Colonel Jerald Charles Burns

August 27, 1939September 11, 2013

Colonel Jerald Charles Burns, 74, a resident of Montgomery, died Wednesday, September 11, 2013. Visitation will be Sunday, September 15, 2013 from 5-7 pm at White Chapel Funeral Home. A funeral service, officiated by Rev. Phillip McKenna, will be held at Our Lady Queen of Mercy Catholic Church on Monday, September 16, 2013 at 2 pm. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Col. Burns was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Louise Starr Burns, father and mother, Gerald Dennis Burns and Stella Stanislaw Burns, his twin brother, James Edward Burns, his brother, Lawrence Dennis Burns, his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Lawrence Hubert Hill, Sr. and Mary Etta Starr Hill, his sister-in-law, Rebecca "Becky" Sullivan Starr. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Matthew Joseph Shoemaker and Mary Carroll Burns Shoemaker, his son and daughter-in-law, Jerald Charles Burns, Jr. and Marguerite Peters Kahn Burns and his two grandchildren, John David Tillman Burns and Marguerite England Burns, his brothers and sisters-in-law Michael Paul Burns and Rose Marie Klem Burns, Thomas William Burns and Rozella E. Turner-Burns, sister and brother-in-law Mark Crain Sanders and Maureen Ann Burns Sanders, sister Margaret Kathryn Johnson, sister-in-law Sharon Keimath Burns and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John Carroll Starr, Jr. and Barbara Thompson Starr. Pallbearers will be, Michael Paul Burns, Michael Paul Burns, Jr., Lawrence Herbert Hill, Jr., John Brant Hill, Bryan Keith Kelley, Matthew Allen Moore, John Carroll Starr III, Daniel Spencer Starr and Robert Horace Starr. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Bradford Cooper III, John Carroll Starr, Jr., John Carroll Starr IV, and Spencer Alan Starr. Col. Burns was born in Highland Park, MI on August 27, 1939. He was married on September, 2, 1967 at Our Lady Queen of Mercy Catholic Church. He attended Loyal University receiving his B.S. degree in 1961. While at Loyal University, he achieved the distinction of becoming the Army R.O.T.C. Brigade Commander. After graduation he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army and proudly served his country for 24 years. While in service to his country he had the honor of serving with the 5th Special Forces Group during the Vietnam War. Throughout his outstanding military career he received numerous decorations, medals and awards. After retiring from the Army and receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama he devoted 21 years to being a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences at Alabama State University. Col. Burns was a soldier, a scholar, and a teacher but most of all a loving husband, father, and a very proud grandfather. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either the Wounded Warrior Project or Catholic Social Services of Montgomery. White Chapel-Greenwood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


  • Visitation Sunday, September 15, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, September 16, 2013

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M. King

September 22, 2013

I am a better person for having known Colonel Jerald C. Burns. I appreciate greatly his service to our country and his belief in and love of family and friends. He led by example and what a wonderful example he was. My condolences to his children and family.

Linda Powell

September 16, 2013

I am grateful for the honor of having known Col Burns To his family; you are in my prayers and know that he will be truly missed by his Crowne Family
Linda Powell RN


September 16, 2013

I had the honor to serve with Col, Burns at ASU, he will be greatly missed.

Joe Burns

September 16, 2013

In your time of loss know that you have the deepest sympathies from the Burns family in Virginia. We are sorry we cannot be there today to celebrate the life of someone so close to our hearts. May "Pap Pap" (as he was known to my daughters) rest in peace. It is fitting that Uncle Jerry passed away on Patriots Day. His service to our country will not be forgotten.

Love Joe, Kristin, Tori and Megan

Katherine Burns

September 15, 2013

I'm sorry I can not be at Uncle Jerry's services. He will be in my heart and prayers, as are Larry and Dad (Jim)!

Jesse, Emily and Jalen Stinson

September 15, 2013

With Our Deepest Sympathy, To The BURNS Family. you're in our prayers at this sad and difficult time. The Stinson's.


September 15, 2013

Sorry for your lost. May the family find comfort in God's word the Bible. 2 Timothey 3:16

B. Gardner

September 15, 2013

Please except my condolences. I am very sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time. Lean on Him for support through prayer and reading his word the Bible daily.

September 15, 2013

I salute Colonel Burns for his service to our country; in war and peace.

Ken Longcrier

Romanda Myrick

September 15, 2013

I am sorry for your loss. Col. Burns and I always talked about the military. He was a patient at the facility where I work. He would call me Major Romanda,He would say to me, how's the moral of the troops, I would say it's fine. I'm going to miss seeing him but he's in a better place. To the family take comfort in knowing he's at peace.