It is with sadness that I share Mickey Burns has passed. He will be remembered during a small private ceremony today (Friday, August 27th).
Mickey had the idea for the Make a Break Thru for CF tournament 20 years ago and shared his vision with Kirk Eastin and myself, Jim Deanda. Together the three of us made this dream come true.
Mickey, Kirk and I were shooting one day after he had met Callie who was, at that time, a 4 year old (now 25) petit, blonde haired, blue eyed youngster. Mr Hard Heart, rock breaking, Marine Vietnam combat veteran was impacted by Callie and her personality but when he found that she suffered from cystic fibrosis and was likely to live a short life, it weighed on him. He told Kirk and I he had wanted to do a Vulcan sponsored tournament but hadn’t found the cause to support until now. Callie’s plight made his decision easy he said. That was the beginning of Make a Break Thru for CF. This tournament with its supporters has now raised over $5,000,000. What an enduring legacy Mickey has formed!
The irascible, hard chagrining, straight talking, funny as the dickens, father, brother in arms, husband, father and all around man’s man, Mickey Burns will be sorely missed. God bless you Mickey.
Kay (Mickey’s wife) called me after Mickey’s passing and said that Mickey would have wanted to continue his support, as does she, for the cure for CF by suggesting that he be honored not by flowers but rather by continuing the fight against CF. There is a link below that enable you to make a secure online donation.
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Obituary for Michael Wayne Burns Sr
Michael “Mickey” Wayne Burns, Sr, age 70 of Maryville, passed away on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at the family home. Michael was a Vietnam Veteran of the United States Marine Corp. He worked for Vulcan Materials for 37 years and after retirement, he started Chilhowee Sportsman’s Club and shot competitively with sporting clays. He loved his family, especially spending time with his grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie and Georgia Burns; brothers, Bobby and Don Burns; infant brother, Phillip Burns; sister, Joyce McMillian. Survived by wife, Kay Burns; son and daughter-in-law, Mickey Jr. and Elysha Burns; daughter and son-in-law, Anna and Todd White; grandchildren, Riley Burns, Hunter Burns, Savannah Keith; siblings, Peggy Hooper of McEwen, TN, Carolyn Johnson of McEwen, TN, Judy and Jerry Smith of McEwen, TN, Jimmy and Sharon Burns of McEwen, TN, Nancy Daniel of Waverly, TN; many nieces and nephews and other family also survive. Memorial donations may be made to Cure Finders at www.curefinders.org. Family and friends will assemble at 1:00 PM for Graveside Service and Entombment on Friday, August 27, 2021, at Grandview Pavilion. Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, www.SmithFuneralandCremation.com