Celia Ann Brantley Burns

May 17, 1941August 3, 2014

Ann Burns grew up in Bunn NC & resided in Cary since 1962. She was born in Wayne Co. Michigan, the only daughter to Frances Melva Chappell of KY & Grady Reynolds Brantley of NC.

Ann was a graduate of Bunn High School & attended Peace College. Community service was extremely important to her. Ann worked at Dorcas thrift Shop for 19 yrs., & co-founded the Circuit Rider Food Ministry 2 years ago. Ann was a member of the Sondei Vineyard Church, Asbury Station Chapter DAR, Past State President NCSCAR, Colonial Dames & Sigma Xi Zeta Chapter. Her favorite title was “Professional Grandmother”

Ann’s family includes her husband of 53 yrs, TJ Burns, Jr. of Cary, her son Jeff Burns (Nancy) of Clayton; her daughter Mary Suzanne Burns Evans (Jason) of Cary; grandchildren Tommy & Joey Burns, Holly Ann, Andrew, & Merrideth Evans; brother Neal Brantley (Diane) of Clayton; Sister Sheila Cunningham (John) of Vienna VA; sisters-in-laws Peggy, Irene & Gail Brantley, & numerous nieces & nephews.

Service with be held on Thurs. Aug. 7, 2014 at 2pm at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 SE Maynard Rd. Cary, NC 27511, with a visitation will be held at 1pm with service to begin at 2pm. A graveside service will follow at Brier Creek Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Dorcas Ministries Food Pantry, 187 High House Rd, Cary, NC 27511.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, August 7, 2014


Celia Ann Brantley Burns

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Erika Nicole A.

September 7, 2014

I'm sorry to hear about Mrs. Burns. She was a very sweet lady and very giving. Her husband is very sweet also. We all know she is now in the hands of the Lord and shall suffer no more pain.

Paul Hinz

August 13, 2014

Absent from the body means present with the Lord. She was a very sweet lady and very giving of herself. Her presence will be sorely missed.

peggy frick

August 11, 2014

my good fortune to have met Ann and T J , so kind and thoughtful to me newcomer to Cary, she will be missed by many. God bless TJ and family, my prayers are with you.

August 9, 2014

Our deepest sympathy for Ann's family. Ann was a wonderful DAR friend, She will be missed by many.

Jane and Robert Yelvington

jan johnson

August 8, 2014

what a sweet lady! i'm so glad i just talked to you @ dorcas. you were a shining light there, always smiling! lovely lovely person i'll miss you!

Norm and Lane Rose

August 7, 2014

TJ, How greatly Ann will be missed! She was an inspiration to all of us who work in the food pantry. Our love and appreciation to both of you - and to Sondei.

Neal Brantley

August 7, 2014

To each of you that have posted messages, thank you for your concern.

Dot Hoover

August 7, 2014

Ann's kindness and energy always appreciated at Dorcas. Love and prayers to her family!

Jill Straight

August 7, 2014

One of the greatest ladies I've ever met and a true friend. We will miss her so deeply at Dorcas. Thank you Jesus for Ann Burns.

Kathleen A. Uebel

August 6, 2014

Didn't know you long, Ann, but do know you were a Bright Light at Dorcas. You will be greatly missed.