Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Funeral services for Overton Brown Burns, Jr., 55, of Leesville, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 7, 2011, at East Leesville Baptist Church in Leesville with Jeff Price, Kevin McAllister and Rev. Jerry Keys officiating. Burial will
follow in the Laurel Hill Cemetery in Hicks, under the direction of Labby Memorial Funeral Home of Leesville.
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of the service Sunday, August 7 at the church.
Overton, the son
of Overton Brown Burns, Sr., and Jimmie Eula Britt Burns was born on November 18, 1955, in Leesville. He passed away on Thursday, August 4, 2011, in Alexandria.
Overton was a man of deep faith in God. His love for Jesus Christ began when
he was a young boy and was taught the Bible by his parents, grandmother Eula Britt, Sunday School teachers, and family. He was a lifelong member of East Leesville Baptist Church serving God and his church in many different capacities over the years.
Overton actively studied the Bible and enjoyed teaching his adult Sunday School Class.?Overton was known to his family and close friends as having a passion for learning. As a young child, he set a personal goal to learn a new word each day and, most
importantly, use that word daily. He was an avid reader of history and politics and enjoyed debating any topic. Overton was known for his honesty and integrity, both personally and professionally. He encouraged and challenged his three children to
obtain higher education and always listen to God’s plan for them. ?Overton was a family-centered man. He was proud of his children’s accomplishments and he easily expressed his pride. Overton’s 14-month old granddaughter brought him tremendous joy.
His beloved wife was always loving and supportive.?Overton was a compassionate advocate for the disabled. He worked for the Social Security Administration for 17 years before opening his business in Leesville to serve the disabled of Louisiana,
Texas, and other states. His extensive knowledge of Social Security disability allowed him to successfully represent thousands at disability hearings during the past 15 years.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Lyn Burns, of
Leesville; son, Chase Overton Burns of Leesville; daughters, Amanda Hearndon and husband Timothy of Leesville and Tera Burns of Arlington, Texas; mother, Jimmie Burns of Leesville; sisters, Ellen Mount and husband Ben of Leesville, Cheri Burns of
Leesville and Barbara Celiz and husband, Lee of Ft. Worth, Texas and granddaughter, Isabella Hearndon.
Words of comfort may be expressed to the Burns family at www.labbymemorial.com.