January 7, 1924 – January 24, 2020
Elum Burris was born January 7, 1924 to Needham Alva and Roxa (Johnson) Burris in Malvern, Arkansas. He passed away Friday, January 24, 2020 in Van Buren at the age of 96. He lived in Legacy Heights Retirement Center, was a member of Van Buren First Assembly of God Church, worked for AOG Gas Company for 15 years retiring in 1985, worked for 10 years for AARP free income tax service, was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II serving in Sipan for three years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Oneta Viola Thompson Burris; wife, Louise Mays Burris; daughter, Betty Anita Burris; father, Alvin Needham Burris; mother, Roxa Johnson Burris; sister, Alma Morrison Scrimshire; son, Ronald Gene Burris and brother, Mitchell Alvin Burris.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen Weidman Burris; son, Allen Ray Burris and wife, Cheryl; sister, Melva Sue Burton; many beloved grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Friday, January 31 at McConnell Funeral Home Chapel in Greenwood with burial at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Fort Smith. Viewing will be Thursday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. at the funeral home, where the family will visit with friends from 5 – 7 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Mike and Mark Burris, Danny Morrison, Stephen Burton, Larry Burton and Richard Hall. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Weidman and Larry Mays.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Van Buren First Assembly of God Church Outreach Program.
- Mr. Burris is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen Weidman Burris; son, Allen Ray Burris and wife, Cheryl; sister, Melva Sue Burton; many beloved grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
- Danny Morrison
- Stephen Burton
- Richard Hall
- Larry Burton
- Mark Burris
- Mike Burris
- Bill Weidman, Honorary
- Larry Mays, Honorary
- Van Buren First Assembly of God Church Outreach Program
- Funeral Service Friday, January 31, 2020
- Viewing Thursday, January 30, 2020
- Family Visitation Thursday, January 30, 2020
February 8, 2020
I love you Elum you're an inspiration to us all
February 2, 2020
Grandpa - There are no words to describe how much I will miss you and how much I love you. I have so many wonderful memories of the times we were blessed to share. The trips to Branson, Malvern, the train ride, and many other little excursions. The aggravation games - so aggravating :-) and checkers at Cracker Barrel. The many fun games, activities, and events at Legacy Heights. And just being able to sit and talk and cutup with you. I will miss spending time with you and seeing your smile and your loving and caring heart. I know where you are and that I will see you again. Thank you for the amazing legacy you left. Your Granddaughter Yvonne <3
January 28, 2020
I am so grateful that we were able to reconnect when we did. I want to thank you because I truly believe my recovery is in part due to your kind words and prayers. My heart is hurting right now but it is also stronger because of you. Thank you for everything, especially following your heart which granted me the gift of being your grandson. Your great grandson is a good man and I just pray he can make you proud. You will always be in our hearts and in my prayers and I know we will see each other again.
Shane Allen Burris