December 2, 2020

Mr. Reed Burson

Mr. Donald Reed Burson, age 86, of Franklin passed away Monday October 16, 2017.

A memorial service for Mr. Burson will be conducted Friday October 20, 2017 at 2:00 PM from the chapel of Stutts Funeral Home with the Rev. Scott Hannah officiating.

The family will accept guests at Stutts Funeral Home Thursday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

Mr. Burson was born September 25, 1931 in Randolph County, Alabama to the late Julian Burson and Ida Evans Burson. He was a member of Franklin First Baptist Church.

He served his country in the US Navy during the Korean War. He was proud of his service, and helped his fellow veterans as a lifetime member of the Franklin Post of the American Legion. He served in various capacities for the post, and was a fixture at bingo night. He enjoyed calling out the numbers for everyone.

His favorite job was with the Heard County Sheriff’s Department. He was a dedicated employee into his seventies, when he worked at the jail. He formed many lasting friendships with his co-workers and fellow citizens. He was a friendly man who never met a stranger and loved to carry on a conversation with anyone willing to listen.

In his leisure time he enjoyed working with wood in his shop and watching football. He also loved to eat at Hardees with the “Breakfast Club” each morning.

His favorite times were spent with his family, whom he loved dearly. He had a special place in his heart for his grandchildren and his “Lil Buddy”, Carson.

Survivors include three daughters, Marsha Cosper (Ronnie) of Roanoke, Donna Waugh of Franklin, and Darlene Shoemake (Chris) of Franklin; one son, Tony Burson (Reatha) of Franklin; five grandchildren, Cass Burson (Lauren), Zach Burson (Victoria), Hannah Evans (Sawyer), Christopher Shoemake and Timothy Shoemake; one great-grandchild, Carson Battles; his former wife, Dura Burson of Franklin; two sisters, Mildred Smith of Douglasville and Lenda Lowery (Joe) of LaGrange; and a number of other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Denise Burson.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Denise Burson Scholarship Fund in Mr. Reed’s name.

Those who wish may write memorial tributes at

Stutts Funeral Home of Franklin, GA in charge of arrangements.


  1. Brenda Poole says

    Sending heartfelt sympathy to the Reed Burson family. Mr. Reed was a good man, I had many conversations in our passing. He was always very kind and no he didn’t meet a stranger. He will be missed for sure.

  2. Lisa perry says

    Mr burson was a wonderful man. I enjoyed all our talks at the sheriff’s office . I loved to hear his stories from his life . I will miss him dearly. my condolences to the family .

  3. Monica Morris says

    Mr. Burson was a man that made a great impression on my life when I worked at the jail. He was kind and very giving to everyone. He will be missed

  4. Kelly Brown says

    My condolences to the family. Mr Reed was a hoot I loved talking with him. He could tell the best stories. He has touched alto of hearts in and out of our community. He will be missed dearly.

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