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Obituary: A.Z. Burris, 83, U.S. Army veteran of World War II

Mr. Burris was the patriarch of a large Adair County family. He leaves 34 descendants.
A.Z. Burris, 83, 790 Portland RD, Columbia, KY (the Portland Community) died Saturday, August 26, 2006, at 5:50pm CT, at his residence.

He was a son of the late Alexander and Emma Beard Burris, a member of Pickett's Chapel United Methodist Church, a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, and a retired farmer.

The funeral service will be Tuesday, August 29, 2006, at 11:00am CT, at Grissom Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY, with Bro. Herbert Janes and Bro. William Davenport the officiating clergy. Burial will be in Tarter's Chapel Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Burris, Portland, KY, and the following:
  • One daughter and son-in-law: Wanda and Bro. Larry Wisdom, Milltown, KY

  • Four sons and daughters-in-law: Bro. Sam and Phyllis Burris, Fairplay, KY; Mike and Carolyn Burris, Russell Springs, KY; David and Betty Burris and Phillip and Pam Burris, all of Milltown, KY

  • One brother: Eunie Burris, Greensburg, KY

  • One half-brother: Rollin Burris, Campbellsville, KY

  • Two half-sisters: Mary Elizabeth Burris, Edmonton; and Shirley Smith, Greensburg, KY

  • And 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren
Visitation will be after 4:00pm CT, Monday, August 28, 2006, at Grissom Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to either Hospice of Central Kentucky, Tarter's Chapel Cemetery Fund, or Gideon Bible Plan. These may be made at the funeral home.

Grissom Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

This obituary was made possible through the support of Grissom Funeral Home, established in 1926, located one block off the square at 200 Campbellsville Street in Columbia. To reach David and Cathy Martin, phone 270-384-2149, or E-mail:

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