Funeral services for Carolyn Burns, 71, of Miller Grove, were held on November 3, at County Line Baptist Church. Interment followed at Clifton Cemetery.
Carolyn Maree Garmon Burns died on October 24, 2021, in her home surrounded by her loved ones. She was born on November 29, 1949, to Robert and Maree (Garrett) Garmon of Miller Grove.
She married Dewey Ray Burns, Jr., on May 25, 1968. Junior gave his life serving our country as a Navy medic who traveled with the Marines during the Viet Nam war. Mrs. Burns became a champion of the armed services and was always quick to recognize and honor the commitment and sacrifice of our military personnel.
Mrs. Burns loved Miller Grove, and she faithfully served her community both personally and professionally her entire life. She was an active member of County Line Baptist Church. She especially loved her ladies’ Sunday school class, and she was quick to help with food for any event. She served on the Miller Grove ISD school board for over a decade, eight years of which she was school board president. She donated countless cakes and baked goods for FFA auctions and various school fundraisers. After being the local rural carrier for 31 years, she retired from the U.S. Postal Service where she earned her million mile award.
Mrs. Burns is survived by daughters, Tammy Thornton of Palestine and Teresa Burns and husband Robert of Emory, sisters Lynda Wood of Grapeland and Sherri Cockrell and husband Rick of Miller Grove; grandchildren Tarah Thornton of Tyler, Hunter Thornton and wife Autumn of Honolulu, Hawaii, Caitlyn Norwood and husband Braden of Shawnee, Okla. and their son, Ben, Colton Burns and wife Mariah and their daughter, Evalynn, Taylor Nisbet and husband Nolan of Tyler and their son, Ezra; Collyn Burns of Emory; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Robert (Henry) Garmon II; and son-in-law, Randy Thornton.
Arrangements were under the direction of West Oaks Funeral Home.