Ossie Burris, 104, passed away on October 18, 2019 at his home in Kansas City Mo. He was born on August 20, 1915 in Spiro Oklahoma to Christopher Burris and Bessie Boaton. Ossie grew up in Spiro and Muskogee, Oklahoma He Attended school in Spiro until the 7th grade but his education would continue his entire life in which he passed on his knowledge and wisdom to all he came across. Ossie Burris joined the U.S. Army in 1943 and served for 3 years in the Asiatic Campaign in World War II. He was the Recipient of many Awards and Honors. He was Honorable Discharged in 1946, achieving the rank of Technical Sargent (E6). He was praised by both commanders and subordinates for his vigilance and determination in the line of duty.
He began work for Felds Chevrolet as an Auto Mechanic where he worked for 25 years. He retired from the workforce in 1976. He continued to work in the community using his trade and other skills he developed as an Engineer in the Army. He often took his children Ossie Jr. and Lane with him where they learned from his example which fueled, they’re own passions. He was later deputized as a Jackson County Sheriff where he proved protection services for local church organizations.
Ossie Burris was a devoted Christian his entire life and ended most encounters with his most common quote “if the Lord says so” while he was a member of metropolitan spiritual church and St. John’s Lutheran, he made his home at St. Marks Baptist Church for more than 20 years. Ossie married Bernice in 1954 in Kansas City Missouri. They were happily married for 65. His wife credits him for being a wonderful and loving Husband quoting that they never had an argument their entire marriage. He enjoyed Hunting, Fishing, Throwing Horseshoes Baseball and above all spending time with his Family. Ossie is survived by his spouse Bernice Burris of Kansas City Mo; his sons and daughters Ossie Burris Jr. Cheryl Goodwin-Burris (Wife) and Leslie Lane Burris and Lynn “Mikki” Beard (Daughter at Heart) his Sister Lillie Burris; his grandchildren Lane LeDale Burris and Ericka Ann Smock (Granddaughter in Law to Be) Cherice Bernice Goodwin-Burris and Charles Everett Goodwin and Stephanie Johnson. He is also survived by his extended family who loved him dearly. The Family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude To St Marks Baptist Church whom has been a friend to the family for years but a true blessing in the passing of our families Patriarch. To Lawrence A. Jones Funeral Home for their efforts and comfort in our time of need.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at St. Mark Baptist Church 4300 East 31st Street Kansas City, Missouri. Visitation 9:00 a.m. Interment 1:30 p.m. Leavenworth National Cemetery.
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