Burns Funeral Home is proud to be Madison County’s newest funeral home, Taylor County’s oldest funeral home and Lafayette County’s only funeral home. Their commitment to dedicated service began in 1954, when Joe Burns moved to Perry and opened Joe P. Burns Funeral Home and Ambulance Service. He later opened the Burns Monument and Vault Company and a Mayo Branch Funeral Chapel. Then Joe purchased land for a perpetual care cemetery, and in 1978 he opened Pineview Memorial Gardens. Joe was truly devoted to his work. He was often heard to say he was “always there for his families.” No matter what time of day, or what day of the week, Mr. Burns was available to care for loved ones around the county. He lost his battle with cancer on May 26, 2006. Tommy Murrow came to work for Burns Funeral Home in 1998, serving as its manager. He immediately got involved in community activities. Tommy and his wife, Cindy, reside in Taylor County with their son, Wyatt. They enjoy the rustic outdoors, their church family and visits from their grandchildren.
A long time veteran of funeral service, Steve Green came to Burns Funeral Home early in 2000, and diligently began serving the families of Lafayette and Taylor counties, where he helps raise money for local charities, churches and civic groups. He is an active and faithful member of Impact Family Church. Steve has been happily married to his beautiful wife, Michelle, for more than 20 years and has two teenage sons, Jonathan and Matthew. Steve and Tommy were able to purchase Burns Funeral Home in August of 2007, and have strived to keep doing the things Mr. Burns taught them over the years. “Our first priority is to serve God, and in doing so bring glory to Him,” said Murrow. “We feel that when we serve families in a Godly way, that they will be well taken care of.” Their commitment to doing good works in the community includes financial support for the many charitable programs and events throughout the area. By August of 2014, the Madison Chapel became a reality and the grand opening was held. What began as an appeal from some local Madison folk to bring Joe P. Burns Funeral Homes into their community, prompted the purchase of the historic Van H. Priest warehouse on beautiful Lake Frances in downtown Madison.
Steve and Tommy met with architect designers and together they transformed this building into a magnificent funeral chapel inside while preserving much of the original character outside. True to form, both owners immediately became a part of the Madison community by joining civic organizations, providing grills, tents and cooks for local fundraisers, sponsoring county events and sports teams and much more. Their goal is to treat each family as if they are the only family those at Burns Funeral Home are caring for at that time. Steve and Tommy also expect the staff in all three locations to provide the most professional service, showing the highest respect to the deceased and to all who are experiencing loss. Rusty Newsom came to Burns Funeral Home of Madison in August of 2014, with 38 years of local experience as Funeral Director. He has served many families in Madison, and continues to provide that same compassionate, professional service he always has. Rusty and his wife of 38 years, Sara, are both natives of Madison County where they raised their son, Josh. “We provide the best service for the best price,” said Green. “People tell us that they can’t believe how well they are treated at a funeral home. They say they felt like they were family to us because we were so attentive to all their needs. After making arrangements with our families, we take to their home a pot of homemade chicken noodle soup, chairs, ice chest filled with ice, coffee urns and a food register book. We are humbled to be accepted in the communities we serve. We know that God has given us a blessing and we use it to best of our ability to honor and glorify Him.”
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1. Photo Submitted. Burns Funeral Home was opened in Madison in August of 2014.
2. Photo Submitted. Rusty Newsom is the Funeral Director at Burns Funeral Home of Madison.