Remembering Terry Burns

Terry Young Burns, age 69, of Ruston, La., died at his home on Monday, April 25, 2022, following a hard-fought battle with cancer.  Terry loved the word of God and and the lives of people.  

Visitation and funeral service will be held Friday at The Bridge Community Church, 2301 North Trenton, Ruston, La. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am with funeral service to follow at 11:30 am. Burial service will be at the Bernice Cemetery in Bernice, Louisiana.  

He is preceded in death by his father, Edward Young Burns and his mother, Demaris Rockett  Burns of Bernice, La. He is survived by his loving  wife of 48 years, Jeanne Goss Burns of Ruston, La.,  daughter Brittany Burns Griep (Ryan) of Ruston,La. and son, Paul Young Burns (Ashley) of Memphis, Tennessee.  Terry and Jeanne, affectionately known as Poppa T and Gigi, have five grandchildren, Madalyn Claire Griep, David Lehnen Griep, Kinsley Claire Griep, Jessie Elizabeth Burns (Jessie B), and Abigail Noel Burns.  Terry is survived by two sisters, Janie Lou Burns Colvin (Bill), Brentwood, Tennessee, and Rebecca Burns Barnett, Nashville, Tennessee. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Mary Ann Goss, Irving, Texas, sister-in law Debbie Vlahakos (Vic), Houston, Tx, and a host of sweet nieces and nephews.  

Terry worked in the banking industry for a total of 45 years and recently retired in December 2021 as Vice President, Lending and Compliance, from Century Next Bank in Ruston, La.  

Terry grew up in Bernice, La, and graduated from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 1975. Terry and Jeanne have made their home and raised their children in the Dubach and Ruston area for the past thirty- nine years.  

Terry was a member of The Bridge Community Church and served the Lord and his church family faithfully.  He was a quiet man of great integrity. Jeanne, his wife, was the love of his life and they have built a life together based upon the principles taught from the word of God and sought to work hard and love others well. He was a wonderful father to Brittany and Paul. Terry loved and was a loyal fan of LSU Tiger football and baseball.  He enjoyed reading, dancing recitals for Maddy and Kinsley, watching  his grandson, David, play baseball, and going to the Memphis Zoo with Jessie B and Abigail. His grandchildren were the delights of his life.  

Terry will be missed greatly by his family and friends.  “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day- and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing. (2 Timothy 4:7-8) 

Pallbearers serving will be Dr. John Broocks, Dr. Jeb Butler, Dr Lynn Browning, Reverend Ronnie Dyes, Gary Holdman, James Ramsaur, Jered Ramsey.  

The family would like to thank Dr. Ben Grigsby and staff at Northwood Medical, Ruston, La;  Dr. Milind Javle, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas; Compassus Hospice, and Tender Touch Service for their care for Terry.  


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