Obituary— Thomas Wayne Burns
On Thursday, November 19, 2020, Thomas Wayne Burns was called to Heaven at the young age of 25, after being in a motor vehicle accident. Thomas, (also known as “Pepper” to close family and friends), was born on September 6, 1995 alongside his twin brother Dustin in El Paso, Texas, to Lucy and Warren Burns. Pepper was the 4th child.
By the age of 10, Pepper had moved around West Texas with his family, making many friends along the way in Sierra Blanca, Van Horn, and Monahans, before moving to Grandfalls, Texas in 2005. Growing up, he was the highlight of the town, being known for his great personality, helping people in need, his charm, and mostly for his athletic abilities. In 2013, Thomas’ senior year, he helped take his high school football team to Dallas, winning the State Championship in 6-man football. After graduation, Thomas continued to move around and he worked in the oil field before moving to Whitehouse Texas, in 2019.
Although Thomas’ life may have ended short, he will always be remembered as the wild child, free spirited, and for always having the best intentions in life. His after life is honored, saving 4 people lives as an organ donor.
Thomas is preceded in death by his father Warren, stepmother Belinda, and grandmother LaVoice Burns. He is survived by his mother Lucy Burns, his twin brother Dustin, his sisters Brandi and Danielle, his little brother Gunner, and his 7 nieces and nephews.
A family memorial was held on Saturday, November 28, at the Gospel Barn in Whitehouse, Texas. Another memorial was held in Grandfalls, Texas, for his close friends.