Scott Burns

scott burns
LINDENFuneral services for DPS Trooper James Scott Burns, 39, of Linden will be at 2 p.m., Saturday at First Baptist Church, Linden, with the Rev. Jackie Stanfield officiating. Burial will be at Shiloh Cemetery near Linden under direction of Reeder-Davis-Schindler Funeral Home, Inc. of Linden. Visitation will be from 6-8 P.M., Friday, at the fellowship hall in First Baptist Church in Linden. The family has designated Shriners as their charity of choice. Officer Burns died in the line of duty on Tuesday, April 29 in Jefferson. He was born April 6, 1969 in Longview. He attended Tyler Jr. College, Texarkana College, and Ouachita Baptist University, and previously worked as a corrections officer with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice before joining the DPS, was a member of First Baptist Church, Linden, and had been an officer in Texas Department of Public Safety for five years. He is survived by his wife Michaela of Linden; his infant daughter Micah Burns of Linden; his parents Ronnie and Judy Burns of Linden; two brothers and sisters-in-law Stephen and Elizabeth Burns and Stacy and Sherri Burns, all of Linden; his grandfather Billy Fort of Jefferson; and his parents-in-law Jimmy and Helen Maxwell of Bivins. Also, two brothers-in-law and their wives, Todd and Karon Maxwell of Bivins and Mike and Tammy Maxwell of Atlanta; several neices and nephews, Kenneth, Katie, Kellie, Kevin, Kelsey and Blake Burns; Brandy Baker, Morgan, Emily, and Jordan Maxwell, and a great neice Bailee Baker. Scott was "an unbelievable man, the way he conducted his life and treated people. If you met him once, you felt like you'd known hin all your life." Brother-in-law Todd Maxwell Donations to the Scott Burns Memorial Fund may be made at First National Bank of Linden or at its two branches in Longview the Texana Bank at Marshall Avenue and Seventh Street or at 3814 Gilmer Road. Donations also may be mailed to the bank: Scott Burns Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 546, Linden, 75563. You are invited to view the image gallery

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  1. Please accept our sincere heartfelt condolences for your loss. Trooper Burns and his loved ones will be in our prayers. Goc bless you all.

  2. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family as you go through this time of grief. May the God of grace and mercy provide your family with grace, mercy and comfort in these days.

  3. My thoughts and prays go out to Beaty's family. I worked with him for many years (TDCJ-Telford Unit). God bless.

  4. The good people of Texas join you in mourning the loss of a brave man who was working everyday to protect our freedoms. We ask the Lord to welcome James Scott Burns into His Kingdom, and to protect those officers who are hunting down the person who committed this unspeakable crime.

  5. Last night, while on patrol in Ruston, Louisiana, we were notified of Trooper Burns death. The Lousiana Law Enforcement Community mourns with you. Your Family is in our prayers.

  6. We were so sorry to hear about your loss, Kayla. We will keep you in our prayers and will continue to lift up you and your daughter through this time.

  7. May God Be with you and your family and give you the peace that you will need in the days to come. May God Bless you and your family and carry you through this sad time.

  8. Kayla, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am always here for you.

  9. May the good lord be with you in your time of need and sorrow. Sincerely, Hawkins Hunting Club

  10. Our Prayers are with you all… Scott was such a great person and friend .. and a blessing to us all… GOD BLESS !

  11. May God bless you today and always. My heart goes out to all of your family in this terrible time. I will continue to pray for all of you. In God's love,Kari Raesz and family.

  12. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I pray that you will find some strength knowing that the whole state of Texas is praying for you. May God Bless You and your daughter.

  13. I know that the love of Jesus Christ will fill any void that is left behind. Peace be with you Scott. You were right, your daughter looks just like you!

  14. Scott will be sorely missed by many friends, including me.Will be sending up prayer for ALL of you. God needed a Trooper in Heaven!!!

  15. May God guide you through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  16. My deepest sympathies to the family of Mr. Burns. I knew James from the days of working at the Telford Unit. He was a Sgt. and my husband Mark Scott promoted him to a Lt. James was always so nice, very professional, polite and a hard working young fellow. I was working in the Countroom as a supervisor and everytime that we needed assistance in making cell moves he would come and help us so much. I will always remember his kindness and charming smile.May the Lord give you the strength to carry on without him for the sake of his precious little angel. Our prayers are with you.My heartfelt wishes to you,Sincerely,Maricela Scott

  17. There are no words to express to you how very sorry we are for the tragic loss of Scott. He exemplified the epitomy of a great husband, father, son, brother, Officer and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in the days to come.We lift you up.

  18. Burns was a great supervisor, a great friend, always ready with a joke and smile. Jesus need you more than we did. Tracy & I will pray for your wife and daughter. (Telford unit friends)

  19. Your family is in our prayers. We worked with Scott at the Telford Unit. Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with you.

  20. Our heart felt sympathy goes to the family of Scott. May the Lord bring comfort, strength, and understanding for you. We love you all, our hearts and prayers are with each of you!


  22. I am so sorry for you loss. I am also sorry That I cannot be there in person to comfort you but I will keep all of you in my thoughts an prayers as each and everyone deals with this tragedy. Try and be strong Sis and take care of Stacy and the kids…Love you

  23. My prayers are with the family. May God somehow show His love and comfort to each one.

  24. Scott was a great friend and supervisor at TDCJ ID, We all called scott BD for Big Daddy,Scott was like a dad and brother to all of us, he will be greatly missed by all.We will not forget you buddy.God bless the loved ones and family.

  25. Kayla..I don't know where to start. I was truly sadden when I heard of your loss. My heart goes out to you so much right now. You have been on my mind and in my prayers. I wanted to let you know that I love you and that you are in my heart. I can only imagine how you feel right now but I am pretty sure in due time things will get so much better. Please know that God never puts anymore on you than you can bare and know that I am here for you. If you ever need someone to talk to there are many ways to get at me. I love you and take care.Love,Kim (Birmingham)PinsonC/O 1997 Atlanta High School

  26. I did not know Scott, but knew the Maxwell family. Kayla was my flower girl many years ago. My heart breaks for her and Micah. I pray for each member of both families. May God comfprt you all in this tragic time of loss.

  27. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you. We have a close friend who is retired from the Police Force here in San Angelo. May God comfort you in this terrible loss.

  28. I worked with Scott at the Telford Unit for ten years and am now with the Morris Co. Sheriff's ofc. All the kind words you can say will never describe what a layed back, calm and caring guy he was.My prayers are with "knocked up" and his little girl and family.Judy McCollum (Safety Sue)

  29. As the father of a Law Enforcement Officer and having known this family all of my life, I cannot think of anything more appropriate. I will continue to ask God's comfort on your family during this most difficult time. "An LEO Funeral" Dedicated to THOSE that gave their All I went to a Police Officers funeral this morningMy emotions were high and all were mourningThe bagpipes played Amazing GraceThe loss of this Officer was on my faceWith tears in my eye's and a heavy heartIt was the sound of taps that tore me apartTo see the Honor Guard fire their gunsThis Officer now guards the Heavens and sunMy memories go to the times we hadThese I enjoyed, but ohhhh I feel sadI'm sad for the family most of allWith grief in their hearts they still stand tallToday we buried one of our ownTomorrow we'll visit the graveside stoneThis Officer answers roll calls from aboveAs the Guardian of Paradise with all it's loveThis Officer has stood the final inspectionJudged by the book on their life's reflectionMany times it took more to preserveAn LEO's motto " To protect & Serve".ByHarry CrossRetired Deputy SheriffSummit County Sheriffs Office (Ohio)

  30. Precious Michaela, as a wife of a police officer, I'm not sure of what to say. I'm so sorry. My heart truly hurts for you!!! My name is Joanne Huckaby—903-918-1914- anytime you need me!

  31. I did not know Scott or Kayla but I have lived in this area for most of my life. Im so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers will be with you in the days to come.

  32. Those we hold most dear never truly leave us … they live on in the kindnesses they showed, the comfort they shared and the love they brought into our lives.Isabel Norton.

  33. Dear Family of James Scott Burns,I am so very sorry for your loss. I know there are not words to express your loss. Please know that you are being remembered all across our nation.Chaplain Chuck WintersPulaski Co. Sheriff's Department,Little Rock, Arkansas

  34. I did not know Scott, but knew the Maxwell family. Kayla was my flower girl many years ago. My heart breaks for her and Micah. I pray for each member of both families. May God comfprt you all in this tragic time of loss.

  35. I know that when you walked through those Golden Gates, The Lord said " Welcome home Son, Job well done." Rest in Peace. Thank you for your devotion, service and sacrifice. Job Well Done.

  36. I am so sorry to hear about Scott. May God reach out to your heart and support you in this time of great loss.

  37. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Only time and prayer will heal your broken heart, but you will always have your beautiful memories, nothing can take that away.

  38. The family is in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless your precious memories always. With Love, πŸ™‚

  39. I met Scott when I had the honor of singing at the "Giants of the City Banquet" in Longview. Our tables were adjacent to one another. I visited with the troopers that evening…. and thanked them for their service and dedication to protecting our state and community. It was not long after Trooper Todd Holmes lost his life. I sang "Somebody's Praying Me Through" that evening, and that's so true even now. I have never met you, his family, but I am praying you through! May the Lord Keep You.In Christ,Jason Horn

  40. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May you find peace in your memories.

  41. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. May God bless you and comfort you in your time of grief and sorrow.

  42. Although I do not know you personally I would just like to say my heartfelt prayers go out to you and your family. Scott died doing what he loved and may he rest in peace. Rebecca Terrell

  43. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. God will never leave you nor will he forsake you. You have my deepest and upmost sympathy.Diane Montgomery

  44. My son, daughter and son-in-law are officers in East Texas. My heart goes out to the family of Scott. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and daughter today. God Bless!!!

  45. STACY,I just wanted you to know I was thinking about you and your family. I'm so sorry.


  47. Mrs.Burns, i knew scott threw couple time he would bring someone to the cass county jail. the time i talk to him he was a good trooper. i just want to say during this time of his death god is with you and the rest of the family.

  48. Our thoughts & prayers are with both families during this tragic time,,,May God Bless you all

  49. Scott was a great friend. We enjoyed working with him at Telford. Our prayers are with the family. May God Bless You All.

  50. There aren't any words that I can say to make this better. I just want you to know that I love you and I am here if you need anything, I mean that for the bottom of my heart!This is the hardest thing you will ever do but your a fighter, and I know God will see you through! He did for me whenever this had happened in my world! I have got a comfortable shoulder and I'm always around, don't hesitate, please! I'm so sorry! We love you!Monique and Jace

  51. I never had the pleasure of meeting Trooper Burns. Rest assured there are MANY Texans you will never meet who spirtually stand by your family during this difficult time. God Bless You and all in our law enforcement community.

  52. RIP Trooper.My thoughts and prayers are with yours and your family.Dustin EbarbEmergency Communications SupervisorAcadian Ambulance & AIR Medical Austin Texas


  54. I worked with Scott at the Telford Unit; I would like to offer my condolences to the family and to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  55. The Burns Family:I didn t know Trooper Burns, but was a student of Mrs. Elizabeth Burns. When I heard the news of this tragedy, I prayed that it wasn t any of her family. I know if Trooper Burns was anything like Mrs. Burns and her family, he was a wonderful, very compassionate man. She has always been in my thoughts throughout the years. Please except my deepest and sincere condolences for the loss of your family member. May God watch over and protect you all in your time of loss.I will continue to pray for you all and thank you Trooper Burns for your sacrifice to keep us all safe,Danielle Brown (Quinones)

  56. We would like to express our deepest sympathy to the Burns family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We would also like to Thank Scott and all other law enforcement for the job that they do everyday. Scott was a good guy and did his job well and he will be greatly missed. We are so sorry that this tragedy has touched your family.

  57. Michaela- We are sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed, and know that he served his time well.. My dad will especially miss him, because he thought very highly of Scott like a son of his own. Scott is probably looking down at us right now wanting us to know how peaceful he is. It's sad to think all we have left is our precious memories of Scott. We will keep in touch. Your in our prayers. πŸ™‚

  58. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless all of you during this time of sorrow.

  59. I worked at a store overnight and he would always come in for coffee which he would jokingly fuss about. But he would always stick around for a few to make sure I was ok. I really appreciated that because I had a few problems. I know he will be missed but I'm sure he's happy that Heaven is crime free and he can rest. But of course, the coffee probably sucks.

  60. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of grief and sorrow. We only knew Scott a brief time but knew he was a special person. We will continue to pray for you and your baby.

  61. Michaela and Micah,May God wrap you in his loving arms during this extremely difficult time. When I met my now husband, he was a Texas DPS Trooper and my greatest fear was that what happened to your husband would happen to him. There are no words that can adequately express how much I appreciate the sacrifice your husband made. In Christian Love,Carol Ann Brubaker

  62. My heart goes out to all of you. Michaela, if you ever need to talk to someone, please call. I'm here for you. Your Eastern Star sister,Patti

  63. Kayla,I am having trouble trying to find the words to express to you how deeply saddened I am to hear about your husband. I haven t seen you in what feels like a million years, but the ONE thing that stands out in my mind when I think of you is the strength that you have. I saw your never-ending strength as you went through & recovered from your back surgery, which was about the same time I had mine, remember? Kayla, that strength that you had way back then, is the same strength that will get you through these difficult times. Although the way may be long & hard, God will be with you every step of the way & He will provide that same, enduring strength that He has bestowed upon you throughout your life. Kayla, I pray that you find comfort in these words, and in knowing that you are in my prayers. I will continue to pray for you, your daughter, and everyone who s hearts are burdened with grief. I pray that God touches each of you, guides you through these difficult days, and blesses each of you with His mercy. Sincerely,Alicia (Partain) Simpson

  64. My heart goes out to the entire Burns family. As a sister of a Trooper, any time we lose and officer my heart breaks, but it's especially broken now since my brother Jacob worked with Scott when Jacob first became a Trooper. My prayers are continuously with you as well as all Trooper families.

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