James Burns III

James Burns III

Sunday January 31, 1954 - Sunday January 30, 2022
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Please share your favorite memory of James to be included in a special keepsake book for the family.
Rev. James E. “Jimmy” Burns was born to his parents, Rev. and Mrs. James E. Burns, Jr. on January 31, 1954, in Tyler, Texas, and passed from this life January 30, 2022, at his home in Winnsboro, LA, one day short of his 68th birthday. His ‘going home’ celebration will be in the chapel of Young’s Community Memorial Funeral Home on Friday, February 11, 2022, at 12:00, with Rev. Kenny Johnson, Rev. Clyde Walker, Rev. Glinda Kelly and Rev. Jim Kelly officiating. Visitation will begin at 10 AM until time of service. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Winnsboro, LA under the direction of Young’s Community Memorial Funeral Home.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. James E. Burns, Jr. and Opal Mae Burns of Winnsboro, LA; one sister, Kelly Michelle Burns also of Winnsboro; one niece, Carrie Bernice Hatten and one nephew, Keith Allen Sikes.
Survivors left to cherish his memory are his sisters, Paula Lambert and husband Hollis of Winnsboro; Jackie Cloutier and husband David of Winnsboro; nephews, Aaron Lambert, Chris Lambert; great nephew, Blaine Lambert and a new addition he didn’t have a chance to meet……great-great nephew Rowen. Also, one very fond niece, Falisha Cloutier; two half-sisters, Joyce Hatten and husband Bill of Dexter, Missouri; Martha Gayle Sikes and husband Jerry of Swartz, LA; one half-brother, Richard Burns of Rayne, LA and a host of church family and friends.
Jimmy has been in the ministry since he was 15 years old and pastored Faith Tabernacle for 21 years. At a very young age the Burns family began to travel and evangelize. The children would play and sing, then their dad would preach. The only life Jimmy has ever known was behind a piano, an organ, or a guitar. Yes, you guessed it….. he mastered them all. He loved God and his music with all his heart and soul. That is why at the passing of his dad in 2001, he stepped up as pastor to the church his dad had led for many years. He often was heard to remark, “I feel inadequate to fill dad’s big shoes.” But with the help of the Lord, he continued to play his music and love the folks of Faith Tabernacle. When his nephews and niece were born, they became the apple of his eye. “Uncle Mimmie” as you affectionally called him, did his best to leave you with memories of great love of music, and a good example of godly living. So today, the last note has been played….Aaron, Chris, Blaine, and Falisha….giving you instructions to pick up your instrument and play with all your heart, making sure you are finely tuned, because you don’t know when the time will come for us to hear the clarion call, as Brother Jimmy clearly heard, in the early morning hours of January 30, 2002.
“Strike up the band, assemble the choir, another soldier’s coming home. You’ve played your last note on earth.” Matthew 24:31

Pallbearers will by Aaron Lambert, Chris Lambert, Blaine Lambert, Falisha Cloutier, David Cloutier, and Thad Thompson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Chad Ward and Derrick Tillery

Thank You:
Words cannot express how much we thank you for the expressions of sympathy and encouragement you have given during our time of sorrow. We are truly grateful for your friendship and support.
The Burns Family
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Gayle Higgins

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Jimmy’s family was a foster family to my brother (David) and I (Gayle); and, he was my older brother. Jimmy dedicated his life to his father’s ministry. He was kind to everyone, and was the humblest person you could meet. He loved guitars, guns, gospel music, church, and served in churches, weddings, funerals, nursing homes, jails, etc., as one of the most talented, brilliant, gospel musicians around. [Jimmy could have chosen, at one time, to work in Nashville making very good money as a musician in a professional recording studio. He had played some of the music on a professional album for Burl Compton & Kaye Fuller, which they recorded at a studio in Nashville, TN. When the Nashville studio heard Jimmy play, they offered him a job and did their best to try to persuade him to play for them. He turned down the studio’s offer and chose, instead, to continue in the humble ministry supporting his dad’s evangelism.] Jimmy also liked sports cars. One of his favorite cars was a metallic blue Monte Carlo which he kept spotless. I can remember him pointing out other sports cars whenever the family would be traveling, saying "Look at that, daddy…that's a (whatever year) Chevy Super Sport” etc. He also loved reading, such as Louis L’Amour.
There are so many fond memories of getting together with the family and/or church friends and laughing about one thing or another. Jimmy and my younger brother, David, were always cutting up and just being silly. All the time. Even now, I smile remembering how funny things were. Money was always short, but faith in God, love of family and friends, and peace in our hearts was abundant.
We listened to gospel music all the time and, when Jimmy’s dad was not home pastoring the church, they were traveling to other churches to play music, sing, and preach while Jimmy’s mom, sister- Paula (who had married by then), and I, stayed home. When they returned from their many travels, the old van would sometimes break down. Jimmy and his dad could work on anything from plumbing, electricity, to car mechanics. Jimmy and his daddy spent however long it took-sometimes days- under the hood of that old van figuring out which part they needed, and then repairing whatever was broken. Jimmy was the type of person who could fix anything.
The Burns family made radio recordings for the local radio at one time; and, often, I was the time keeper during the recordings. Many times, I was so caught up listening to the beautiful singing and music that I forgot to keep the time. Then, they would have to record that song over again; but, they never fussed about it… however, that could be why they stopped asking me to keep the time after a while. My brother, David, showed me a few guitar chords once, and Jimmy let me play his Les Paul guitar at church. Jimmy was the kind of person who was always willing to help anyone who wanted to learn to play music and taught many to play piano.
The radio recordings Jimmy & the Burns Family made may still be somewhere at the local radio station in Winnsboro. David was on bass guitar, Kaye on drums, Jackie on piano, and Jimmy on either guitar, organ, piano, name it. They all sang. Beautifully. Jimmy taught himself to play the steel guitar at one point. That was the only time I ever remember Jimmy saying that some instrument was the hardest thing he’d ever tried to play. In only a short time, he made that steel guitar sound like he had played it all of his life. Jimmy was a self-taught musician who played by ear and could pick up a tune for anything or make an old piano sound like new.
What was so incredible about Jimmy's music, was that, earlier on, he’d had an accident while helping one of his good buddies, Repeat Peavy, move into a rent house. The two of them found a box of old dynamite caps stored in one of the bedroom closets. Not knowing what they were, they lit a match to get a better look. The ones Jimmy was holding in his left hand exploded in his hand, taking off fingers and ripping his hand open. Following a lengthy hospital stay, Jimmy was released but his hand was permanently damaged. The skin grafting caused one finger to be permanently curved while half of his thumb and the ends of two other fingers were missing. According to the doctors, he would never play guitar again. It was during that time he was encouraged, and learned, to play the organ. Of course, Jimmy found some humor in losing half of his thumb and would make children laugh when it appeared he had “pulled off” half of his thumb using his other one hidden behind another finger. He loved little kids and loved making them smile.
Jimmy would speak his testimony on a few occasions in church saying that after he couldn’t play, he continued to bring his guitar to church and set it up in case someone else wanted to play. For a long time, he faithfully brought his guitar and had it set up on the platform near his organ. One night, he had walked outside of the church during the service. He said that suddenly he heard someone playing his guitar, so perfectly, that he immediately wanted to see who it was. He peeked inside the doors but his guitar was sitting on the stand where he’d left it. Thinking he had imagined hearing the guitar music, he went back outside. He said, again, he clearly heard his guitar playing the song written by Dottie Rambo, "He Looked beyond my Faults and Saw My Needs." He looked back in the church but no one had his guitar. Without hesitating, he walked to his guitar, picked it up, and began playing that song. He would tell anyone that was when God worked a miracle for him. He never stopped playing music in the ministry after that and the song became his testimony to others.
His music touched countless lives and will live on in hearts forever. There was no one who could play music like Jimmy Burns but, to his family, he was the brother we all loved. Jimmy was humble and never sought personal gain or glory; but, instead, used his music for the ministry staying faithful to God, and to his Christian beliefs all his life even after his parents passed away. Jimmy’s daddy always said that Jimmy was anointed by God as a musician and anyone who listened to him play, had no doubt about that. Hearing him play music, and the family sing, was an indescribable blessing. Jimmy’s loss is felt by thousands. He will be missed every single day and remembered forever. I’d like to think that he is with his parents right now, playing music in Heaven’s band, and are rejoicing together. When Jimmy’s dad, Bro. Burns, died, we were at the graveside on one of the hottest August days ever at that Louisiana graveside. There came a few moments on that day when, all of a sudden, we heard doves begin cooing and, at the same instant, a cool breeze swept through the tent. I know that we will see our loved ones again as we remain faithful to God in this life.
On Sunday mornings, Sunday nights, and Wednesday nights, we looked forward to going to church. Jimmy backed his dad by steadily playing music in the background as his Dad preached sermons that seem so timely right now, preaching that…”Paul said…If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” I Cor 15:19 And…” …be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” I Cor 15:58 Jimmy gave his life to the labor of God and his labor of music and kindness spread God’s love to thousands of people.
We miss you dearly, Jimmy and I pray that everyone whose lives have been touched, and will continue to be touched, will remember what a treasure he gave to the world through his kindness and music. I am forever grateful for the gifts of song and music my brother gave to all.
In memory by foster sister, Gayle Higgins (& husband Todd, and children, Tj and Gracie) May Jimmy (James Edward Burns, III) rest in Christ’s arms of peace and may his reward in Heaven be great.

Gayle Higgins

Posted at 03:01pm
I was fostered in this family for many years and they are just as my own. No finer older brother was there, than Jimmy. He was kind to everyone and one of the most humble persons on Earth. He took time to listen to other people. He loved guitars, guns, gospel music, church, and was faithful to his family in the ministry. He also liked sports cars. One of his favorite cars the metallic blue Monte Carlo he once owned. I can remember him pointing out other sports cars whenever the family would be traveling, such as "Daddy, you see that? That's a Chevy Super Sport." There are so many memories of getting together with the family and church friends spending time visiting. We spent so much time laughing about one thing or another as he and my younger brother, David, were always cutting up. Jimmy once showed me a few chords on the guitar and then let me play rhythm with them in church with his Les Paul guitar in church. At one time, the family made their Sunday morning recordings for the local radio and often I was the time keeper. So many times I got so caught up just listening to how good the music and singing were that I forgot to keep the time. Then, they would have to do that song over again but they never fussed about it. That could be why they stopped asked me to keep the time after a while. But, that's just one example of where we were spending our Friday or Saturday nights: In church somewhere. Those radio recordings may still be somewhere at the local radio station there. Paula or David was on bass, David on guitar, Kaye or David on drums, Jackie on piano, and Jimmy played guitar, organ piano, name it. He even taught himself to play the steel guitar and it surprised me when I heard him say it was the hardest thing he tried to learn because he made it sound like he had done it all of his life. The family ministered to many people through music, gospel songs, and Jimmy's dad's ministry. What was so incredible about Jimmy's music, was that he had had an accident while helping Repeat move and they had found old dynamite caps in a closet. A match was lit so they could see what it was and it blew up in Jimmy's left hand. After a lengthy hospital stay he came home and thought he would never play music again, according to the doctors. He gave a testimony many times and said that he would always bring his guitar to church and set it up in case someone came who wanted to play. He was very down about being unable to do what he loved most: play guitar. He told us that he was standing outside the church one Sunday night when he heard someone playing his guitar so beautifully that he peeked inside the doors but his guitar was still sitting there on the stand with no one playing it. He thought maybe he had just imagined it and went back outside. He said he heard it again but much more clear as it played a song written by Dottie Rambo "He Looked beyond my Faults and Saw My Needs." He told us that he looked back in and no one was playing it but he just walked straight to his guitar, picked it up and began playing that song. He never stopped after that. His music touched countless lives and will live on in our hearts forever. There was no one that could play like him. His daddy always said that Jimmy was anointed to play and it showed. To hear him play music and the family sing would make you want to cry or jump up and dance. I think he's doing that right now.

James Ellerman

Posted at 07:17pm
I am in shock. Jimmy and Buddy used to come by the shop to visit with Dad and myself. I know we haven't visited like we did for a while, but he was a very good friend and cousin. Paula and Jackie just know that Ronnie still loves you both. My prayers are with you during this time and always.

A Memorial Tree was planted for James Burns III

Posted at 05:18pm
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Young's Funeral Home

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