Lani B. Acton

July 16, 1956July 14, 2012

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. - Lani B. Acton-Burcham, 56, entered into rest on July 14, 2012. A mass will be celebrated 10 AM Friday, July 20, 2012, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Thomas Healy . Ms. Acton-Burcham, a long time resident of Hephzibah, worked for the Richmond County Board of Education. She has been employed with RCBOE for 30 years. She has been actively involved with many charitable organizations such as Project Linus, Children's Week Arts in the Heart, Jerry Lewis Telethon, and Shawls for Seniors, and the Annual Trick or Trunk at Halloween in Hephzibah. She has been actively involved with the PTA in Georgia and has local offices such as PTA President, Vice President, Secretary and several Chairperson Jobs. She held PTA Richmond County Council Offices as Secretary and several Chairperson jobs. She also served as Secretary of the Ga. District Level. She has been a Boy Scout and a Girl Scout leader. Ms. Burcham has also worked at Berlin Methodist Church as a Sunday School Teacher and Nursery Teacher. Ms. Burcham also worked for 5 years as Primetime (Y) Counselor at the Blythe Site. Ms. Burcham is survived by her Father Jim Burcham of Hephzibah; a brother , John B Acton III of North Hollywood, Ca, and his wife Anne. She is preceded in death by her mother, Nellie B. Burcham; brother, Heath James (Jaime) Burcham and by Maternal Grandparents Peter and Adela Gonzalez and Paternal Grandparents Ernest and Elizabeth Burcham. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday evening at Elliott Sons Funeral Home, 2524 Lumpkin Road , Augusta, Georgia.


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 17, 2012
  • Visitation Wednesday, July 18, 2012
  • Memorial Service Friday, July 20, 2012

Lani B. Acton

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Ivy Roberson

March 18, 2013

i am so sorry for your lost, Lani will be missed but most of all remembered with deepest love, Ivy Roberson

diane haygood

August 28, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Lydia Jones

July 21, 2012

I am so sorry for the loss of Lani. She was one of a kind. There was no kinder heart or truer friend than Lani. She lit up the room like sunshine everyday. Life at school will be so different and the Halls of Blythe will never be the same. God bless you all. She was so loved and always will be!

July 21, 2012

We are so sorry for your loss .she had a way about her me and my son loved .my son is now 21 and still can see her smile as I can .
May GOD bless you all,Julie and Jeremy Weathersbee

Mae and Faye Darnell, Amber Upchurch & Katelyn Penrow

July 20, 2012

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say.
But first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness;
Here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through.
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you.

It's good to have you back again,
you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, They'll be here later on.
I need you here badly, you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man,"

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years.
Because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry: it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
If I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is over.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
But together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too;
That as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain;
Then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented...that my life was worthwhile.
Knowing as I passed along the way I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low;
Just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street
and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go....from that body to be free.
Remember you're not're coming here to me

Edwinia Bell

July 20, 2012

I am so sory to hear about the loss of your love one. I remember Lani and her constant smile as she worked with my mother Ms. Bell at Blythe Elementary School. May God continue to keep and comfort you during this time of sorrow.

Edwinia Bell and Family

Denise Nutt

July 19, 2012

Ms. Burcham was great person. She will really be missed by alot of parents and students and staff. Just this past school year she was a big help with my grandson. She will be missed. Denise,Kevin,Brittni,Kenneth,Nutt

Judy Carter

July 19, 2012

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and to Blythe Elementary. You have lost a dear wonderful family member and we have lost a truly magnificent friend but now Heaven has a very special angel! R I P Ms.Lani!! You will never be forgotten and I was truly blessed to have known you!!! Judy Carter Blythe Elementary

Lauralyn MacLean

July 19, 2012

Jim and John,
My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult loss of Lani. What an amazing daughter and sister.

Claudette Beach

July 19, 2012

John and Jim, you both know how much we love you and have considered you all family. We are so sorry to hear about Lani. She was such a beautiful person and was such an accomplished young woman! She loved what she did and was totally happy with her job. That is a hard thing for lots of people these days, to do what they want to do and to stick with it and do it well!
I can't be there with you, but you all will be in my heart and thoughts tomorrow and for the days to come. Please stay in touch. I love you guys!