Jerry Lee Burris was born November 24, 1940 in Simmons, Missouri, and passed away peacefully at his home in Hollister, Missouri, on July 19, 2011, with his loving wife, Christy, daughter Shonna and faithful companion Banjo the dog by his side.
God blessed Jerry with many talents and a very creative mind. He loved country music and began entertaining at a very early age, singing and playing his guitar and banjo. One of his favorite memories was of performing at the Shrine Mosque in Springfield, Missorui, for a live KWTO radio program when he was only six years old. He wrote several songs that he had published and recorded in Nashville. Jerry created the “Hillbilly Cell Phone” which he sold in craft stores throughout the Branson area. He was a people person and loved to entertain and make people laugh. He especially enjoyed playing practical jokes. One of his favorite jobs was playing the part of Amos at the IMAX Complex in Branson. In 2002 he fulfilled his dream of performing in Branson with the “Country Tradition” show at the IMAX. Although he loved to work, his health began to fail and he had to retire in November of 2002.
Jerry had a passion for horses and broke, trained and showed horses for many years. He loved to ride and rode as much as possible as long as his health allowed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Roy Burris and Cora May Ford.
He is survived by his wife, Christy of the home; son Mike Burris and wife Connie of Ava, Missouri; daughters Jackie Poole of Rogersville, Missouri, and Shonna Miller of Pomona, Missouri; stepdaughter Stefanie McCall of Spokane, Missouri; sister Carol Ussery and husband Junior of Mountain Grove, Missouri; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and dear friends Rabbit, George, Gayla, Danny and Abby. He also leaves his dog Banjo, Cecil the sugar glider and Rock and Rockie, the spoiled horses he loved so much.
Jerry was blessed with many special friends that went out of their way to help him so he could keep his horses that were so very precious to him.
Services were held Saturday, July 23, 2011, at Green Lawn Funeral Home in Branson with burial in Schupbach Cemetery near Spokane, Missouri.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Skaggs Professional Hospice in Branson, Missouri.