OBITUARY

James Colon "Jim" Burns

September 15, 1934November 14, 2013
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HICKORY - James Colon (Jim) Burns, 79, of Hickory, died peacefully on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at Catawba Regional Hospice of Catawba County, surrounded by his family. Mr. Burns was preceded by his parents, Raymond Colon and Johnsie Childers Burns of Hildebran, and a daughter, Ramona Gayle B. Frye. Mr. Burns is survived by his wife of 55 years, Phyllis Fisher Burns of Hickory, one son, James Colon Burns II (Kim) of Hickory, and six grandchildren: James Colon Burns, III (Jamie), Jacob Christopher Burns, and Joshua Alan Burns, all of Hickory, and April Kristine Frye of Oregon, Larry Anthony Frye of Catawba, and James Edward Frye of Durham. Also surviving are two sisters, Phyllis B. Yost (Bill) of Granite Falls and Ramona B. Sanders (J.C.) of Shelby, and brother, Joel D. Burns (Donna) of Hildebran; son-in-law, Tony Frye. He also leaves behind a number of nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, cousins, and special friend, Harold “Buck” King. Mr. Burns was born September 15, 1934 in Burke County, NC. He was a 1952 graduate of Hildebran High School. Jim was a United States Army veteran. He worked for the United States Post Office from 1967 until retirement in 1992. In 1993 he was employed by Catawba County Schools, retiring in 2011. For more than 40 years, he was a referee for college, high school, middle school, and recreational league football, basketball, baseball, and softball. He was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church in Hildebran. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 17, 2013, at 3:00 P. M. at Hickory Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be the Rev. Dr. Harry Griffin and Rev. Ronald Arndt. The family will remain at Hickory Funeral Home after the service. Memorials may be made to Faith E & R Church, 204 19th. Ave., SW, Hickory, NC 28602 or First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 220, Hildebran, N C,. 28637. Condolences may be made online at www.hickoryfh.com. Hickory Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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  • MEMORIAL SERVICE Sunday, November 17, 2013
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James Colon "Jim" Burns

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Jackie Wilson

November 19, 2013

Jim was such a gentleman and encouraged me when I was not so sure the post office was the job for me. I was so glad to see his smiling face every morning! It is a blessing that he touched so many lives.

November 19, 2013

So sorry to hear about Jim I am sure he will be missed. I drove for bus company that went to Harrahs at Cherokee and how he loved to go Him and his unlite cigar I always called him cigar man.
Troy Campbell

Seth Keener

November 17, 2013

On behalf of all the baseball players that games you umpired over the years, all the catchers you crouched behind calling balls and strikes, all the umpires you helped to make better and had comradarie with, our deepest thanks and appreciation.

michelle fox

November 17, 2013

I am so sorry all of you are in my thoughts and prayers I pray God willhold you all in his arms pouring out his love blessings upon you

Judy, Grady and Julie Bowman

November 16, 2013

So sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Wishing you God's peace.

Jane Strand

November 16, 2013

You will be greatly missed. You and family will always be in my heart. Much love, Strand family

Helen Patnaude

November 16, 2013

Gerald and Helen Patnaude would like to send our deepest sympathies to all the family of our cousin Jim Burns. You will be missed dear man.

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