Thomas Lee Burleson

December 6, 1928October 16, 2020

Judge Thomas Lee Burleson, age 91 of Hanceville, went to be with the Lord on Friday, October 16, 2020. He was born on December 6, 1928 to Joseph Calvin and Jennie Bell Wooldridge Burleson in a poor, rural farming community in Marion County. After serving two separate times in the United States Army, he was determined to get an education. He attended St. Bernard College along with other colleges before getting his degree from Auburn University. He spent 17 years as a teacher and principal before becoming the Cullman County Probate Judge. He served as Probate Judge for 24 years. After retiring, he enjoyed vegetable and cattle farming. He was a faithful and involved member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church, where he held several administrative positions. He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters and four brothers. His survivors include his wife of 64 years, Dorothy Hicks Burleson; sons: Mike Burleson and Tim (Kim) Burleson; sister, Betty Rooker; grandchildren: Joseph Burleson, MiKayla Burleson, Ali Burleson and Justin (Jessica) Bishop; three great grandchildren and former daughter-in-law, Lisa Bishop. His family will receive friends at Moss Service Funeral Home on Monday, October 19, 2020 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Services will be held at St. Andrews United Methodist Church on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with Greg Rucker, Bro. Delbert Freeman and Rev. Robert Lancaster officiating. He will lie-in-state beginning at 10:00 a.m. until service time. Moss Service Funeral Home directing. Condolences and special memories may be shared at


  • Dorothy Hicks Burleson, Wife
  • Mike Burleson, Son
  • Tim Burleson (Kim), Son
  • Betty Rooker, Sister
  • Joseph Burleson, Grandson
  • MiKayla Burleson, Granddaughter
  • Ali Burleson, Granddaughter
  • Justin Bishop (Jessica), Grandson
  • Three Great Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren
  • _____________, Preceded In Death ________
  • Joseph Calvin Burleson, Father (deceased)
  • Jennie Bell Wooldridge Burleson, Mother (deceased)
  • Four Sisters, Sisters (deceased)
  • Four Brothers, Brothers (deceased)

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  • Visitation

    Monday, October 19, 2020

  • Lie-In-State

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020

  • Celebration of Life Funeral Service

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020

  • Interment

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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Laurie Hall

October 26, 2020

On behalf of the Alabama Probate Judges Association, please accept our condolences and know that all the family of Hon. Burleson will be in our thoughts and prayers.


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