Charlene Atkinson Burns

February 5, 1930January 30, 2018
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Charlene Atkinson Burns, 87, of Conway, AR went to be with her Lord and Savior on January 30, 2018. Charlene was born February 5, 1930 in Pine Bluff, AR to the late Charles and Norma Ellison Atkinson. She attended St. Louis Institute of Music and Washington University in St. Louis. She received a BS in Education (UAM), MS in Education (U of A), and a MS in Psychology (UCA). She worked many years as School Teacher in the music and elementary education field. Charlene married Kenneth Burns on September 1, 1967 and they have been married for 50 years. Her parents, sister Celia Birdwell, and sister Mildred Kemp preceded her in death. She leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her loving husband Kenneth Burns; Daughters: Beth Hays (Jim) of Conway and Nancy Bluerock of Sherman, TX; Brothers: Curtis Atkinson of Littleton, CO and John Atkinson (Catherine) of White Hall; Granddaughters: Laura Deem (Zac) of Little Rock and Sarah Hays of Conway. Charlene was a member of 1st Presbyterian Church of Conway. She served as Moderator of Presbyterian Women. Committal will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Graceland Cemetery, Pine Bluff, AR. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at 1st Presbyterian Church, Conway. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to 1st Presbyterian Church, 2400 Prince St, Conway, AR 72034; or to St. Joseph’s Indian School, P.O. Box 326, Chamberlain, SD 57326. Online obituary is available at


  • Committal Service Saturday, February 3, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 3, 2018

Charlene Atkinson Burns

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Deborah Brockman Beard

February 6, 2018

Mr. Burns, I was sorry to learn about Mrs. Burns' death. From your pictures, I can tell that you had a very happy 50 years together. I'm sure you have many memories that will be comforting to you as you adjust to life without Mrs. Burns. I agree with Ginger Tarver Johnson that she is the reason that so many of us Star City girls and boys can read music. I have to say, however, that I have never heard Ginger play the piano so .... ? I, however, can sit down and play some of my recital pieces. Prayers for you and the girls.

Sue Jones

February 3, 2018

What a great zeal for life. Aunt Charlene was always so interesting to talk to. I love the photos. What a great Mother, Grandma, Aunt, and Sister! She will be missed.

Ginger Johnson

February 2, 2018

Mr. Burns,
I am so very sorry to hear about Ms. Burns. She is the reason I can read music and play the piano. She was a great, dedicated choir director and teacher. Sympathy to you and your family during this time.
Ginger Kay Tarver Johnson

February 2, 2018

Nancy, Kay and I are so sorry to hear about your Mother.

Larry and Kay Sawatzki

Anna Rice

February 2, 2018

Nancy so sorry to hear of your Mother passing. May God Bless and great peace to all the family.

Bert Townsend

February 2, 2018

Nancy, praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

Gail Cooper

February 1, 2018

Kenneth, prayers to you and your family.

February 1, 2018

May God's loving kindness comfort you and help you through this very sad time
Psalms 29:11

Johnnie Thomas

February 1, 2018

Nancy, my thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find strength and comfort through God and help from your friends.

Gary Cummings

February 1, 2018

Nancy, please accept my deepest condolences and sympathy. May GOD hold you up, strengthen you, and comfort you and your family during these difficult times.

Gary and Mindra Cummings