Terry Gene Burns

January 4, 1947July 27, 2013
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Terry G. Burns, 66 years old, of Bartlett, TN, passed away on July 27, 2013. He is survived by his wife Sherry, of 33 years, children Toni Reaves of Southaven, MS, Brandon Burns (Laura) of Bartlett, TN and Amanda Wolfe of Bartlett, TN, father, Mike Burns, Jr. of Waverly, TN, grandchildren Colton and Caleb Martin; Porter, Morgan and MacCrea Burns and Audrielle Walk, brothers, Larry Burns (Linda) of Jackson, TN, Michael Burns (Connie) of McEwen, TN and aunt, Marcia (Ralph) Simpson of Waverly, TN. He was preceded in death by his mother, Oveda Burns. Mr. Burns served in the U.S. Army and was a Vietnam War Veteran he received a Purple Heart and Silver Star for his service. He was retired from Southwest TN Community College where he was Computer Analyst. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. The family will receive friends at Memphis Funeral Home at 3700 N. Germantown Road, Bartlett, TN on Friday from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Memphis Funeral Home, Dogwood Chapel at 3700 N. Germantown Road, Bartlett, TN. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.


  • Visitation Friday, August 2, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 3, 2013

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Vaneda Beck

July 29, 2014

I was thinking about you the other day and I log into my email and it showed where your guest book had been signed. I guess this was a sign for me to come over here and talk to you. I remember our jokes. I remember you trying not to laugh at mine but would burst out in laughter when you couldn't hold it in any longer. I remember when my mom passed and you were the only one who knew that I didn't want to talk. We talked about something else besides my mom. You were more than a colleague, you were a friend and a blessing. I miss you my friend but I do know you are in a better place. God's Love!

Idona Davis

July 26, 2014

Terry left us a year ago, but he will never leave my heart. My Cousin Terry was more than just an Army hero, Silver Star and Purple Heart recipient from the Vietnam War, he was my personal hero.
Terry saved my life by catching me when I fell out of the ole apple tree in my Aunt Susie's front yard when I was eleven years old. Just before he left for Vietnam, he came home to visit my Aunt Susie, his maternal grandmother, “Mother” as she was called instead of Grandmother. We were sitting on the porch swing and Terry noticed a big red apple at the top of the ole apple tree and said, “I bet you can't get to that big red apple at the top!” and of course that is all he had to say because he knew I would do just about anything for him. Terry would joke and kid with me and ride me on the ‘scooter' whenever he came to visit.
So off I went, climbing all the way to the top and snatched that big ole apple, only to find that it was beginning to rot at the top. I threw the apple down to Terry and on my decent, I stepped on a limb that broke and I began to fall, scrapping my body as I fell through the tree limbs and then suddenly there was Terry! He had caught me with both arms holding me tight with tears flowing down his cheeks. “I've got you Idona, I won't let you fall!”
As I held onto Terry's neck and then looked back at the tree and just where I would have landed was a plow with tiller blades that would have impaled my body had Terry not reached out and caught me. Yes, I owe my life to my dear sweet cousin, Terry Gene Burns.
~Idona Davis~

Selena Grimes

August 18, 2013

To put it simply, Terry was a good man. I worked closely with him for over twenty years and I respected and appreciated him for the entire time. There was not much that I could ask him and he didn't know the answer or find the answer. He was truly my rock when it came to data mining. To Terry's family, I can only imagine the depth of loss that you are feeling at this time. My thoughts and prayers will remain with you always.

Vaneda Beck

August 17, 2013

Terry, you are really going to be missed. One thing I could always count on from you is you making me not only smile but laugh on a daily basis. You became a friend my first day in the department and I am going to truly miss you. Your family will be in my prayers.

Scott Martin

August 15, 2013

I enjoyed working with Terry for 22 years. Terry and I helped each other out a lot when needed and he was always willing to assist with a project. I know Terry's friends, family and co-workers will miss him very much. Terry was a wonderful person to know and served his country well. My prayers go out to the family.

Lynn & Reid

August 13, 2013

We were so very sorry to hear of Terry's passing. We still consider you family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

carolyn green

August 9, 2013

I went to Oakhaven with Terry, Larry and Linda. I have so many memories of Terry being the hall monitor and rushing me to class, playing on the football team and just knowing him. He was a really wonderful person in HS and from the comments I am sure he continue that as an adult. I appreciate his service to our country. Know I am praying for you and your family. Carolyn Nichols Green

Tammy Lambdin

August 6, 2013

Terry was truly the most honorable and decent man I have ever known. If half the people in the world were half a decent as Terry, there would be no problems.

My prayers are with his family. I cannot imagine the whole in your lives. Know he is with God and watching over you.

Jessica Mayberry LPN

August 3, 2013

Our hearts and prayers go out to Ms.Sherry and her family. We the weekend crew at Humphreys County Nursing Home always looked forward to seeing Terry come up to visit his dad. There was always good times and good stories to be shared.

Gaynell & Paul Dudenhefer

August 3, 2013

Terry was one of the most helpful and likeable colleagues at State Tech. He helped us tremendously and willingly. May God welcome him and bless his family.