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Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home

3321 Glynn Ave, Brunswick, GA

OBITUARY

Dorothy Mae Burns

July 7, 1935February 10, 2020

Dorothy M. Burns, 84, of St. Simons Island, departed this life Monday, Feb. 20, 2020, at Hospice of the Golden Isles. The funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, at Christ Church Frederica, with Father Tom Purdy officiating. A private family interment will follow in Christ Church Cemetery. She was born July 7, 1935, in Columbus, Ohio, to the late Franklin R. and Opal E. McCormick. As a child, Dot was a Daddy's girl; her father, a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, instilled in Dot a steadfast, strong sense of service which followed her the rest of her accomplished life. Dot Burns was a trailblazer, pioneer and key player in the rise to majority status of the Georgia Republican Party. An early Hall County Republican Party chair, she later led the ninth Congressional District GOP, served as First Vice Chair of the state GOP and became a major force in the state. She was elected Republican National Committeewoman, a national delegate to numerous political conventions and elected multiple times as a Presidential elector. Dot was involved in over 100 local, state and federal elections and played leadership roles in the campaigns of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Mack Mattingly, Johnny Isakson, Phil Gramm, Herman Cain and Paul Coverdell, who tapped Dot to lead his statewide political committee throughout his tenure in the U.S. Senate. She also served on the Hall County Board of Elections, the board of Lake Lanier Islands Development Authority and Board of Trustees of Lakeview Academy. A bit of personal history - Dot attended St. Genevieve of the Pines Catholic School in Asheville N.C., and attended Florida State University, where she dated a lot ... and studied not so much! Then, she fortuitously attended The Marymount School of Medical Records in Columbus, Ohio. Upon graduation, she moved to Charleston, S.C. She became a medical records librarian at Old Roper Hospital, where she met Dad and his crew!!!! The rest is a beautiful history!!! As a member of the Junior League of Gainesville, Ga., Dot recognized a need for the speech and hearing impaired. She learned and taught Braille. This center still remains strong. Dot was a huge proponent of education, and an extremely proud founding member of Lakeview Academy!!! All four of her children graduated from Lakeview Academy. We were mandated to "hang our own shingle" upon graduation: from medical school, law school, CPA - master's in taxation and interior design. Dot and James retired over 10 years ago and moved to Marshes Edge. She loved to make people laugh and though unrefined at times, she did a pretty good job. Bringing laughter and joy to others made her most happy!!!! Survivors include her husband of 60 years, James Roy Burns Jr. MD of St. Simons Island; four children, Frank Burns of Atlanta, Patricia Burns of St. Simons Island, Mary Burns (MD) Tanenblatt and husband Eric of Atlanta and Mark Burns and wife Dani of Gainesville, Ga.; nine grandchildren; and one sister, Betty McGehee of Boynton Beach, Fla. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Hospice of the Golden Isles or Christ Church. Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home, www.edomillerandsons.com, is entrusted with arrangements

Services

  • Funeral Service Sunday, February 16, 2020

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ernie boetz

February 17, 2020


hi jim, thinking about you and family,

take good care, ernie boetz.

Charles Rinkevich

February 16, 2020

We’ve lost a wonderful woman. Sympathies to Dr Jim and the entire family.

Tony Patterson

February 16, 2020

When I think of Dot Burns, I think of someone who loved to "live life LARGE !! " Wonderful memories with Dot, Jimmy and your amazing family of Trish, Mary, Frank & Mark. Myself and Mom will be thinking of you in the upcoming days. Nothing but Peace & Love for you guys.

Sincerely,

Daisy Patterson & Tony Patterson

Lewis Glenn

February 14, 2020

Dr. Burns, I was sorry to hear about your loss. I always enjoyed seeing you and Dot at the Beach Club to catch up on all the latest Island news. I did not know of all of Dot's accomplishments, but she was certainly an influential person in govenmental affairs in our state and country. I know that she will be missed by so many family and friends.

Please take care, and my thoughts and prayers are with you during this very tough time.

Lewis Glenn

Rose Tomas

February 13, 2020

I didn't have the honor to meet this lovely lady but I know her daughter and her husband and that tells me she had to be wonderful because those are nicest people I have ever met. I'm so sorry for for this family's loss all are in my prayers love Tomas and Rose Tomas

Pat Hennen Wehunt

February 13, 2020

Remembering Dot and Jimmy Burns as good friends of my parents, Bill and Edna Hennen. I live on Saint Simons now...a beautiful place for Dot to peacefully join our Lord. Prayers for Jimmy and family.

Pat Hennen Wehunt

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FROM THE FAMILY