Helen Sarah Lee Burney

November 28, 1952 ~ May 21, 2019 (age 66)


Mrs. Helen Sarah Lee Burney, 66 of Blackshear, passed away Tuesday afternoon, May 21, 2019, at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House.

Born in Blackshear, GA on November 28, 1952, she had lived in Ware and Pierce Counties most of her life. Mrs. Burney was a 1970 graduate of Blackshear High School and had worked for Waycross Molded Products for over twenty years before becoming a homemaker. She was a "Nannie" to not only her grandchildren but also to many other children. She was also known by many as "Ma". Mrs. Burney loved to cook but fishing was probably her favorite thing to do when she felt like it.
She always had a kind and giving heart and was a person anyone could go to for comfort. She was of the Baptist faith.

She was a daughter of the late Noah Albert & Lizzie Inez Dowling Lee. She was also preceded in death by several brothers and sisters and their spouses, Louise (Donald) James, Arland Lee, Hayden (Glenda) Lee, Wynelle (Gene) Groover, Tommy Lee, Gary Lee, and Darrell Lee.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, James "Buck" Burney, Sr. of Blackshear; a son and daughter-in-law, James "Jamie", Jr. & Teresa Burney of Blackshear; a daughter and son-in-law, Sherrie & Randy Godwin of Patterson; two sisters, Patricia Mejia of Blackshear and Glenda (W. D.) Inman of Valdosta; a brother, Raynell (Berniece) Lee of Waycross; a sister-in-law, Vernelle Lee of Waycross; 9 grandchildren, James R. (Kim) Chancey, James M. Burney, Casey Burney, Harley Godwin (Eric) Griner, Jamie D. "Rooster" Burney, Matthew Burney, Caitlin Burney, Dannie Godwin, and Scarlett Waters; 13 great grandchildren, Andrew Vine, Spencer Vine, Addisyn Griner, Kamden Rockette, Jack Chancey, Tristan Burney, June Chancey, Braxton Griner, Aysia Smith, Jamie D. Burney, Jr., Liela Burney, Wade Cottingham, and Mayleigh Burney; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

The family will have a visitation for Mrs. Burney on Thursday evening, May 23, 2019, from 6 until 8 at the funeral home.

Memorialization will be by cremation.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude,

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at

Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

Thursday, May 23, 2019
6:00 PM 5/23/2019 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 5/23/2019 8:00:00 PM
Pearson-Dial Funeral Home

PO Box 375
659 Main Street
Blackshear, GA 31516

Pearson-Dial Funeral Home
PO Box 375 Blackshear 31516 GA
United States

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