Vet. Curtis Burns, lovingly called ‘Bear’ by his loved ones, was born the 6th of 15 children and the third son of the late Clayton Henry Burns and the late Christine William Burns. Curtis was born on Sunday, November 27, 1949 in the community of Drainsville, Buena Vista, Georgia. 


           In 1967 the Vietnam War was taking countless causalities, and our Country was in a state of un-rest about the moral issues of the war. Curtis heard the call to serve his country; and in 1968, at age 18, Curtis joined that ‘Army of One’ – the United Stated Army. Curtis completed Basic Training and Jump Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Georgia; and completed Advanced Jump Training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He received many medals and certificates, and was named in the ‘top five’ in his units.  In 1969 he was sent to Vietnam and completed two tours of duty on the DMZ, the most hostile area for U.S. Troops. He served as platoon leader and received two or more distinguished medals for courage and bravery. 


           In 1972 Curtis returned from Vietnam and was stationed at Fort Benning and later at Fort Devens in Massachusetts. While in the U.S. Army, he experienced tours of duty in Germany, Fort Hood, Texas, South Korea, and Alaska. He was a certified mechanic for tanks and heavy equipment. Curtis served as sergeant most of his tenure in the army; and after 12 plus years of service, Curtis received an honorable discharge due to a medical hardship. 


           On Sunday, December 31, 2017, Curtis was called to ‘take his leave’ and enter into God’s Kingdom. 


           Curtis is preceded in death by four brothers, Willie Frank Burns, John Henry Burns, Matthew Burns, James Walton; four sisters, Annie Burns, Ruby Mayes, Katie Mae Jackson and Minnie Harrell. 


           He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife, Diane Burns, Americus, Georgia; two sons, Curtis (Konya) Jr. Burns, Macon Georgia and Anthony Ryan Burns, Americus, Georgia; six daughters, Sophia Burns, Atlanta, Georgia, Vangela (Johnofer, Sr.) Carter, Claxton, Georgia, Lawanda (Henry, Jr.) Burns, Americus, Georgia, Clarissa (Manny) Burns, Hampton, Georgia, Alyssa and Alexandra Burns, Americus, Georgia. One brother, Thomas Burns, Los Angeles, CA.; five sisters, Georgia Mae Willis, Hanes City, Florida, Alice (James) Boykin, Springfield, IL, Lorene (Otha) Floyd, Dianne Matthews, Americus, Georgia, and Delores (Dennis) Peace, Panama City, Florida.  Eleven grand-children: Kwintavious, Alexis, Henry III, Johnofer, Xaiden, Brielle, Kendyl, Damiyah, Chase, Case and Isabella. Two great-grands, Ayana & Anaya and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relative also survive. 










The Timeless Tribute for Vet. Burns is available.