The Obit For Jim Burns

Burns, James "Jim"
Army Veteran Was Minor League Baseball Player
posted March 17, 2011

James “Jim” Burns, 69, died on Wednesday, March 16, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

A longtime Chattanoogan, Jim was originally from Carthage, N.Y. He was of the Episcopal faith.

Mr. Burns was the retired owner/operator of Burns Sign Company in Chattanooga. He was an avid athlete and outdoorsman, enjoyed golf, hunting and fishing and was an Extra Class Ham Radio operator.

He was a 1960 graduate of Carthage Central High School, where he excelled in athletics, including football, baseball and basketball.

After graduation, Jim was drafted by the Milwaukee Braves farm team, playing at pitcher until his baseball career was ended by being drafted into the U.S. Army.

After his discharge, Jim worked in sales with several national sign companies until establishing his own business, Burns Sign Company in 1979, continuing until medical retirement in 2005.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, James J. and Louise A. Burns of Carthage, N.Y.

Survivors include his nrother and sister-in-law, Jack and Linda Burns of Knoxville; several nieces and nephews, including Jimmy Burns and Melinda Lefevre, both of Knoxville; several cousins, including Georgia Ann Shell of Theresa, N.Y., Jan Burns of Washington, Kenneth Burns of Syracuse, N.Y., and Fred Walter of Watertown, N.Y.; a longtime companion, Terri Womac, and David S. Ohms, his longtime hunting and fishing buddy.

There will be no services or visitation.

Arrangements are by the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist.