Orlander Burns

Orlander Burns

Sunday November 24th, 1957 - Tuesday January 19th, 2021
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Orlander "Zert" Burns passed peacefully in his home on January 19, 2021, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, at the age of 63.
He is preceded in death by his late father, Velpo Burns of Alabama, mother, Annie Jo Burns, and sister, Bessie Burns of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Zert is survived by his wife Deidra and three children, Orlander, Montel and Montrel Burns, of Chattanooga, Tennessee; brothers, Mirrie Burns and Calvin Davis of Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Kenneth Burns of Alabama; sisters, Phyllis Burns, Connie Tai, and Tracy Alvies of Alabama.

Zert was born on November 24, 1957, in Daleville, Alabama to Velpo and Annie Jo Burns. He graduated from Howard High in 1975. He married Deirda Lykes Burns, his high school sweetheart, in 1977. After moving to Chattanooga, graduating high school, and marrying his high school sweetheart, Zert began working for Moccasin Bend where he was employed for many years.

Zert was a jack-of-all-trades with a host of many talents. He was a social and active man who was deeply involved in the community. He enjoyed cutting hair, yard work, and carpentry. His family and friends will always remember him as a hardworking man.

He will be greatly missed by his 11 grandchildren, DeJuan, Nashaya, Brandon, Samuel, Paxton, and Melody, Montrel Jr, and Cora Lykes; 2 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, family, loving in-laws, the Lykes and Lockart family, and friends.

A memorial visitation will be held from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Thursday, February 4, 2021 at the funeral home.

Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 423-622-9995.
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Jackie and Leslie Jackson

Posted at 06:18pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your lossour thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. With love and. Hugs!
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Melissa Lykes

Posted at 08:03pm
You where always a great Father in law to me. I have a lot of great memories with you Mr Z😪 The distance never changed my love for you I hope you knew that. You will be missed by all that loved you. Rest easy Pops💔

Glenda Chubb Sparks Posted at 01:43pm

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family during this difficult time.

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