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James Robert "J.R." Burnes

July 1, 1931 — March 1, 2024

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In loving memory of James Robert "J.R." Burnes, a man whose life journey was marked by resilience, hard work, and unwavering dedication to his family. Born in 1931 in Horatio, AR, J.R.'s life came to a peaceful close on March 1, 2024, in Nashville, TN.

He is preceded in death by his parents Mae Martin and Robert Burnes, siblings and son Kent James Burnes.

Survived by loving wife of 73 years Peggy Joyce Davis, daughter Sheri Burnes Reno (Tim), grandchildren Joseph Woods (Kelly) and Chelsea DeVar (Jamison) and 5 great grandchildren, Lilly, Gage, Logan, Landon, and Cora. Family meant everything to J.R., and he cherished every moment spent with his loved ones.
 
 J.R.'s story is one of humble beginnings and remarkable achievements. From working in the fields at a young age to support his family, to becoming a football hero and excelling in various roles within the trucking industry, his journey was characterized by grit and perseverance. His proudest accomplishment was not only his professional success but also his commitment to education despite facing challenges along the way.

As a proud member of the Naval Reserves and a Mason, J.R. embodied principles of service, loyalty, and fellowship throughout his life. His dedication to these organizations spoke volumes about the values he held dear.
 
 Throughout his life, J.R. remained deeply rooted in his faith and served as a deacon in his church. His compassion extended beyond the church walls as he drove the church bus, always ready to lend a helping hand wherever needed.

In his 70’s and 80’s, he dedicated himself to working for Habitat for Humanity homes in New Orleans and Biloxi, Mississippi - leaving a lasting impact on those communities.
 
 Though he will be deeply missed by all who knew him, his legacy of hard work, kindness, and love will continue to inspire those whose lives he touched.
 
A visitation  will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2024 from 10:30am ~ 11:30am with a Celebration of Life to begin at 11:30am. Burial to immediately follow all at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home 9090 Highway 100 Nashville, TN 37221.

In lieu of flowers please make charitable donations in J.R.'s name to Vanderbilt Children Hospital Cancer Center. 
 
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Saturday, March 9, 2024

10:30 - 11:30 am (Central time)

Harpeth Hills Memory Garden, Funeral Home, & Cremation Center

9090 TN-100, Nashville, TN 37221

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, March 9, 2024

11:30am - 12:30 pm (Central time)

Harpeth Hills Memory Garden, Funeral Home, & Cremation Center

9090 TN-100, Nashville, TN 37221

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