He was preceded in death by his parents, John Henry and Gussie Burns; and son, Joe F. Burns Jr.
Survivors include his wife, Willie Mae Burns of Cleveland; daughter, Patricia Carmichael of Jasper, Ga.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, in the chapel of Fike Funeral Home with Pastor Randy Martin and Pastor Debbie Stokes officiating.
Interment will follow in Fort Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.