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Russell David Burns

September 26, 1992 — November 2, 2023

Siler City


Russell David Burns, 31, of Siler City, passed away Thursday, November 2, 2023.

Russell was born in Lee County on September 26, 1992, to J. Frank Burns, Jr. and Lori Diane Dowd Burns. Russell was a member of Red Hill Missionary Baptist Church, he also attended Edwards Hill Friends. Russell was a Heavy Equipment Operator for Caviness Farms. He loved being outside, whether it was cooking on the grill, hunting, and fishing. Most of all he loved his family and especially his children.

In addition to his father, Jake Burns, Jr. he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Annie and Frank Burns; and maternal grandparents, Frances Dowd Norris and David Dowd. Russell is survived by his mother, Diane Dowd Burns; stepfather, Ken McGowan; fiancée Erin Smith; children, Abigayle Burns, Carli Smith, and Tallan Smith; brother, T.J. Burns; half-sister Beth Burns; his best friends Buddy Maness and Dalton Estridge and a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A visitation will be held on Friday, November 10, 2023, at Smith and Buckner Funeral Home, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM, and other times at the family home. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at 11:00 AM, at Edwards Hill Friends with Josh Conrad officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home is serving the Burns family.

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