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Dwayne Edwin Burns

Funeral Services for Dwayne Edwin Burns, of Bogue Chitto, are Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Riverwood Family Funeral Service in Brookhaven with burial at Calvary Baptist Church in Bogue Chitto. Bro. Hal Hatten will officiate the service.

Visitation will be Monday, June 4, 2018, from 4 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home and continuing Tuesday, June 5, 2018, from 9 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

Mr. Burns, 69, died Sunday, May 13, 2018, at his residence. He was born Oct. 17, 1948, to the late Rev. Dewitt Edwin Burns and Mrs. Bonnie Aileen Raiford Burns.

Mr. Burns, “Lightning Bug” as most knew him, enjoyed a successful career in law enforcement. He joined the Mississippi Highway Patrol in 1967 as a dispatcher, and went on to graduate as a patrolman on July 20, 1973. He retired from the Mississippi Highway Patrol in 1996, after serving 29 years with the department. He then worked as a parole officer from July 2003 until July 2005. In July 2005, the lawman accepted a position with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department where he worked until his second retirement in December 2013.

Many stories can be told about his dedication to the job and to the people he served every day. He will be remembered as an active member of his community, a man who always had a hot cup of black coffee in hand, a classic flat-top haircut, a joke to tell and a smile that would brighten the room.

He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Bogue Chitto. He was a lifetime member of the NRA member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and past district president of the Exchange Club. He enjoyed riding his Harley, hunting, fishing, entertaining at his Cooking Shed and attending the Ruth Auction.

Preceding him in death were his parents; nephew, Daniel Edwin Burns; cousin, James Dewitt “Mann” Raiford, and wife Judy Herring Burns.

Survivors are his daughters, Beth Burns Schlauch and husband, Wes, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Anita Burns Boyd and husband, Chris, of Brookhaven; first wife, Crickett Carlisle, of Brookhaven; sisters, Bonnie Burns Dunn, of Alabaster, Alabama, and Alice Burns Mason, of Maumelle, Arkansas; brother, Don Burns and wife, Nancy, of Brookhaven; stepson Shane Kelly and wife, Amanda; stepdaughter, Samantha Kelly; 11 grandchildren, Erica Perez, Bradley Perez, Aileena Schlauch, Jason Schlauch, Phoebe Schlauch, Presley Schlauch, Sophia Schlauch, William Dwayne Boyd, Damien Accardo, Heather Kelly Forman and Gunner Kelly; and special friend, Ms. Joan Thornhill.

Pallbearers will be Don Burns, David Burns, Jonathan Burns, Ronald “Mooch” Raiford, Shane Kelly, Gunner Kelly, Damien Accardo, Gaylen Herring, and the Mississippi Highway Patrol Honor Guard.

Honorary Pallbearers are Bradley Perez, Wes Schlauch, Will Boyd and Chris Boyd,

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations please be made to the following organizations: Mississippi State Highway Patrol, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery Fund or Gideons International, In his memory.

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Dwayne Burns