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Billy Joe Burns

January 7, 1956 - February 22, 2018

Billy Joe Burns, age 62, of Claymont, DE, passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2018.

Born in Layland, WV on January 7, 1956, he was a son of Anna Belle (Coughlin) and the late Billy Joe Burns. Billy Joe graduated from Claymont HS where he was a talented wrestler, a passion that he passed down to his grandsons. He was also an avid hunter.

In addition to his father, Billy Joe was preceded in death by his brother, Donald Buzzy Burns. He is survived by his daughter, Shelby Handlin (Christopher); son, Billy Lee Burns; sister, Carol Jensen (Dean); grandchildren, Victoria, Brittany, Christopher, Jr. and Jackson; and great grandson, Weston.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Knights of Columbus Brandywine Club, 135 Princeton Avenue, Claymont, Delaware.

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19 Condolences for Billy Joe Burns

  • Our deepest sympathies to Billy’s family and friends for their unexpected loss. Billy Joe was a great guy and a friend of ours for over two decades.

  • My sincere sympathy … I have not seen joey for years … but have fond memories of the times we did ever spend together! Rip my dear joey … a lot of our family went before you , I’m sure they are all waiting at gate for you!!! Fly high!

  • Fly high joey! Have not seen you in years but still have some memories of you! I’m sure our family who went before you is standing at the gate to greet you! Prayers to you sweet annabell!

  • Joey, we all are going to miss you,l am glad to hear you are going back to almost heaven, West Virginia to be with your dad. All of our love, hugs and kisses go out to all of our families. Rest In Peace cousin,shirl ,jimmy,, Jim and John henasey

  • My prayers and sympathies to all of Billy’s family. AnnaBelle, my heart is with you during this difficult time. May you Rest In Peace Billy and fly with the Angels.

  • I cannot begin to express how my heart feels. BIlly was such a nice guy. Always polite, always had a kind word and a smile for Bud Houser and I. He and Bud use to go fishing together back in the day. Now he and Bud are together in Heaven for that’s where all good people go. My deepest condolences to Billy’s family. Remember God only takes the flowers not the weeds. Hugs and Prayers.

  • I have known Joey (Billy) since he was a little boy. He was always a good kid. My heart goes out to his Mother Annabelle, his sister Carol and his Children and Grandkids. Your family are going to miss you alot. Rest in peace. Love Nancy

  • Anna Belle – My heart is so heavy for you and your family. Dan, Molly and I will be praying for you and everyone associated with your son Billy. May the Lord comfort you through this difficult time.

  • My deepest sympathy to Aunt Annabelle, Carol,Shelby, Billy and all his grandchildren. Joey Babe was one of a kind. I will always remember his smiling face and ornery ways. Just being around my cousin Joey was always fun. Never a dull moment. He loved all of his family Dearly. I will miss you Cousin. Until we meet again in heaven!
    Love Peggy Ann

  • Anne Belle, I am so sorry to hear Billy passed! Prayers for you and your family! He and I are good friends, loved him with all my heart!

  • I knew Billy through deer hunting with him at the Rhoads cottage, in Bedford, PA.
    He was a great person, and will be greatly missed.

  • Dear Carol and family: I am so sorry for the loss of Billy. I didnt get to know him as well as I know you. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family

  • Thoughts and prayers for all who knew joe babe and family. I have known the family for over 40 years, good people. God bless…the Neill’s

  • To Anna Belle, Carol, and the family of Billy Joe, my husband Jim and I would like to offer our sincere condolences on his untimely passing. To his mother, children, grandchildren and sister, I cannot begin to imagine the void in your hearts at this time. I pray for comfort and solace in the days, weeks, and months ahead. You will be in our houghts and prayers.

  • My condolences to the Burns family. Billy was a great coworker. When I first started to work in the slab yard at Lukens Steel, Billy was one of the first guys to train me. I’ll always keep his memory alive. Rest well my friend!

  • My heartfelt sorrow to Billy’s family & friends. Billy Joe is watching over all of his loved ones until they are reunited! His spirit will be held close in our hearts, mind & memories! Rock on, my friend!! XOXO

  • Thank you

  • Thank you all!!

  • I said and will always say- He was too kind for this world. We are devastated of course and will never recover but knowing he was loved by so many does help. Thank you all for your kind words, prayers and thoughts. Please continue to pray for Mom as she has endured more than any mother should. Again, thank you all!!

    Carol A. Jensen