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Effie Ruth (Wallace) Burns and Robert Hiram Burns

 

A tribute to Effie Ruth Burns by Ruth (Burns) McWherter, daughter of Effie.

            FROM RUTH:  Mother lived her religion. Through love, service, hardships and trials she always had a smile. She believed God when he said, "All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28, When this called one was called home; we children joined hands and words of prayer (Psalms 23.) She taught us to know and love the Good Shepherd. Praise God! Oh, thank God for her precious life and memory

 

A tribute to Effie Ruth Burns By Polly (Burns) William, daughter of Effie .

             The vivid memory of Mother' s faith - She had the unwavering faith that gave her strength to face all things uncomplaining - faith that gave her the strong assurance that whatever happened it would be for the ultimate good of those "who love. The Lord." She had faith in prayer. She took her burdens to the Lord and left there. Her heart and soul was always overflowing with praise for God in word and song. Her daily tasks were accompanied with religious hymns. Her babies were rocked to sleep in her arms while singing God's praise. She had faith in God's children -faith in the Bible - it was her daily inspiration and guidance. Faith in God's church - she was ever faithful to the tithe. She had faith that carried her to the end uncomplaining and ever grateful to her Lord and God for the ninety-six years he gave her to enjoy his blessing and her children.

 

            Effie's Daughter Clara Sybil Burns keep a scrap book of news paper articles about the family. This page would not be possible without her concern for family history.  I would like to give full credit to my aunt, Aleene (Burns) King, for the foundation work she did on the Burns and Wallace lines. She spent years researching her family, and without Aleene's labor, it would have been hard to start.

 


 

Obituary - The Sentinel-Record, Oct. 10, 1966.

            Funeral services for Mrs. Effie Burns, 95, a member of an Arkansas pioneer family who died Saturday, will be held at 10 A.M. today in the Gross Mortuary chapel.  The Rev. Lehman F. Webb, pastor of the First Baptist Church, will officiate.

            Graveside services will be held at 3 P.M. in the Snell Cemetery at Emmett, (Arkansas).

 


 

 Appeared in The News, May 6, 1976 Poet's Partyline column.

 

 To My Mother, by Polly Williams

 (Effie Ruth Wallace Burns)

 

She lit her lamp of faith and raised it high

Through storm and rain and turbulent black sky;

She kept it bright along the darkest path

Her light led souls to shore through seas of wrath.

 

The message of God's love and care she told.

Her children's lives were shaped within this mold.

She strode through halls of life until the end;

Each stranger that she met became her friend.

 

She had a joy of heart, a smile, a song,

Her way showed others what is right from wrong,

And under stress of death she did not despair;

She took the pain to God and left it there.

 

He asked, "What will come when I'm not at your side?"

She said, with trust, "A way God will provide.

Until I meet my Lord with Christ I'll dwell."

He died.  With God she raised her children well.

 

Mary Francis (Polly Burns) Williams

Star Rt. 10 A, Lonsdale, Ark.  72

 


 

The following article was written by Mrs. John A. Abernathy a missionary to China, She was a friend of Effie and member of First Baptist Church of Hot Springs Arkansas.

 

            "Take your burdens to the Lord and leave them there," was what Effie Ruth Wallace usually as she sat in front of the fireplace rocking her twins, cradle at her foot and churning butter.

            And Mother Burns really had burdens, just how many the rest of Hot Springs, Arkansas, didn't know.  The widow of Robert Hiram Burns had much more than her share of trouble which seemed to begin with her birth in Ozan, Arkansas, on July 11, 1871.  Bob, a she called him, died of diabetes one year before insulin was discovered.  During his lengthy illness she nursed him while trying to raise 12 children in a Christian atmosphere.  Her husband's passing left her with three young daughters to support on the meager income from taking in boarders. During these hard times Effie Burns continued to tithe and even though she could have found many other uses for the money.  Friends, especially her roomers, criticized for giving that money to the church.  "You need that money for the girls," they would tell her.  Mother Burns firmly believe the Lord would take care if she would trust and obey him, and she soon proved it to the skeptics.  For a whole year she kept a strict account of every penny she gave her church and of every cent beside her regular income she received.  At the end of the year she had actually been paid to tithe.

            Mother Burns, as she is fondly known to the members of First Baptist Church, has always solved her problems by taking them to the Lord and leading them there.  Her whole life is such a contrast to most. She went through trials, hardships, and hard aches with the firm conviction that," all things were together for good to those who love the Lord".  Her daughters attribute her long live of 94 years to her ability to avoid unnecessary worry by trusting the Lord to care for her.

            Almost women would have tried to excuse themselves from responsibility of service in the church by saying," I have the feature overrun to take care of", or" I don't have a way to get their", she accepted hers. Mother Burns needed both a wagon and surrey to get her children to church, but she made it.  She often walked nearly two miles in the rain is no to get to Wednesday night for me.  Many modern mothers refuse to discipline their children for fear they will develop a psychosis of some sort.

Mother Burns always listen to the children arguments for doing this or that, decided what was best, and then said, "I've put a foot down".  This was the final word on the subject and the Burns children always obeyed.  They have all grown-up to be civic leaders and dedicated Christians.

            Mother Burns has lived with her daughter Aleene in recent years.  But in 1964 when she became 93, it became apparent that she needed day and night nursing care.  Her daughter's felt a recently built nursing home in Hot Springs could provide what she needed.  Mother Burns was opposed to this at first.  She says now, "I realized I was begin selfish".  Most parents in this position would tend to fill that they are abandoned, but she was thinking of the burden the movement would lift from her daughter.

            And Hughes not abandoned.  Were daughters came every day and read the Scriptures to her.  They usually brain her some home cooked treat.  Mother Burns naturally sleeves the bright side of living in the home.  She likes being around so many people.  The others also enjoy having her around.

            On her 94th in birthday she visited in her daughters home for a few days.  At the end of first day, she was anxious to return to the home.  "My hospital bed is so comfortable", she remarked.  Upon her return she was taken for a ride in a wheelchair and talk to with many of her friends.  "  The glad to see you back", said one.  "Just to see your cheery smile brightness my whole day", another remarked.

            Mother Burns is willing to witness for her Lord in any small way she can.  She trusts Him completely with her live.  As she set in her bid their window overlooking sunflowers she said, "I'll be here for just as long as the Good Lord wants to be here"

 

More about John and Jewell Abernathy The Shantung Revival

 

 

Descendants of Effie Ruth Wallace

 

 

Generation No. 1

 

1.  EFFIE RUTH4 WALLACE  (WILSON POLK3, ANDEW JACKSON2, ANDREW1) was born July 11, 1871 in Barker Arkansas, Hempstead Co., and died October 08, 1966 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Garland County.  She married ROBERT HIRAM BURNS May 10, 1888, son of WILLIAM BURNS and ELIZA HACKNEY.  He was born September 09, 1861 in Boliver, Tenn., Hardeman, County, and died April 30, 1921 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Garland County.

 

More About EFFIE RUTH WALLACE:

Burial: Snell Cemetery, Nevada County

 

More About ROBERT HIRAM BURNS:

Burial: Snell Cemetery, Nevada County

Census: 1880, Census Hardeman Co., Tennessee

Census 3: 1870, Census Hardman Co., Tennessee

 

More About ROBERT BURNS and EFFIE WALLACE:

Marriage: May 10, 1888

       

Children of EFFIE WALLACE and ROBERT BURNS are:

                  i.      OZELLA5 BURNS, b. July 16, 1889, Columbus, Ar. Howard Co.; d. July 10, 1929, Hot Springs, Arkansas; m. JOHN C. BILLINGSLEY, October 10, 1906, Emmet Ar.; b. November 17, 1882, Okolona, Ar.; d. May 07, 1975, Gurdon Ar., Clark County.

 

More About OZELLA BURNS:

Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, Garland County

 

More About JOHN C. BILLINGSLEY:

Occupation: Engineer Mo, Pacific Railroad

Religion: Baptist

 

More About JOHN BILLINGSLEY and OZELLA BURNS:

Marriage: October 10, 1906, Emmet Ar.

 

                  ii.      JOHN ROBERT BURNS, b. November 17, 1891, Columbus Ar.; d. August 02, 1902, Emmet Ar.

                 iii.      JAMES THOMAS BURNS, b. July 26, 1893, Columbus, Ar.; d. June 19, 1959, El Dorado, Ar.  Union Co.; m. BERTIE MCCLANAHAN, 1912, Hope, AR; b. October 01, 1892, Hope, Ar.; d. November 24, 1976, El Dorado, Ar.  Union Co.

 

More About JAMES BURNS and BERTIE MCCLANAHAN:

Marriage: 1912, Hope, AR

 

                 iv.      CHARLES S. BURNS, b. October 04, 1895, Columbus, Arkansas; d. July 16, 1953, Hot Springs, Arkansas; m. (1) MAMIE, 1928; m. (2) SERENA WARD EVANS, October 18, 1941, Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas; b. Abt. 1904.

 

More About CHARLES S. BURNS:

Burial: Springdale, Arkansas

Cause of Death: Coronary

Religion: Baptist

 

More About CHARLES BURNS and MAMIE:

Marriage: 1928

 

More About CHARLES BURNS and SERENA EVANS:

Marriage: October 18, 1941, Fayetteville, Washington County, Arkansas

 

                 v.      LUCILLE STRICKLAND BURNS, b. September 04, 1898, Columbus AR; d. November 04, 1977, Memphis, TN; m. HERVEY B. (RED) BIGBEE, April 11, 1925, New Orleans, LA; b. July 08, 1900, Sheffield, AL; d. September 30, 1962, Germantown, TN.

 

More About HERVEY B. (RED) BIGBEE:

Occupation: Carpenter

 

More About HERVEY BIGBEE and LUCILLE BURNS:

Marriage: April 11, 1925, New Orleans, LA

 

                 vi.      JOSEPH BURNS, b. March 17, 1901, Emmet Ar.; d. March 22, 1901, Emmet Ar., Snell Cemetery.

                vii.      ALBERT VERNON BURNS, b. March 22, 1902, Emmet Ar.; d. February 14, 1983, Little Rock Ar., Pulaski County; m. VELMA WARD, July 22, 1932, Little Rock Ar.; b. September 12, 1931, Little Rock Ar., Pulaski Co..

 

More About ALBERT BURNS and VELMA WARD:

Marriage: July 22, 1932, Little Rock Ar.

 

               viii.      MARY FRANCES (POLLY) BURNS, b. August 22, 1904, Emmet Ar.; d. December 08, 1989, Hot Springs, Arkansas; m. JOHN WILLIAM, February 14, 1921, Hot Springs ,Ar. Garland Co.; b. March 08, 1888; d. Hot Springs ,Arkansas.

 

More About JOHN WILLIAM and MARY BURNS:

Marriage: February 14, 1921, Hot Springs, Ar. Garland Co.

 

                 ix.      CLARA SYBIL BURNS, b. June 20, 1907, Providence, Arkansas; d. November 13, 1982, Hot Springs, Arkansas; m. AUBREY EDWARD REYNOLDS, August 30, 1930, Erie, Pennsylvania; b. May 28, 1905, Hot Springs, Arkansas; d. September 09, 1964, Searcy, Arkansas.

 

More About CLARA SYBIL BURNS:

Burial: Hollywood Cemetery, Garland Co.

Individual Note: Lived at Hope, Arkansas as child.

 

More About AUBREY EDWARD REYNOLDS:

Burial: Hollywood Cemetery, Garland Co.

 

More About AUBREY REYNOLDS and CLARA BURNS:

Marriage: August 30, 1930, Erie, Pennsylvania

 

                 x.      CLARENCE BURNS, b. June 20, 1907, Providence, AR; d. October 1908, Emmet, Ar. Snell Cemetery.

 

More About CLARENCE BURNS:

Burial: Snell Cemetery, Nevada County

 

                 xi.      RUTH ANN BURNS, b. private, Amity, AR. Clark Co.; m. EARL MCWHERTER, April 07, 1951, Hot Springs, Arkansas; b. October 31, 1911, Arkansas.

 

More About EARL MCWHERTER and RUTH BURNS:

Marriage: April 07, 1951, Hot Springs, Arkansas

 

                xii.      ALEENE RACHEL BURNS, b. private, Amity, AR. Clark Co.; m. JACOB LARRY KING, June 13, 1934, Hot Springs, Ar.; b. March 11, 1910 Hot Springs Arkansas, d. June 23, 2001, Hot Springs, Arkansas.

 

More About JACOB KING and ALEENE BURNS:

Marriage: June 13, 1934, Hot Springs, Ar.

 

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