Mr. William Thomas Burns, 82, passed away peacefully at his home in Kilmichael, MS on Monday, November 14, 2022. He was born in Winona, MS, on May 31, 1940, to William Grady and Ava Jeffcoat Burns. He was a lifelong member of the Huntsville Church of Christ near Kilmichael. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran and a 1960 graduate of Big Black High School in Kilmichael. He married Katie Boyd on June 17, 1961 at the bride’s home in Poplar Creek. Before retiring, he was an installer for Western Electric Communications. Thomas and his fellow installers worked jobs in telephone central offices all over the Southeast and occasionally other places, forming close bonds that lasted for life. Later, Thomas was a quality auditor for Marconi and Reltek. After ‘retirement’, he raised cattle and cut hay.
Mr. Burns is survived by his wife, Katie Boyd Burns of Kilmichael; daughters, Tina Burns Murrell (Steven Don) of Gonzales, LA and Karen Burns Ball (Matthew Stanton) of Laceys Spring, AL; and three grandsons, Eric Thomas Murrell (Alexis DeZayas), Kevin Donald Murrell (Emma Gordon), and Matthew Stanton Ball, Jr. (Audrey Eckart). In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Grady Warren Burns, and granddaughter, Rebecca Denise Ball.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 18, at Huntsville Church of Christ, French Camp, MS. Burial will follow in the Church cemetery, with Military Honors. Mr. Darrell Surrette and Mr. Nathan Wright will officiate the service. Pallbearers will be Eric Murrell, Kevin Murrell, Stan Ball, Steve Murrell, Matt Ball, and Paul Cummings.
Visitation will be Friday, November 18, from noon until service time at the Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, PO Box 22324, New York, NY 10087 or online at http://www.lls.org, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at http://www.stjude.org.