Joe F. Burns Sr.
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Joe F. Burns Sr., 98, of Cleveland, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014, at Bradley Health Care.

He was a lifelong resident of Cleveland and a member of Broad Street United Methodist Church for 84 years.

He was a veteran of the United States Army and served his country during World War II as a skilled gunnery mechanic on airplanes.

He worked as a watch repairman for many years and was responsible for maintaining the old courthouse clock tower.

In his next career, he was a Tennessee State Tax Revenue agent and was often referred to as “the painless taxman.” All who knew him loved his kind spirit, many talents and funny wit.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Henry and Gussie Burns; and son, Joe F. Burns Jr.

Survivors include his devoted and loving wife of 75 years, Willie Mae Burns of Cleveland; daughter, Patricia Carmichael and husband, Wayne, of Jasper, Ga., who along with his grandson, Joe F. Burns III and wife, Brenda, of Cleveland, with much love, helped Momma Mae care for their Daddy Joe as Alzheimer’s took its toll; grandsons: Doug Zukowski and wife, Aimee, of Signal Mountain and John Burns and wife, Natalie, of Cleveland; granddaughter, Beth Jenkins and husband, Brad, of Loudon; stepgranddaughters: Amy Maresca of Tucker, Ga., and Sara Carmichael of Dallas, Texas; great-grandchildren: Reid Burns, who added great enjoyment in Daddy Joe’s later years, Alex and Will Zukowski and Caleb and Belle Jenkins; and Penny Lewis who was Daddy Joe’s loving daughter-in-law of Cleveland.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014, in the chapel of Fike Funeral Home with Pastor Randy Martin and Pastor Debbie Stokes officiating.

Interment will follow in Fort Hill Cemetery with military honors.

Pallbearers will be Joe Burns III, John Burns, Doug Zukowski, Keys Fillauer, Brad Jenkins and Alex Zukowski, who will represent all the great-grandsons.

His family will receive friends this evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Burns family guest book at