Larry Joe Burns

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Larry Joe Burns

Beloved father, husband, grandfather and uncle, Larry Joe Burns of Rector, Ark., died on March 11, 2019, at the age of 70. He was born to the late Jessie and Stella Burns on Aug. 19, 1948.

He is survived by his wife, (Brenda) Gail Burns; and their two daughters, Jeania and Scott Byrd of Jonesboro, Ark. and Heather Burns of Norman, Okla.; and one sister, Vonna Speer of Rector. He also enjoyed his three grandsons, Hunter and Beau Smith and Tony Chappell.

He was married to his high school sweetheart for 51 years, during which time he studied agri-business at Arkansas State University. Afterward, he worked for DuPont Chemical before joining in a farming operation with his father. He also served for several years on the Board of Directors of MFA Incorporated and Cotton Incorporated. He was active in the Church of Christ where he served as an Elder.

He also leaves behind his beloved pet of 17 years, Kirby.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 15, at the Irby/Mitchell Funeral Home In Rector. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the South Thornton Street Church of Christ in Piggott, Ark.

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