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James Robert Burns, 89, of Dahlgren went to meet his Heavenly Father on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.
He was born March 13, 1923, in McGehee, Ark., to James Oliver Burns and Ruby Kirk Burns.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Halcyon Clare Burns of King George County. Three children, Marty Burns Wolfe of Denver, Colo., Kirk Jefferson Burns of King George and Deb Burns Crowl and her husband, retired Marine Col. Daniel Crowl, of King George, survive him. He was also blessed with four granddaughters, Jennifer Burns Taylor and her husband, Randy, of Stafford County, Kirstyn Danielle Thomas and her husband, Kristofer, of Cincinnati, Brittany Crowl Ericson and her husband, Marine Capt. Andrew Ericson, of NAS Patuxent River, Md., Lauren Elizabeth-Naomi Crowl of Cincinnati and Jaimilee Clare Crowl of King George; and five great-grandchildren, Robert Taylor, Victoria Jade Taylor, Christopher Taylor, Brody Craig Ericson and Keith Daniel Thomas.
James was the longest living member of his family, and was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.
His professional career was spent in government service at the Naval Systems Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division. He came to Dahlgren following his enlistment in the U.S. Navy.
He was very involved in the Masonic fraternity, having held the position of 32nd Degree Mason. A past master of the lodge at Colonial Beach, he was also involved with the Kinsale and Warsaw chapters. He was dedicated to the principles of Masonry and very devoted to his faith and his church.
He is probably best remembered for his love of the water. Whether it be teaching someone to water ski, oyster tonging on the Potomac or rock fishing and crabbing in Williams Creek, his love of the water shone through.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with a Masonic service following. The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Oakland Baptist Church, Dahlgren. Interment will follow in Potomac Baptist Cemetery, King George, where his final resting spot will be beside his wife. The service will be conducted by his lifelong minister and very close friend, the Rev. Guy Mattox.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.