Vinis Leon Burgess

August 21, 1931September 29, 2017

V. Leon Burgess passed away from this life on Friday, September 29, 2017, in Kaufman, Texas, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Grapevine, Texas on August 21, 1931, Leon was 86 years old. He served in the Army in the 1950’s and married the love of his life, Faye Burgess, in 1960. Faye and Leon were married for 53 years until her passing in 2013. He retired from Continental Airlines after working for them for many years in different parts of the US, followed by a second career with Tex Pack Express. Leon loved to fish and enjoyed the outdoors, and he loved traveling with his wife Faye, and they both enjoyed going on cruises. Leon is preceded in death by his wife Faye; four brothers; one sister; and great grandson Aidyn Jones. He is survived by his children, Mary Louise Vickers & husband Roy, David Branton & wife Carolyn, Paula Sharp & husband Mike, Debbie Graham, and Randy Burgess & wife Dianna; brother, Glen B. (Junior) Burgess; 13 grand children; numerous great grandchildren & great-great grandchildren; and many caregivers & friends to cherish his memory. Visitation will be held on Monday, October 2, 2017 from 6 -8 p.m. at Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Kaufman, Texas. The funeral service for Mr. Burgess will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 3, 2017 also at Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home with interment to immediately follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Seagoville, Texas. Pallbearers will be Billy Odell, Frankie Odell, Dave Branton, Toby Sharp, Shane Branton, Jason Jones, Ben Crouch, Matthew Branton, Josh Jones, Taylor Lewis, Chris Burgess, Logan Jones, Jordan Jones, Blake Branton, and Ken Farley.


  • Visitation Monday, October 2, 2017
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, October 3, 2017
  • Committal Service Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Vinis Leon Burgess

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Sonja Fischer

October 4, 2017

My deepest sympathy to Suzanne and the Burgess family. God be with you at this sad time.


Debra Spronz

October 4, 2017

To the family of Leon Burgess: I was lucky to meet your father in 1968, when Paula and I became friends during our freshman year of high school. From the first time we met, Mr. and Mrs. Burgess made me feel like part of your family and I loved being in your home. Mr. Burgess was one of the funniest people I have ever known and his jokes would keep me in stitches. One of the funniest things he ever said is something that I have repeated many, many times throughout the years. He said it, one day, as he was driving Paula and me somewhere. We were listening to the radio and at the end of some song, he said, "Up next is Ned Nasty and the Nine Nasty Nostril Pickers singing "I'm Gonna Get You, Booger!" To this day, I laugh when I remember that moment in time. You are a very blessed family to have had such a wonderful man as your father. Your love for him and your memories of him will sustain you as you work through the grief of his passing.


Debra (Key) Spronz