John Walter Burns, 81, died Monday, February 13, 2012.
A native of Jackson County, he was the son of the late Manita Burns Jackson and John W. Hackney. He retired from the Jefferson Textile Mills and the Jefferson School System, and was a member of Paradise A.M.E. Church, Jefferson. Mr. Burns was preceded in death by a sister, Ms. Sadie Miller, Lincoln, Ala.
Survivors include four daughters, Anita B. Crosby, Rinda McDaniel, both of Stone Mountain, and Kimberly B. Gower, Patricia Fanning, both of Lithonia; a son, Ronald C. Burns, Jefferson; sister, Mary Ellen Byers, Roanoke, Va.; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 12 o'clock noon on Thursday, February 16, at Paradise A.M.E. Church with the Rev. Cassandra Hill officiating. Burial will be held at Paradise A.M.E. Memorial Gardens.
The repast will be held in the lower level of Paradise A.M.E. Church immediately after interment.
Floral tributes should be sent to Forestglen Mortuary, 195 Gordon Circle, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Forestglen Mortuary, Jefferson, is in charge of arrangements.