James Allen Burns

January 31, 1959 ~ September 17, 2022 (age 63)


James Allen Burns was born to the late Bessie Woods Burns and the late James Edward Burns on January 31, 1959, in Columbiana, AL.
He confessed Christ at an early age at Macedonia Baptist Church in Columbiana, AL.
He was a graduate of Shelby County High School. He was later united in holy matrimony to Augusta Garrett. To this union three children were born. His employment included Valley Mills, Alloy Cast and Alabama Therapeutic Education Facility (ATEF).
James, lovingly called Allen, enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and coworkers. He had an infectious smile and quite a sense of humor! To know him was to love him, whether it was family life, on the job, sporting events, or sitting in his barbering chair in Alpine. He was a man of many hobbies, gifts and talents. He enjoyed drawing, flying drones and model airplanes, motorcycles, fishing, ATVs, and yes....more gizmos and gadgets, just to name a few. Allen was a “Jack of all trades” fixing seemingly almost anything, yet a master of one...showing love to people. Some of his more favorable pass times were family time, sports, especially Alabama Crimson Tide Football and good music. Allen enjoyed being “out and about”, such as going to City Market, concerts or driving to the peach orchard in Clanton along with the love of his life, Augusta. His children were his pride and joy! As a Paw-Paw, his grandchildren brought him much excitement and laughter. You may have even seen him sitting in the yard of one of his siblings just enjoying their presence. Allen had great friends near and far. He had a passion for his servant-leading role as a Supervisor at the Alabama Therapeutic Facility in Columbiana, AL. Everyone there were family to “Mr. Burns”! He departed this life with his family surrounding him as he received his call home, while at Select Specialty Hospital-Birmingham located in Brookwood Baptist Medical Center in Homewood, AL.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Edward Burns; mother, Bessie Lee Woods Burns; sister, Ivy Jean Portis; brothers, Waymon Charles Burns and Jackie Lee Burns; father-in-law, Hugh Barney Garrett; brothers-in-law, Douglas Portis, Sr. and Steve Jenkins; sister-in-law, Edna Garrett and nephew Bingman Shaw III.
James leaves to cherish his memories, his loving and devoted wife of 38 years, Augusta Garrett Burns of Alpine, AL; daughters, Adrian Contessa (Justin) Whitely of Birmingham, AL. and Arrica Latrice (Cordarryl Nettles) Burns of Pell City, AL.; son, Allen Montez Burns of Alpine, AL.; grandchildren, Arianna Tymiyah Burns-Perry, Kerrington Jayde Burns, Justin Elijah Whitely, Kheegan Sherrod Burns, Destiny Imani Nettles and Aria Jordyn Nettles; brother, Michael (Jennifer) Burns of Wilsonville, AL; sisters, Debra (Phillip) Carter and Rebecca Burns both of Columbiana, AL.; mother-in-law, Beatrice Garrett of Alpine, AL; brothers-in-law, Ronnie Garrett of Munford, AL., Kenny (Sandra) Garrett of Lincoln, AL., Dennis (Michelle) Garrett of Pell City, AL., Cedric (Mattie) Garrett of Birmingham, AL., Artavius Laqua Garrett and Dewan (Corrie) Garrett both of Alpine, AL., sisters-in-law, Sharon Elaine (Herbert) Smith of Talladega, AL, Kathy (Marvin) Kelley of Alpine, AL. and Lisa Kromer Burns of Montevallo, AL.; uncle, Larry Woods of Maplesville, AL.; aunts, Mable (Al) Dukes of Pickerington, OH, Tommie (Dave) Head, Cecelia Woods, and Mildred Woods of Columbiana, AL.; a host of nephews, nieces, family and friends.
Viewing will be held Friday, September 23, 2022 from 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. at The Good Shepherd.
Celebrating the Life of Mr. James Allen Burns
Liberty Christian Church
Harpersville, AL 35078
Saturday, September 24, 2022
12:00 Noon
Bishop Theoangelo Perkins, Pastor
Rev. Skylar Patterson, Officiating
Dr. Douglas Walker, Eulogist


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