Noted Rector Area Farmer Joe Burns Dead at Age 70

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Joe Burns

Long time local farmer and community activist Joe Burns, of Rector, died March 11, 2019, following months of ill health. He was 70 years old.

A native of the region, he studied agriculture business at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Afterward, he was employed by DuPont Chemical, prior to returning to Clay County to join his father in the family farming operation.

As a member of the Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri farm community he was well-known, and served in a variety of capacities. He was a member of the Board of Directors for MFA Incorporated and Cotton Incorporated. He also served as a board member for the Clay County Farm Bureau, and was chairman of the Arkansas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation.

Burns was also an active member of the Church of Christ, serving as a church elder. He and his wife, Gail, were also supporters of the Clay County Arts Council and other local endeavors.

Visitation was held Friday, March 15, at the Irby/Mitchell Funeral Home of Rector. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 16, at the South Thornton Street Church of Christ, in Piggott.

The complete obituary may be found in that section of this website.

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