04/04/06 - NNHS Newsletter - William Burns

William Douglas Burns
(14 Nov 1943 - 03 Apr 2006)

Newport News High School Class of 1962


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have still more sad news today. 

  From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 04/03/06 - "Another death to report":


I just wanted to report another death of a relative of mine, a (first cousin, once removed)... William Douglas Burns, class of 1962. To family, he was known as Doug; however, I noticed in the yearbook it says, "William". He passed away late this morning, 04/03/06. He had an aneurysm several days ago and this resulted in a stroke on one side and then another on the other side. Doug was one of five children born to my first cousin, Susie Coleman Burns (Feb., 1940). All of Susie's siblings graduated from N.N.H.S. as did all the Burns kids. Doug's siblings are    Alton in '60,    Marie (Wurtz) in '64,    Mike in '65, and    Carolyn Sue (Cunningham) in '66.

I do not have funeral details at this point. Doug's wife is Gale Burns, 151 North Bermuda Run Drive, Advance, N.C. 27006-8514. I understand Advance is outside of Winston Salem, N.C. I do not know the newspaper there...probably the Winston Salem one, however. My cousin, Virginia Coleman Abbott of Richmond, said there will be a private family graveside, I think she said on Friday and then a memorial service after this, the same day...it may be on Thursday.
Keep up the outstanding work....you are the link keeping all of us connected.

Take care, Fred Mays, '60

   Thank you so much for telling us, Fred.  I didn't know Alton, but I did know Doug and all of his younger siblings.  I am so sorry to learn of his untimely death.  Our sincerest sympathies are extended to you and all of Doug's family and friends.


   William's obituary should appear here from the Daily Advance, but they're not yet posted today:


   I'll add it when it becomes available.

From the Daily Press - 04/05/06:

     William Douglas Burns  


ADVANCE, N.C. - Mr. William Douglas Burns, 62, passed away Monday, April 3, 2006, at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born Nov. 14, 1943, in Newport News, Va. He graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., in 1967 and worked as a Merchant Marine Engineer with Humble Oil Company. He entered the computer field at Computer Sciences Corp. in Huntsville, Ala., and in 1972 he came to Winston-Salem to work for Arista Information Systems. He formed the Operational Excellence Forum and for many years he has worked with the Oliver Wight Companies as an educator and consultant in manufacturing systems. He is survived by his wife, Gale; two daughters, Corinne and Stephanie; his brothers and sisters and their spouses, Carolyn and Frank Cunningham, Marie and Richard Wurtz, Alton and Neeltje Burns, Sheila and Mike Burns; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 6, at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel, 108 E. Kinderton Way, Advance, N.C., with the Rev. Ramon E. Smith officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 202 CentrePort Drive, Suite 100, Greensboro, NC 27409. The family would like to express their gratitude for all the prayers and support during this past week.

Published in the Daily Press on 4/5/2006.
Guest Book
William Douglas Burns  
Fall of 1961  

Doug was my very, very good friend. I miss him and will keep him in my thoughts forever. My prayers are with the family.
John Keck (Covington, GA ) - April 5, 2006
Offering my deepest condolences during this difficult time. I am terribly sorry to hear of your loss. Losing a husband, son, father, brother or uncle can be overwhelming. Therefore, how comforting it is to know that God is there for us. And at Psalms chapter eighty-nine verse twenty-six it tells us that God is our Father and the Rock of our salvation.
Juliette Marshall (Hampton, VA ) - April 5, 2006
My sympathies to the family. Dan Coleman, NNHS.
Dan Coleman (Clinton, NC ) - April 5, 2006
I am so sorry to hear of the sudden death of Doug. We grieve when our family and friends grieve. May you be comforted in knowing there is life after death and we will be with our loved ones again. Cousin, Cheryl Mays Howard
Cheryl Mays Howard (Yorktown, VA ) - April 5, 2006 
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Steven & Colleen Souza (Stuart, FL ) - April 5, 2006 
Gail and Girls: We were so sorry to read of Doug's death. Also sorry we have lost touch over the years. We have some happy memories of the both of you and want you to know we are thinking of you and praying for you and the girls.
Carolyn & C.O. Setzer (Lexington, NC ) - April 5, 2006  

  From Joe Wingo ('65) of NC - 04/04/06:

Dear Carol,

Not sure if you can but, if possible, please convey my most sincere sympathies to Marie, Mike, and Carolyn, all of whom I knew well. Take care of yourself.

-- Joe Wingo

   Thank you, Joe.  I'm trying to locate their addresses right now.


  From Margaret Burns Edwards ('67) of VA - 04/04/06 (paraphrased from a phone call):

..... The Memorial Service for my cousin Doug will be held on Thursday at 2:00 PM at the Hayworth-Miller-Kinderton Funeral Home in Advance, NC.  It will be followed by a family visitation.......

   Thank you so much, Margaret.  And again, please accept my deepest condolences for all the sorrows you've passed through lately.


  From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 04/04/06 - "Death of Doug Burns":

I was so sorry to read Fred Mays' ('60 - of VA) note of the death of Doug Burns.  They were active members of Noland Memorial United Methodist Church and neighborhood friends for a number of years.  Being friends with Marie, I couldn't help but be aware of the fact she had 3 very nice looking brothers.  I never saw Doug without a smile.  My Deepest Sympathy to all of the Burns from both sides of 53rd Street.  You are in my thoughts and Prayers.
Linda L. Lane

   Thank you, Linda.


From Mimi Weger Green (Feb., 1940) of VA - 04/05/06:

Just as a note of interest, Susie Coleman Burns, the mother of William Burns, graduated from NNHS with me, in the class of February l940.

I was greatly saddened when Susie passed away, and it hurts to realize that this is her son, who has now also passed away.

Miriam (Mimi) Weger Green

   It is a very sad thing to contemplate, Mimi.  Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.


  From Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA - 04/05/06:

    I sadly noted in the obits this morning that two of my classmates passed away: Wilbur "Buddy" Gibson and William Douglas Burns. Both were really good guys. Take care.

   Oh, my!  I'm so sorry to hear this, Jimmy.  Thanks for letting us know.


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   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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Servant of God, Well Done!

Words by Charles Wesley (28 Dec 1707 - 29 Mar 1788)
Music by George J. Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 9 Dec 1893)

(The Methodist Hymnal, 1966, #288)

Wesley wrote this hymn in 1770 on the occasion of the death of clergyman George White.
Elvey's tune, "Diademata", has been set to several other hymns, notably "Crown Him with Many Thorns" and "Soldiers of Christ, Arise".

 Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.

With saints enthroned on high,
Thou dost thy Lord proclaim,
And still to God salvation cry,
Salvation to the Lamb!

O happy, happy soul!
In ecstasies of praise,
Long as eternal ages roll,
Thou seest Thy Savior’s face.

Redeemed from earth and pain,
Ah! when shall we ascend,
And all in Jesus’ presence reign
With our translated friend?

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