|Peter Theophile Burns, Sr.|
Funeral services for Peter Theophile Burns, Sr., 88, of Natchez, who died, Tuesday, April 6, 2010, were held Friday, April 9, 2010, 11 a.m. at St. Mary Basilica with Father David O'Connor officiating. Burial followed at Natchez City Cemetery under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.
Mr. Burns was born October 19, 1921 in Adams County, MS the fifth child and third son of Francis Parnell and Honora Grady Burns.
He was a 1939 graduate of Cathedral High School where he was the quarterback for the first ever Cathedral football team in the fall of 1938. He then proudly served his country in the Coast Guard, stationed in the South Pacific during World War II.
Mr. Burns was active in the lumber and timber business as well as an owner of Burn's Shoe Store. He was a lifetime member of St. Mary Basilica; Knights of Columbus, serving as Grand Knight and the Faithful Navigator of the Fourth Degree; Krewe of Phoenix, serving as a Duke in 1987; and the Krewe of Killarney.
He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Anthony, Patrick, and Andrew Burns; two sisters, Mary Agnes B. Frye and Noreen B. Aubic.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Therese' Chouest Burns; three daughters, Annette Burns and husband, Charles, Ann Burns, all of Natchez, Melanie Kennedy and husband Rick of Vidalia; five sons, Parnell Burns, Peter Burns, Jr. and wife Diane, of Natchez, John Burns and Michael McGehee of Atlanta, GA, David Burns and wife Shirley of Cut Off, LA, Paul Burns and wife Laura of Natchez; fifteen grandchildren, Conner Burns of Natchez, Theresa B. Anderson and husband Russ of Charlotte, NC; Max Mullins and wife Libby of Jasper, TX, Elizabeth M. Turner and husband Blake of Natchez, Francis "Trey" Burns and wife Melissa of Houston, TX, Brandi B. Klein and husband Andrew, of Jackson, MS, Sara B. Searcy and husband Brett of Cypress, TX, Fletcher Mims of Natchez, Carter Burns and Tyler Burns of Jackson, Patrick Vogt, of Natchez, Davin Burns and wife Angelique, Dane Burns, all of Larose, LA, Peter Burns, III of Boone, NC and Harrison Burns of Natchez; nine great-grandchildren, Brendan Anderson, Brittany Funderburg, Brooks Turner, Makayla and Madison Burns, Adriana, Destyn and Ashton Burns, and Marijain Burns; one great-great grandchild, James Campbell Funderburg; two sisters, Margaret Burns and Ann Elizabeth Garrity of Natchez; one sister in law, Hazel Chouest Faulk, of Larose.
The family expresses a special thank you to Thamathy Banks, Camille Barnes, Shanta Dunmore, April Jenkins and Debra Richardson. Pallbearers were Andy Burns, Tim Burns, Jim Faulk, Byron Garrity, Joe Garrity, Henry LeBlanc, Pat Burns, Jr., and Bob Faulk.
Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Walter Dawkins, Dr. Jerry Iles, Billy Abbott, and Dr. Tom Borum.
Memorials may be made to Burns-Grady Family Memorial Trust, Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Jackson, MS, P.O. Box 2248, Jackson, MS 39225 or a charity of choice.