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Dale Gordon Burns

August 24, 1957 — October 5, 2023

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Dale Gordon Burns, 66.


Dale was born on August 24, 1957 in Valdosta to parents Margaret Hendry and Lloyd Burns and died peacefully in his sleep on the night of October 5, 2023 at his home in Quitman.


Dale was a free spirit with a passion for the arts. He was a proud father and grandfather, and cherished family more than anything. Dale loved to spend his free time at the family’s lake in Valdosta where he enjoyed the simple life, boiling peanuts and churning peach ice cream while dreaming of one day starting a little farm. His hobbies include spending time with family, cooking, playing guitar, duck hunting with his brothers, reading mystery novels, solving crossword puzzles, and keeping his family up to date on all things film and music. He loved to reminisce about the good ole days while striving to help create new memories for his loved ones. Dale was an enthusiastic soul with an infectious laugh whose legacy will be treasured forever.


Dale is survived by his daughters, Alyson (Hans) Burns of Charleston, SC and Emily Burns of Atlanta and his grandson, Wolfe Kershaw of Charleston, SC. Additionally, he is survived by his siblings, Mitchell “Mickey” Burns of Valdosta, Melissa (Peter) Epes of Valdosta, Daniel “Danny” (Mary) Burns of Hahira, and MaryAnne (Larry) Nissen of Leland, NC. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Heather Epes of Carrboro, NC, Ashley (Andrew) Nissen of Elizabeth City, NC, Elizabeth “Lori” (Joel) Montalvo of Holly Springs, NC, Benjamin “Ben” (Casey) Burns of Hahira, Jackson Hendry of Macon, Mary Catherine Burns of Atlanta, and Alexis “Lexi” Hendry of Macon as well as many great-nieces and nephews, and family friend Norman LaHood of Valdosta.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Alex and Margaret Hendry of Valdosta, Lloyd and Frances Burns of Peachtree City, brothers Christopher “Chris” Hendry of Macon GA, Joel Lipsey of Atascadero, CA and Walter Burns of El Cajon, CA, as well as his aunts Wayne “Morris” Smith of Valdosta and Bobbie Ann (Harley) Mitchell of Valdosta, and uncle Mitchell “Mickey” (Lota) Smith of Valdosta.


May his memory warm our hearts and ease our pain and may he rest in peace and love.


“The woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep.”


-Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost


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