Franklin Burns, age 82, of Oak Hill, West Virginia passed
away the evening of Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at Bowers
Hospice House in Beckley, West Virginia. He demonstrated
tremendous strength and courage during his life, but the
greatest was with his battle of cancer. He is now at peace
among many friends, family and his childhood dog Duke.
Born January 18, 1933 in
Fort Springs, West Virginia he was the son of the late Clyde
Edgar Burns and Lydia Bell Stone Burns. Also preceding him
in death were his brothers Edgar Ray, Kenneth Clyde, James
Robert, Clarence Herman and Ralph Jackson; sister Ruby May;
loving nephews Jack Wickline and Eddie Beck.
Louis graduated from
Alderson High School - Alderson, WV, in 1952.
Louis, commonly referred to as
Buddy, never had a bad word to say about anyone or anything. He was
a member of the Alderson Indians football team from 1950-52. Serving
in the Army during the Korean War, he was very proud of his country.
He was an avid watcher of westerns, especially John Wayne – might be
why his dog was named Duke.
He enjoyed listening to old fashioned Baptist gospel music; so much
that his final hour was spent singing to the Lord and praying. But
the love and joy of his life was his family. He was happiest when he
was spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.
He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife of 57 years, Betty
Lou Gilbert Burns. Louis “Buddy” also leaves two children, Dale
Franklin Burns, and wife Kim; and Louise Burns Miller. Two
grandchildren Jennifer Christine Miller and Chase Franklin Miller.
All of Oak Hill, West Virginia. A sister Margaret Katherine Burns
Wickline, of Lewisburg, West Virginia. Several nieces and nephews. A
loving niece Patsy Beck, of Parma Hts., Ohio.
A celebration of his life will be held at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak
Hill, West Virginia, on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 2:00 PM,
with Pastor Delmas Wolfe officiating. A visitation will be held one
hour prior to the service.
Loving husband, devoted father and grandfather, Louis, better known
as “Buddy, Daddy, and Papaw,” will always remain in the hearts of