Robert J. Burns

Mr. Robert J. "Bob" Burns, 77, of Williston, passed away Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at home.

Bob was born Nov. 5, 1934, in Buffalo, N.Y., to the late John V. Burns and Agnes E. Burns. Bob grew up in Rochester, N.Y., where he entered the Army at age 17 and served more than 20 years, retiring in 1972 at the grade of 1st SG.

In 1972, he became a member of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office where he served more than 20 years, retiring in 1996 with the rank of Lieutenant. After retirement, Bob enjoyed traveling, reading, watching TV and was an avid NASCAR fan.

Bob is survived by his wife, Frances McCluney Burns of Williston; a brother, John E. (Deborah) Burns of Arlington, Texas; sons, Robert J. Burns of Houston, Texas, and Mark (Ruby) Burns of Cypress, Texas; daughters, Brenda Burns of Sugarland, Texas; and Kathy Burns (Norman) Williams of Evans, Ga.; step-sons, Lynwood (Cathy) Loehr of North Augusta, Barry S. (Trish) Loehr of Urbana, Ill. and Rocky (Micha) Millwood of Williston, a step-daughter, Amy (Walter) Nix of Elko, and numerous grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Marie Beck, Elizabeth Morgan and Katherine Rich, and a brother, James E. Burns.

Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sept. 14, 2012, in the Shellhouse-Rivers Funeral Home Chapel, Aiken.

The family received friends on Friday from 3 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be directed to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, 2600 Virginia Avenue N.W. Suite 104, Washington, D.C. 20037 ( or the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Division of Development, 901 E Street N.W. Suite 100, Washington, D.C. 20004-2025 (

Shellhouse-Rivers Funeral Home in Aiken, was in charge of arrangements.