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Pastor Henry "Tex" Burns, 76, of Weirton, passed away Monday, November 21, 2011 in the Trinity Medical Center West, Steubenville, OH. Born August 20, 1935 in Weirton, he was the son of the late Joe and Gussie Hawkin Burns. He was also preceded in death by his brothers Calvin, Willie, Joseph, Primes and Eugene Burns and sisters Ezelle Sholar, Shirley Guin and Gussie Colquitt. In addition to retiring from Weirton Steel after 36 years as a supervisor in the construction department, Pastor Burns was the founder and pastor for the Apostolic Lighthouse Church and a member of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. He was a member of the Weirton Ministerial Association, Southeast Regional Brotherhood, NAACP and the Weirton Steel 25-Year Club. He also served as advisor for Women's Aglow, CEO of Feed the Need and founded C.A.R. Corporation, Inc. at the former Dunbar School. Pastor Burns was a pillar in the community he proudly served. He leaves a great legacy. Pastor Burns is survived by his devoted wife of 55 years Gloria Burns of Weirton; son Shawn (Tishawna) Burns of Weirton; daughters Robin (Matthew) Quivers, Linda (Keith) Bloom and Karen (Carroll) Harris all of Weirton; adopted daughter Laura (Willie) Jones of Atlanta, GA; brother Harry Burns of Steubenville, OH; sister Eliza Burns of Follansbee, WV; grandchildren Darwin Jeter, Keith Bloom II, Jesse Siegel, Shawn Burns II, Shelva Burns and Rachelle Pettaway; great grandchildren Mariah, Kamarri, Trey, Evan, Jacob, Aaliyah, Gianna and Tyresse and a host of relatives and friends. Friends will be received Friday, November 25 from 6-8PM at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton, WV. Additional visitation will be held Saturday from 11:30 AM until 12:30 at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held 1 PM Saturday at the Weirton Covenant Church, Weirton. The Eulogy will be by Bishop Paul E. Bowers, O.D.C. Diocesan. Interment will follow in Highland Hills Memorial Gardens, Follansbee, WV. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Feed the Need, c/o Huntington Bank, 215 Three Springs Drive, Weirton, WV 26062. Share tributes and memories at

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  1. I will never forget Tex. He and my brother George were like brothers. They both worked constuction at Weirton Steel. My condolences to the family.

  2. To the Burns Family, We are sorry for your loss. You will be in our prayers. We have nothing but fond memories of Elder Burns and the family. May God bless and comfort you at this time of sorrow.

  3. To Sis Gloria and Burns Family: Keeping you in prayer during this time. Pastor Burns has gone from labor to reward, and for certain”faithful unto death” will be part of his reward! Always, Bro Don & Sis Tish Turner

  4. To The Burns Family: Remembering Pastor Burns through this word of scripture: “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” I Corth. 15:58 He ran his Christian race, FAITHFULLY”, now may he rest peacefully in the Lord. We will be keeping you in our prayers. Pastor D. W. Cummings & members of Shiloh Apostolic Faith Weirton

  5. To the Family of Pastor “Tex” Burns. On behalf of the Payton, Frierson, and Stewart family members, we extend heartfelt condolences. Pastor Burns was a “good friend” of our Dad and Mom. May he rest in peace as he makes his journey into the Kingdom of God. Pastor Burns was truly a servant of God,and a community server for mankind. God Bless all of you.

  6. To the Burns Family, You have our deepest sympathy and condolences. May your family rest in peace. Respectfully from a former Weirtonian, who grew up knowing Mr. Tex. He was always at my parents home. They truly respected and enjoy his company. Be blessed to have had Mr. Tex as a family member, a friend, a mentor, and as a parent. He will be missed. Be blessed in knowing that he is now in God’s house.

  7. The Mount Olive Baptist Church family of Weirton, West Virginia sends our heartfelt condolences to the family of Pastor Henry “Tex” Burns. May be rest in peace. God bless the family. Pastor Burns was a faithful servant and will continue to receive his reward in Heaven.Respectfully and in the spirit of Christian faith and respect. Respectfully submitted to the family on behalf of Pastor Rudy McAllister, Deacons, Trustees, and church congregation.

  8. Mrs. Burns & Shawn: I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Many yrs. ago, I would come out of work at the Marantz Bldg, car covered w/snow..didn’t know him & he would stop & help clean off my car with me.. That’s how I met him! What a Good Man and it’s nice to know everyone liked him. I will keep you in my prayers.

  9. To the Burns family. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. Pastor Burns was a great man! Please know that I am praying for you all in your time of sorrow. Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. He will be truly missed. He fought the good fight of faith. Thank you all for always welcoming me into your family. Peace and Blessings

  10. Tex and I worked together at the Weirton Steel Construction Department from May 1965 through August 1969. Tex was a wonderful, supportive, kind and generous friend. After the Mill I moved on and made my career on the East Coast. I returned in 2003 and visited his church. He was so very happy to show me around. I took some pictures of Tex in 1968 in the Mill and would like to share them with the family. Please contact me at Peter – my mill name was: Even Dozen Pete

  11. Oh pastor, how we will miss u! U r a very wise man & me or my marriage wouldnt be what it is today if it weren’t 4 u! When I think of u all I know is ur FAITHFUL! & love God! Elijah & Shy will miss u. U are greatly missed by ALL! Rest Easy & I know ur enjoyin God!! Well done, my good & faithful servant, ENTER IN….. love u…..

  12. Absent from the body-present with the Lord. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God continue to comfort you. Corliss Brown

  13. I was very saddened to hear about the passing of my good friend Elder Burns. He was someone that truly lived to make a difference in the lives of others. While I know that words are only a small gesture of support, I want you to know that his life has touched so many people and I am happy to say that I am one of them. I have been honored to call him my friend. His life will live on through those he touched. and around the world. You and your family are and will be in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless You… Rev. Dan Keenan

  14. Elder Burns was an awesome man of God and I feel blessed to have met him. To the family. I pray that you find strength in the knowledge that he lived his life in the will of his savior, and now he is resting in His arms.

  15. To Sis Gloria and Family, May God strengthen and keep you during this time of sorrow. We have fond memories of Tex, and know that he loved and lived for God. Praying for you. Sis Elmira & Bro Sylvester

  16. To the Family of Pastor Burns I send you my thoughts and prayers. May the love of God keep and bless you in your hour of sorrow

  17. To the Burns Family, What a legacy your father has left. I felt his presence recently at the presentation of Weirton’s African-American history. His spirit was once again felt during my Thanksgiving dinner at the Senior Center. I will miss sharing bread with him at the Feed the Need meals. Just remember your father was needed in Heaven for the holidays. He has gone before us to open the gate for us. Sending my prayers along as I am unable to attend the services due to work commintment.

  18. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Burns’ Family and the Apostolic Lighthouse Church family. We celebrate the life of Pastor Burns, a friend and inspiration in many unimaginable ways. And we know that God will sustain you during this time and hour. God bless you. Elder & Mrs Larry D. Scott

  19. The Burns Family- We are sending our prayers and sympathy at this sad time. Mr. Burns will be missed by many in our community. Weeping my endure for night but joy comes in the morning.Rest in peace until we see you again.

  20. To Lady Gloria and family, We sincerely and heartfully send our love to you and your family on the homegoing of our dear friend, Pastor “Tex” Burns. We will always remember the wonderful and joyous times we shared in ministry during these past years. His voice in song will always ring in our hearts as we remember. We know he fought a good fight and now his course has ended in the flesh, but not in the spirit. Much love, Bishop Paul & Overseer Betty Edwards Shepherd’s Unity Alliance Columbia, SC

  21. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Lady Burns and the Burns family in Pastor Henry “Tex” Burns’ promotion to glory. I have great memories of our association with Pastor and Lady Burns during our tenure in the Valley District some years past. Sorry we will be unable to attend his service but Heaven has gained a great soldier of the gospel. May it comfort you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers continually. Bishop & Lady Polley & the Zion Christian Assembly Family

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