Born Oct. 28, 1935, in Kennett, son of the late James Russell and Pauline Wicker Burns, he served in the National Guard, and was a history teacher at Kennett Public School for over 30 years. He was a member of St. Cecilia's Catholic Church, a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Dunklin County Genealogy Society.
Survivors include two nieces, Katie and husband, Moses Porterfield, of Kennett, and Elizabeth Stephens and husband, Kimbrough, of Helena, Ark.; a sister-in-law, Sue Burns, of Kennett; three cousins, Pam Lambert and husband, Morris, of Kennett, and Bill Wicker and Terri Campbell, both of Bellingham, Wash.; One great-niece, Caroline Stephens, of Helena; three great-nephews, Jack and Judd Stephens, both of Helena and Sam Porterfield, of Kennett, and other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Burns.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m., today, Wednesday, Dec. 22, at Bradshaw Funeral Home in Kennett.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 23, at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church in Kennett with Father Allan Saunders officiating.
Burial will follow in the Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Jack Burns Memorial Scholarship, Kennett Public School or the St. Cecilia's Catholic Church.