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Funeral Services for Gene Burns, 67, of Athens are scheduled for 3:00 P.M. Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home in Athens.
Gene passed away on November 15, 2017 in Tyler.
Frederick Eugene "Gene" Burns was born January 13, 1950 in Houston, Texas the son of Frederick Raymond Burns and Geraldine Burns. He was a Waste-water Plant operator for over 10 years before retiring as a self-employed Municipal Water and Utility Manager. He was a Harley man who enjoyed riding his bikes with his wife all over the United States, especially in The Smokies of Tennessee. Gene was above all things a family man who loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren; Papaw rarely ever missed any of their activities. He will be greatly missed by all he knew and loved.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Charles William Burns.
He is survived by his loving wife of over 44 years, Cathie Burns of Athens; two sons, David Burns and wife Dollie of Trinidad, Kris Burns and wife Christie of Athens; three brothers, Prentiss "PT" Burns and wife Laverne of Brownwood, James Stephens and wife Kathy of Princeton, Terry Burns of Livingston; two granddaughters, Kodie Nell Burns, Kie Angelique Burns; four grandsons, Brett Burns, Kole Burns, Ford Sugai, Aaron Rowe; one great granddaughter Kaileigh; life-long friends, Gary and Joni Winscott, Terry and Gail Hammond and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Friday, November 17, 2017 from 6-8:00 P.M. at the Hannigan Smith Funeral Home in Athens.
You may light a memorial candle or write condolences to the family at www.hannigansmith.com
Published on November 16, 2017
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