Obituary of Jean Burns (1945 – 2021) – Lynchburg, VA

Jean Bass Burns

January 13, 1945 – October 14, 2021

Jean Bass Burns, 76, of Lynchburg, was recalled peacefully by Heaven’s Angels on Thursday October 14, 2021. She was born in Charlottesville on January 13, 1945 to the late Bascomb Claude Bass and Ethel Sandridge Bass. She was the devoted wife of the late James Odell Burns Sr. for forty-nine years. In addition to her parents and husband, Jean was also predeceased by five brothers, Edward Bass, Carroll Bass, David Bass, Ronald Bass and James Bass; and a grandson, Jamie Lee Burns.

Jean is survived by his three children, James Burns Jr. (Elena) and Kent Burns (Karen), all of Lynchburg, and his daughter, Lisa Burns Clark (Barry) of Forest; four beloved granddaughters, Danelle Clark of Buena Vista, Kate Burns (Ashley Bisnett) and Anna Burns, all of Lynchburg, and Aura Ferguson (John) of Springfield, Oregon. She is also survived by one brother, Michael Bass of Madison Heights; one brother-in-law, five sisters-in-law and too many nieces and nephews to count, but all of whom held a special place in his heart. Jean is also survived by her special and beautiful friend, Wayne Hollie, with whom she created so many special memories, and whose extended family became a big part of her life, kept her moving and kept her mind. young in his later years. And of course, we can’t forget Diva, the sweet little companion of Jean’s furry baby, whom she loved dearly.

Jean was a hard worker and instilled a great work ethic in his children and grandchildren. She retired from life in Georgia where she worked as an insurance agent for many years and really enjoyed working with her clients and their families. She also worked for many years at the Big Star grocery store as a cashier and product clerk. She was a member of Thomas Road Baptist Church for about twenty years, several churches previously, and was a founding member of Leawood Baptist Church. Jean was also a member of the Lyn-Dan Heights Ruritan Club for many years and was a very enthusiastic participant whenever they had a fundraising event.

Jean loved to travel and had many trips to the United States and overseas, such as Hawaii, California, Europe, many beaches and various cruises, etc. However, her favorite trips were always with family, and especially all the visits to Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge Neighborhood in Tennessee, where she enjoyed shopping and going to shows. She had a passion for doing things for others and was always a “take charge” type. She could throw a fabulous family picnic almost on her own like no other, or even a bigger event in no time, like a pro.

The family will receive friends, noon to 1 p.m., Monday, October 18, 2021, at the Héritage funeral and crematorium service. A Service of Life celebration will immediately follow at 1:00 p.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel, chaired by Reverend Jonathan Falwell. Interment will follow at Virginia Memorial Park, presided over by Reverend Rick Rasberry.

Jean was a charitable person and always wanted to contribute to a good cause, whether big or small. With that in mind, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to Mission Park View, Shriners Hospitals for Children or a charity of your choice.

Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory, 427 Graves Mill Road, Lynchburg, (434) 239-2405 is helping the family. Memories and thoughts can be shared with the family at

Published by The News & Advance on October 17, 2021.

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