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ROGER WILLIAM BURNS, the son of the late Ollie B. Lotharp and the late Ander Burns Sr. was born in Anson County, NC.  He departed this life on February 7, 2020 at Novant Health-Matthews Medical Center, Matthews, NC.

He attended the public schools of Anson County and was a graduate of Bowman High School.  He served in the United States Army for four years and was honorably discharged.  He then joined the National Guard where he retired from.

He was a member of Sanctorium Lodge #25.  He was employed by Valley Proteins.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Eloise Reid and a brother, Clarence Burns. 

He was united in marriage to Sarah Polk Burns for 41 years.  To this union were 4 children: Eythan Garris of Wadesboro, NC, Laquita Burns of Wadesboro, NC, Roger (Avis) Burns of Wingate, NC and William (Toni) Burns of Polkton, NC. 

Also left to cherish his memories are 13 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; one sister, Arleen Burns of Polkton, NC; one brother, Ander (Emma) Burns of Greensboro, NC; sisters-in-law, Mattie Burns, Annie Taylor and Mary Polk; brothers-in-law, Ernest (Dana) Polk and Henry Polk all  of Polkton, NC.  A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The Homegoing Services were held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 2:00pm, Smith's Memorial Chapel, 604 Salisbury Street, Wadesboro, North Carolina.  Burial followed in the family plot of Williams Cemetery.

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  • Friday, February 7, 2020
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Smith's FH
  • Sunday, February 9, 2020
    we are sorry for your lost of my great cousin
    ~ Louis Burns   PEACHLAND, NC
  • Tuesday, February 11, 2020
    My condolences to the Burns Family on the loss of Roger.
    ~ Delane Rorie   Greenville, SC
  • Tuesday, February 11, 2020
    Sorry for your lost My Condolences go out to you all. Our cousin Roger will surely be miss, God Bless.
    ~ Minnie P Staton   Polkton, NC
  • Tuesday, February 11, 2020
    Keep traveling east my brother we are your sisters and brothers who have traveled through the storm with you. may God be with the family at all times. Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Masons and Order of Eastern Stars Central Jurisdiction. Fayetteville North Carolina
  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020
    I am so sadden to hear of Roger’s passing. Please know that you and the family are heavy on my heart and mine? Just lean on family and friends during this difficult time, for they will be there for the purpose of supporting, comforting, and loving you through this journey, which make no sense right now. God has call his angel home, and although absent in the flesh daily, Roger will be present in not only your heart and thoughts daily, he will be watching over you every second of the day. So, my friend Sara, stay strong and know, I am sorry for your loss, and wished I could be there with you. I love you, my friend, and be at peace with yourself today as you celebrate Roger’s homegoing.
    ~ Mable McLendon   AndrewsAir Force Base, MD