member of GACE, American Association of Code Enforcement, Secretary of Lion's Club of Effingham Springfield Chapter, Epsilon Sigma Alpha Chaplin, volunteer for the American Cancer Society, and many other organizations. She was preceded in death by her mother, Margie Hodges Burns. Survivors include her father, Ronald Burns; brothers, Randy Burns and Greg (Tammi) Burns all of Springfield; nephews, Brantley, Shaun, and Shane Burns, Cody and Lane Neidlinger; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins; her beloved dogs, Linus and Lucy; and special friend, Keith Miller of Augusta. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel. Interment will be in Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery. Remembrances may be given to Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery Fence Fund, 239 Silver Hill Church Road, Springfield, GA 31329. Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home Effingham Chapel (912) 754-6421 Savannah Morning News August 14, 2012 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannnahnow.com/obituaries.

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Published in Savannah Morning News on Aug. 14, 2012.
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September 9, 2012
She was a real friend I will always miss her
Haylee Rahn
August 29, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. loosing a loved one is never easy. However, Psalms 46:1 reminds us to rely on God because is he our refuge and can provide support in times of need.
August 24, 2012
Connie was a wonderful, sweet-hearted friend. She made everyone she came into contact with feel special. She was a person who looked out for the needs of others. Rest in Jesus Connie!
Loretta and Rock Gaines
August 23, 2012
Our most heartfelt condolences for Connie's family.
We are honored to have known her and are grateful for every moment she shared with us fighting back against cancer. Her commitment and dedication was something we truly cherish. She will never be forgotten. Rest in peace.
Relay For Life of Effingham County
August 20, 2012
My heart goes out to the family Connie was a sweet fun loving person highly loved and thought of with family and also with the community and with the state of Georgia. This came as a shock to me she was so sweet and fun to be with I cannot express how much she was loved just a joy to be around she will be highly missed!!!
Frances Stone
August 17, 2012
Connie could rest now, but I suspect she is busy now in God's heavenly places. Her life here might seem short, but Connie packed more real living for many lifetimes. Her smile, sure, we all miss it; but
I suspect the heavenly host is better for it. God bless all family, friends, and all the many who have been blessed by Connie Burns, including me.
Dennis Folker
August 17, 2012
To hear of Connie's death was absolutely shocking to me, she is someone who I expected to never pass, someone who would be smiling forever. She was fun, sweet, loving and a friend in so many ways. She will always have such a special place in my heart. I will miss her.
Jeff Smithberger
August 16, 2012
Connie will always be remembered for her smile and kind words. Effingham has lost a great treasure.
Amy Ambrose
August 16, 2012
I have such wonderful memories of the times Connie and I shared together. Oscar is happy to see his Mother, and she has been reunited with her Mom. I will miss her smile so much. Mr. Ronald, Randy, Greg, and Tammi- I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.
Aimee Swing Cress
August 16, 2012
Keeping the Burns Family in Our Thoughts and Prayers at this time of Sorrow
Janet(Steed) Tillman
August 16, 2012
Our Thoughts and Prayers go out to the BURNS Family.So sorry about Connie's passing.She will be missed by many.Her smile was SOOO BIG!! I know she has a HUGE one NOW with her momma!!Trust in God.


Janet (Steed) Tillman
Brooklet,Georgia
August 16, 2012
To all of Connie's family, friends, and collegues: I first met Connie at a SWANA conference in Myrtle Beach 3 to 4 years ago. She was vibrant, smart, funny, passionate, and could tell a great story!! Since that time, we met 3 or 4 times at various SWANA conferences and each time her roles/duties/involvement increased within the SWANA organization. We both enjoyed talkin trash and havin fun. We will dearly miss her enthusiasm, smile, and great sense of humor. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this very difficult time.
Tom Parker
August 16, 2012
Connie was a wonderful and fun lady to be around and she will be missed greatly!Heaven gained a wonderful spirit!
Heather Turner
August 16, 2012
There are no words to sum Connie up in this little space. She was the most outgoing, funloving, unselfish person anyone could ever have the pleasure of knowing. She was a true ray of sunshine in many lives and will always be remembered for her love of life! Enjoy your place in heaven Connnie, you deserve it! I know Oscar Dela Weinner was happy to see his Mom, and I'm sure Ms. Margie was elated to hug her daughter again. You will be sadly missed but joyfully remembered!
Marcia Tebeau Sherrod
August 16, 2012
Dear Randy,
I'm so sorry to hear about your sister. I know the pain you are feeling because I just lost my mother 2 weeks ago. It's hard but just know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless and comfort you.

Love,
Kaye Babot
August 16, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. Connie was such a joy to work with. She will be missed by the Solid Waste Community.
Christy Kehn-Lewis
August 15, 2012
Connie loved life and her smile and enthusiasm were our gifts from God that she shared with us. She smiled with her eyes as well. Connie will be missed. Her short accomplished life should be an inspiration to each of us to live life to the fullest. May God bless you and give you strength as you grieve this loss.
Susan Exley
August 15, 2012
Connie will be remembered for her contagious smile that touched everyone she knew. She will be greatly missed.
Al Wilder
August 15, 2012
Mr. Ronald, Randy, Greg & Tammi,

We are so sorry for the loss of Connie. She was the most outgoing, fun loving, and giving person I know. Her big, bright smile was contagious, and always lived life to the fullest! I have so many fond memories of her during our teenage years together that I will cherish forever. I am very proud to have called her one of my best friends. She will forever hold a special place in my heart. May your memories and Gods love continue to comfort you.
Stacy & Jimmy Mitchell
August 15, 2012
I have not seen Connie but a few times in the last 22 years, but when I did she was the same funny and kind person from our youth. I am sad we lost a truly nice person. May God be with you all in your time of loss. My Prayers are with you all.
Michelle Phillips Jarvis
August 15, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with the Burns family. Connie will surely be missed. She was the smile of the Class of 87. We will miss her.
Lisa Conner Collins
August 15, 2012
Mr. Ronald, Randy, Greg & Tammi,

We are so sorry for the loss of Connie. She was the most outgoing, fun loving, and giving person I know. Her big, bright smile was contagious, and always lived life to the fullest! I have so many fond memories of her during our teenage years together that I will cherish forever. I am very proud to have called her one of my best friends. She will forever hold a special place in my heart. May your memories and Gods love continue to comfort you.
Stacy & Jimmy Mitchell
August 15, 2012
When I met Connie she talked with me like she knew me forever. What a kind and caring family, we are so sorry for your loss.Everytime my kids play basketball we will remember her & her kindness. Keeping your family in our prayers ~ Jamey & Tina
Tina Corley
August 15, 2012
I only knew Connie a short time. I met her when I was employed at Republic Waste. She opened up her mouth and we instantly hit it off. Her personality was much like mine. A bubbly loving spirit she carried. I will miss her and I know we should rejoice because God has a beautiful Angel. My dearest sympathy to your family
Debbie Johnson-Greene
August 15, 2012
TO THE BURNS FAMILY AND HER COWORKERS,
Connie will be missed by all with her caring and gentle heart. She has accomplished in her short life what many never will.I know she is rejoying with her mom.
Libby Heidt
August 14, 2012
Connie was the brightest light in the room with her beautiful smile. I will miss hearing her laugh and telling about her adventures. A true friend and a testament to how we all should live life to the fullest.
Allen Grimes
August 14, 2012
My heartfelt sympathy to Connie's family and friends. Connie was always so easy to work with, and truly loved her job and community. I am so sorry for your and the community's loss.
Ramona Murphy Bartos
August 14, 2012
To the Burns Family and
her Co-Workers,
While Connie was only on this earth a short time she accomplished so much. We know that you have many happy memories and that you will cherish those forever. She left a mark on this community that will be recognized and remembered for a long time. On behalf of the United Way Effingham Advisory Board, Staff and Volunteers we send our deepest sympathy.
United Way Effingham Advisory Board, Staff and Volunteers
August 14, 2012
Connie is the beautiful and caring person that i could ever have asked to have in my life. i will always cherish the times we had. we can all take comfort in knowing she is with Mrs Margie and Oscar. She will always be my angel.
Steve Walden
August 14, 2012
Connie, without question, is the most beautiful and giving person i could ever asked to be a part of my life. Words could never describe her passion for life and helping others. I am so thankful knowing that she is with Mrs Margie and Oscar. She is my angel.
Steve Walden
August 14, 2012
Our hearts are saddened with Connie's passing and know she is laughing and happy in heaven with her mom. Connie always had a smile on her face and loved to laugh. Rest in peace Connie...you will be truly missed by everyone.
Bob and Cathy Brantley
August 14, 2012
Remember when we worked together at fort Howard / GP. Loved your smile & cheerful attitude. Your missed by all us left at GP.
Frank Greenway
August 14, 2012
So sorry for your lost. Our prayers go out to you. Gary & Terri Fort and family
August 14, 2012
Connie's beautiful smile will be greatly missed! My thoughts and prayers are with the Burns family.
Alison Smith
August 14, 2012
Connie you will be missed by alot of people but we know you are watching and smiling down on everyone.
Jacob Boswell
August 14, 2012
To Connie's Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Connie touched so many lives with her cheerful upbeat attitude and beautiful smile. She will be missed by many...
Scott & Tonya Daniel
August 14, 2012
to the burns family,i didnt know connie as well as others but the first time i was introduced to her, i felt like i had known her my whole life.she was smiling that contagious smile.i only regret that i wasnt able to get toknow her better.may your family walk with god through this difficult time and forever more
terri craven whitfield
August 14, 2012
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you. Connie will be sadley missed. She always brought peace & happiness to the room with her bright smile and always so happy & positive attitude.
Jaime Sprague
August 14, 2012
Heaven has another beautiful angel!
Bengie Cowart
August 14, 2012
To all of the Burns Family - our thoughts and prayers are with you. Connie was such a pillar of the community and will be missed by many. Take comfort in knowing she touched the lives of many with her kindness and never ending smile.
Corey & Traci Rahn
August 14, 2012
Johnny Bevill
August 14, 2012
To all of Connie's Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time but let comfort be found in knowing that God does not make mistakes, Connie had already accomplished what all of us should strive for.
Stan & Amy Moore
August 14, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Virginia Lamb
August 14, 2012
I was just in complete shock when I found out about the passing of Connie! I'll always remember her having so much fun & dancing @ Ole' Effingham Days with a huge smile on her face just loving life! My thoughts & prayers are with each one of you at this difficult time! May GOD bring you comfort knowing that she's with her mom now!
Jenny Arden
August 14, 2012
Mr. Ronald, Randy and Greg,
I am so very sorry for your loss! My family also express their sincere sorrow for the loss of Connie too! As I think about her one of the greatest things that I remember about her is her SMILE!!! I do not have any memories of her not smiling except when her mother passed away! I am comforted knowing that she is with her mother in heaven and that we will all see them one day!
You are in our thoughts and prayers! May God bless you today and always!
Love,
Tami Davis-Hart & Jeffery Hart
Jackie and Shirley Davis
Joey and Jan Davis
Chasiti
Tami Davis-Hart
August 14, 2012
From the Board of Directors and the entire membership of the Georgia Association of Code Enforcement. Our thoughts and prayers go out the family Connie will be missed by all.
Dale Henderson
August 14, 2012
Mr. Ronald, Randy and Greg. Charles and I were very sorry to hear about Connie. She will be missed but know that she is in a better place and we will see her again. God Bless you all and I pray for God's comfort for you all!
Charles & Diane Joyner
August 14, 2012
I am so sorry to hear of Connie passing
but God has decided to pick a Rose from
the garden and he picks the best, our prayers are extended to the family in Love during this difficuld time.

Janice D. Thomas ( Taylor)
Atlanta, Ga.
August 14, 2012
Worked with you at Fort Howard an saw you from time to time out an about. Always smiling an saying hello. Rest in peace,Connie. Heaven just gained another beautiful angel.
Laura Broadstreet
August 14, 2012
What a loss this world has let go of. I will always remember seeing Connie in Mrs. Margie's van going up and down the road. It never sat still long. She was such a free and wonderful spirit and may her life be an inspiration to others just as Mrs. Margie's was to many. I know Connie is in heaven rejoicing with her mama but it leaves us with a broken heart as we are left to adjust. Mr. Ronald, Greg, Randy, and family you are in my prayers.
Wyatt Morgan
August 14, 2012
May God bring you all comfort and peace as only He can in this very difficult time.
Stacey Jung
August 14, 2012
We are so sad to Hear about Connie, always a joy, and full of life,we are praying for her family.
Carrel & Jim Donnell
August 14, 2012
Our class, ECHS c/o 1987 will never be the same. Connie was a wonderful person, so full of fun. She will forever be loved & missed. We had a heart to heart a couple of weeks ago. I know that she is "truely" happy now as she is reunited with her mother. May you, her family & friends, receive peace, joy, & strength from God that surpasses all understanding. May our dear classmate rest in peace.
Shelia Reese-Harden
August 14, 2012
Mr Ronald, Greg and Randy,
We were so sorry to hear about Connie. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.
Mary & Mike Redmond
August 14, 2012
She was a very special person and will be missed so much. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this very sad time.
Debbie Adams
August 14, 2012
I was so sad to hear of Connie's passing. There was no one that I can think of more full of love and life than Connie. She will be sorely missed. Her smile was infectious. I will be praying for your family.
Tracy Durham
August 14, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you as you prepare to celebrate Connie's life. She was a light on this earth that will continue to shine and make people smile when they think of her. Her profile message touched everyone. Connie's words will heal and minister, which is God's calling to all of us. See you on the otherside beautiful girl.
Kay Hatfield Rahn Sandt
August 14, 2012
Connie was a sweet person. We were all very lucky to know her.
Kathy Smith
August 14, 2012
We are heartbroken at the loss of Connie. She was a very special friend and we will miss her. Praying for your comfort and peace during this very difficult time. We love you guys!
Van & Donna Horton
August 14, 2012
Mr. Ronald,Randy, Greg i am in shock with this news. She never met a stanger. Greg my husband and i are on the fair committee with you. Yall will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Connie Holloway(wendelken)
August 14, 2012
Connie was a very special person who won't be forgotten. Praying for your family during this difficult time.
Teressa Brown
August 14, 2012
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
margaret moore
August 14, 2012
this is a shcok and a terrible loss to our community. Connie will always be remembered for her perpetual smile and her love for all her friends who heart she touched in a very special way. Our prayers are with her family, may she rest in peace.
Al & Betty Mauro
August 14, 2012
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
KATRINA HUNTER
August 14, 2012
Dear Burns Family, I cannot express in words the loss our community is feeling,thru Connies passing. Her funny wit, her silly self, and her beautiful smile will be with us forever. This community has lost a true Friend to all. We love you Connie! Our Prayers are extended to the entire Family.
Robbie & Gay (Lowther) Finch
August 14, 2012
My Prayers and thoughts go out to the family, May God wrap His loving arms around you at this time.
Sandie Hendry
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