Houston R. Burns

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 6, 2013

Funeral services for Houston R. Burns, 65, of
Leesville, were held at 11 a.m. on July 6 at the First United Pentecostal Church in Leesville with Revs. Bud Davis, Mark Christian and M.C. Green officiating.
Burial will follow in the Mitchell Cemetery in Anacoco; services were under the
direction of Labby Memorial Funeral Home of Leesville.
Visitation was held from 2-9 p.m. on July 5, and from 8-11 a.m. on July 6 at the church.
Houston, the son of David and Pearlie Burns, was born July 29, 1947, in Pineville.
He passed away July 3, 2013 at the Rapides Regional Hospital in Alexandria.
Houston was a true man of integrity; he was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather and Darlene’s “Best Friend.” He enjoyed spending time with his
family and friends running Walker Hounds. He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Ludie, Dick, Louise, William, Wilamae, Franklin Delano, Gladys, Lawrence and Gracie.
He served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant in Vietnam. In
1999, he retired from the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office after 17 years. After his retirement from the VPSO he worked as an investigator for the Louisiana State Penitentiary, and then later worked as an International Policeman in Kosovo. Upon his
return from Kosovo, he worked with FEMA in Quality Control. In 2008 he returned back to the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office, where he worked as a part-time deputy until his passing.
Houston is survived by his wife of 13 years, Darlene Burns
of Leesville; sons, Boyd Ray Burns of Leesville, Tully and Jodi Burns of Simpson and Jason Burns of Leesville; daughters, Zanita Burns Phillips and husband Ricky of Bossier City, and Benita Burns of Dallas; stepdaughter, Hope Kuhlow of Anacoco;
brother, Huey Burns of Mamou; sister Faye and husband Harry Parham of Virginia; 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Words of comfort may be expressed to the Burns family at www.labbymemorial.com.