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JAMES LARRIE BURNS, known to all of his friends as “Flukie” was born April 14, 1947 to the late Robert Fulton Burns and Claudia Mae Tillman Burns in Anson County Hospital, Wadesboro, NC.  He entered into eternal rest on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Atrium Health-Stanly, Albemarle, NC.

James joined Poplar Springs Missionary Baptist Church at an early age where he remained a member.

He was a 1965 graduate of West Ansonville High School.    In June 1966, he was drafted into the U.S. Army at Fort Jackson, SC and from Fort Jackson he went to Germany.  He fought in the Vietnam War from 1967-1968 in Field Artillery.  He was a member of American Legion Post 446, Marshville, NC.

“Flukie” worked 25 years at Wiscasset Mills in Albemarle, NC.  He then later worked at Mack Meachum Lumber Supply in Monroe, NC.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Fitzgerald Ingram, a grandson, Darion T. Lowery and two sisters, Brenda Grace and Jeanette Burns.

He leaves to cherish one daughter, Tandra Gould-Lowery (Wade) of Kannapolis, NC; three sons, James Davis of Norwood, NC, James Rodney Burns of Charlotte, NC and Dustin Burns (Jeana) of Stanfield, NC; one god-daughter, Lorri Burns Bennett of Burnsville, NC; three grandchildren, Dagney Horne of Ansonville, NC, Quantavia Lowery of Kannapolis, NC and Jessica Burns of Stanfield, NC; one great grandson, De’Kaleb Harris of Ansonville, NC.

Four sisters, Jonas Tillman of Winston-Salem, NC, Polly Burns and Nannie Burns of Burnsville, NC and Peggy Sturdivant of Oakboro, NC; three brothers, Kermit Burns (Martha), Carl Mack Burns (Sarah) of Burnsville, NC and Casper Joe Burns of Maryland.  Three great aunts, Mrs. Effie Mercer of Washington, DC, Mrs. Ruth Davis (John) of Washington, DC and Mrs. Thelma Burns of Burnsville, NC.  Special nephews that grew up in the home, Marcus Burns, Cordarius Burns of Wadesboro, NC and Isiah Hammonds of Lancaster, SC along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins as well as his Vietnam Buddy, Nathaniel Davis of Ansonville, NC.

The Homegoing Services were held on Saturday, February 15, 2020, 1:00pm, Poplar Springs Missionary Baptist Church, the Burnsville Community, Polkton, North Carolina.  Burial followed in the family plot of the Church Cemetery.

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  • Saturday, February 8, 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
  • Tuesday, February 11, 2020
    To the family, I would like to share my deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear love one. " When someone you love becomes a memory that memory becomes a treasure may that treasure fill your heart with love and bring you peace. " (Rev.21:4). My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.
    ~ Lucy Culbertson
  • Saturday, February 15, 2020
    Family, I want you to know that you are in our prayers during this time of sorrow. And remember; to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord!
    ~ Eddie & Emily Maske   Peachland, NC
  • Saturday, February 15, 2020
    Sending our condolences and empathy. He will be greatly missed.
    ~ Louis & Mary Burns   Peachland