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Obituary

Louie Dave Burns

of Little Rock, AR

1916 - 2013

Published: January 4, 2013

Louie Dave " Speedy" Burns, 96, of Little Rock, passed away peacefully in his sleep New Year's Day, 2013 at home. He was preceded in death by the love of ...

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josh sharp says...

It was an honor to have known Mr. Burns for the brief period that I did for the last two and a half years of his life, I wish I had the privilege of knowing him much longer than I did. His mind was an absolute treasure trove of knowledge, wisdom, and experience that even the most well-traveled of individuals could learn a lifetime from. I will never forget the day I met him, shortly after I had purchased the house he had built with his labor of love so many years before. The kind twinkle in his bright blue eyes, and the smile on his face, as he rolled up the driveway, and met the guy who was taking over the reigns of his prized home, where so much living had been done, and so much of his character left behind for so many others to enjoy.

It was obvious that a man of hard work and craftsmanship had poured his labor into the place, and the signs of what had been were, and still are here. Speedy was a stone mason of a caliber which I will never master- 66 years and the stone still sits as it was almost 7 decades ago- straight and tight, unsettled.

The conversations he and I had were instant, it was as though we had known each other for years, and I always looked forward to them.

Everywhere I look here, I see the trademark that was Louie and Helen Burns- members at the head of the Greatest Generation- whether I am fixing something in his barn outback, or baking a cake in the all-original 1940's kitchen- I hear the echoes of their lives, well lived here. He provided a beautiful home for his family, the place I now call home.

Thank you for being a great man, father, and American, Speedy Burns- you were a one-of-a-kind character that one is only lucky enough to meet once in a lifetime! You will be greatly loved and missed by all.. I hope I get to meet up with you one day again, maybe we can build something together on the other side.

Your friend, Josh.

January 4, 2013 at 7:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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