Family-Placed Death Notice
BURNS, Alan ALAN ROBERT BURNS Alan Robert Burns, 57, formerly of Woodstock and Lilburn, GA died Sunday morning August 7, 2011 at his home in Blountville, TN, after a brave fight against pancreatic cancer. Alan was a 1972 graduate of Shamrock High School in Decatur, GA and retired after a 30 year career with Bellsouth. In retirement he worked to help others; either volunteering at the United Methodist Children's Home in Decatur, volunteering at national and state parks or fostering Scottish Terriers through Scottie Rescue of Tennessee. Alan had started a second career as Santa Claus with his last appearance at Northlake Mall in 2009. Being Santa was one of the most fun experiences of his life. He attended Blountville United Methodist church. He enjoyed hiking, camping, boating and many other outdoor adventures. Alan was preceded in death by his father Edward W Burns of Tucker. He is survived by his devoted wife, the former Sandra Underwood of Charleston, WV, his 3 furry kids, Kali, Piper and Sunny, two children Chris Burns and his wife Katie of Dallas, GA and Amanda Burns of Lilburn, his grandson Ryan Burns, mother Mary Burns of Atlanta, brother Steve and his wife Jane of Lawrenceville, and numerous nieces and nephews. "Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold." Emerson Alan will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him. He loved life and his family. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 on August 20, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville. In lieu of flowers, Alan has requested that donations be made to the Tennessee Scottish Terrier Rescue Network www.scot tierescue.com in his name.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on August 14, 2011