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James Ernest Burgess

January 20, 1938 — April 18, 2021

James "Red" Ernest Burgess, age 83, passed away on April 18, 2021, at Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia, TN.

James "Red" was born on January 20, 1938, in Valdosta, GA to parents Ernest and Rachel Burgess.

James "Red" was a proud Mason. Red was working as a maintenance man for the General Motors plant until his retirement. James "Red" knew the definition of hard work, you could always find him woodworking. He was a great handyman, he would make shelves, along with many other things for his own enjoyment. When he wasn't working, you could find him relaxing watching his favorite Westerns, or reading his Bible. Red was a kind and generous man, who always lent his time to the people he cared about most. The highlight of James's day was to enjoy a cup of coffee and talking about his day with his only and favorite daughter, Tamra.

James "Red" is preceded in death by his parents and siblings.

James "Red" is survived by his daughter: Tamra Jamesena Burgess (Bobby) Fitzgerald; sisters: Mary and Margaret; and several nieces and nephews; and many grandchildren.

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