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Celebrating the life of

Philip Walker (Phil) Burns, Jr.

August 16, 1943 - March 19, 2023

Philip Walker (Phil) Burns, Jr.

Philip Walker (Phil) Burns, Jr. of Savannah, GA passed away Sunday, March 19, 2023 at Memorial Hospital in Savannah.

Phillip was born in Rock Hill, SC on August 6, 1943 and was a son of the late Philip Walker Burns, Sr. and the late Kathleen Hurd Burns.

Phil grew up in Rock Hill, graduating from Rock Hill High School in 1961.  He attended Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, graduating in 1965.  He served in the United States Army, retiring from military service in 2003 as a Lieutenant Colonel.  He worked with Traveler’s Insurance, Harleysville Insurance, and retired from the DeWitt Insurance Agency in Rincon, GA as an insurance agent in 2014.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Kee Burns, his son Scott W. Burns (Meredith), his grandson, Andrew W. Burns, all of Savannah, GA.  Surviving also are a sister, Laura Scott (Mike) of Winter Garden, FL, a brother, Allen H. Burns (Gladys) of Simpsonville, SC, and several cousins, nieces, nephews.

The funeral services will be Friday, March 24, 2023 at 2:00 PM at Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home in Rock Hill, SC with interment following at Rock Hill’s Grandview Memorial Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorial donations be made to Wilmington Island Presbyterian Church ( or the Thornwell Home for Children, Clinton, SC.



We were so sorry to hear of Phil's passing. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you Betty and all the family.

- Angela and John Long, Statesboro, GA

I remember Phil as a kind man who loved to have a chat. My heart goes out to his entire family. I know he'll be missed by many.

- Leslie Iler, Rincon, GA

Betty, Scott, Meredith and Andrew: Know that you were so loved by Mr. Phil. He talked of you on so many occasions. He was a great addtion to our family of agents and a joy to work with at DeWitt Insurance.

- Kathy Bailey, Guyton, GA

Mr Phil was one of the kindest person I knew and always had a story or joke to tell you to keep a smile on your face. Had many good times with him and Ms Betty at our annual picnics and Christmas parties. He will truly be missed by all. Love and prayers to the family.

- Joni & Bob Bacon, Lyons, GA

Dear Betty and family: We are so very sad to learn of Phil's passing. He was a wonderful family man, a dedicated church member, and a great neighbor. We always enjoyed our chats with Phil and truly appreciated his keen intellect, his gentle manner and his sense of humor. We will miss seeing Phil in the neighorhood, and we know he will be sadly missed by the family he so loved, and by others like us who were privileged to know him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

- Paul and Marie Wilson, Savannah, Ga.

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel