Joseph Eden Burris, 83, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, Nov. 26, 2007, at Webb City Health and Rehabilitation, Webb City, Mo., where he had lived the past 15 months. He was born Sept. 11, 1924, in Nevada, to Charles Thomas Burris and Nora Lee Buzzard Burris, He married Bertha D. Collins, on Jan. 24, 1947, in Nevada, and she preceded him in death in 1998.
Joe was reared in Nevada and spent most of his life here. He retired from Nevada State Hospital in 1984 after 20 years of service.
Survivors include four daughters, Lorna Steelman, Kodiak, Ark., Diana Tidwell, Federal Heights, Colo., Donna Clark, Independence, Mo., and Kelly (Debra) Mayfield, Webb City; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and several close nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife Bertha, he was preceded in death by one son, Carl Wesley Burns; one granddaughter, April Davis; two sisters, Lillie Mae McClure and Bertha Edna Bayne, and eight brothers, Earl Clifford Burris, Claud Douglas Burris, Arthur Lilburn Burris, Charles Lee Burris, Harry Edward Burris, David Everett Burris, Thomas Eugene Burris, and James Paul Burris.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m., on Friday, Nov. 30, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada. Friends may call now and until the hour of service.
Those who wish may contribute to the Alzheimer's Association in care of Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.