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Orest Burns

December 23, 1953 — October 15, 2021

Orest Burns


Orest Andrew Burns was born on December 23, 1953 to James Edward Burns and Virginia Imogene Brown in Troy, Ohio. He passed away at his home in Huntsville, Texas on October 16, 2021.

He married Dorothy Elizabeth Williamson on March 24, 1990 in Huntsville, Texas. Together they raised a blended family. They have three children Wilburn "Bill" Williamson, Revendy "Vendy" Rhodes, and Kimberly Burns.

Andy, as he was known by all, started his career in corrections with the Ohio Department of Corrections and later moved to Huntsville and worked for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He retired in 2003 as a Lieutenant of Correctional Officers. He was a great person to work with. As a coworker told me "they called him OB and they loved working with him. There was never a bad day!". All that knew him knew that he loved his wife and his children. He would do anything for his family and friends.

Andy and his wife had a love of traveling. They would go on cruises as often as they could until their health got in the way. His favorite sports was watching the Cleveland Browns on Sunday and WWE Wrestling on Monday. He was a walking wrestling encyclopedia.

Andy was preceded in death by his parents James Edward Burns and Virginia Imogene Brown, sister Barbara Jean Smith, sister Virginia May Fyffe, brother Jerry Elden Brown, children Rhoda Marie Burns and James Andrew Burns, grandchild Andrew Larry Lee Eberly, and brother-n-law Larry Smith. He is survived by his loving wife Dorothy Elizabeth Burns; children Bill Williamson and wife Renee, Vendy Rhodes and wife Brandi, and Kimberly Burns; sister Mary Annabell Smith, brother James Edward Burns Jr. and wife Beverly, brother Micheal Henry Burns and wife Marcia; grandchildren Kye Keith Ball and wife Kristal, Troy Revendy Ball and wife Annamarie, Brook Elaine Ball, Andrew Brice Rhodes and wife Taylor, Kayleigh Christine Rhodes, Raeleigh Elizabeth Rhodes, James Cash Ellis, Bradley Harris and wife Emmily, and Justin Harris and wife Hayley; and great grandchildren Tre'Jean Keandre Smith "Jake", Lucas Ryan Revendy Ball "Taterhead", Mason Andy Ball "French Fry", and Brentley Creed Harris "lil man". And a special thank you to his his caregiver Debi Wojcik for her love and care she showed him. He was loved by all and will never be forgotten.


A Celebration of Life will take place at Hillier Funeral Home, 2301 E. 29th St. Bryan, TX on Saturday, October 30, 2021, at 1 pm.
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Memorial Service

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Starts at 1:00pm

Hillier Funeral Home of BRYAN

2301 E 29th St, Bryan, TX 77802

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