William Gibbs Burns

August 2, 1938 - December 19, 2007

08/02/1938 - 12/19/2007

Past Services

Saturday December 22, 2007
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Airport Hilton
1500 Military Highway
Norfolk, VA 23502
757-466-8000 | Directions
Sunday December 23, 2007
2:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions


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Ginny Loeffler
8 years ago

Being with Flora and ESA meant that Bill had to be ever ready for a “picture” moment. And every time I took his picture, he posed for me. I realized later that he wasn’t posing for the picture, it was how he lived his life: With a smile, a real laugh and a zest for life. May we all remember how he lived his life and how he then taught us to live ours, to the fullest.

Janice and Jack Hornbeck
8 years ago

Bill was a great friend and fellow member of the FOGS. Every ride he took was the “best ride ever” and of course, never in the rain. Janice and I will miss him. Our thoughts are with Flora and the family.

Shane Sullivan
8 years ago

Bill was a great person…. He will be missed. I considered him my friend and he helped me all the time…. What a good life he had!

Lisa & Doug Files, Sr.
8 years ago

Dear Flora & Family,

Our thoughts & prayers are with ALL

of you as you strive to bring some

measure of balance back into your


May you find solace in the countless

memories that the two of you created

together as valued partners, parents,grandparents, community-minded activists and ESA family making a difference in the lives of


ESA Love & Friendship,

Bonnie Feldhauser
8 years ago

Dear Flora and Family,

It saddens our heart to hear about Bill’s passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and our prayers.


Bonnie and Ron Feldhauser

John Enright
8 years ago

Dear Flora and Family,

I was very saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. Although it has been quite a few years over a decade since I have seen Bill, I retain vivid memories of his antics and good humor, paddling on the rivers of Virginia. Confident, determined, and always ready to test the unknown. He is now scouting the rapids ahead for all of us that follow.

Best wishes for fond rememberances,


Sunset Strip, Inc.
8 years ago

Dear Flora,

We are deeply sadden to hear of Bill’s passing. We want

you and your family to know that you are in our thoughts

and prayers during this time. We send you love and care.

Dana , Andrea, Kaye and all of us from Sunset Strip

Roger and Sylvia Handy
8 years ago

Dear Flora,

We volunteered together many years through the Independence Lions Club. Bill was always an energetic and dependable co-laborer and friend. May God comfort you and your family in your grieving. Roger and Sylvia.

Barb English
8 years ago

Dear Flora,

We are thinking of you today as you celebrate the full and vibrant life of your beloved Bill. We all enjoyed getting to know Bill over the years during our extended family trips to the Caribbean and Club Med in Punta Cana. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love Barb, Scott, Meika & Tori English

Shelby Hodges
8 years ago

I remember Bill as a fun guy who always had a wonderful smile on his face. My impression was he loved ESA and what it stood for and supported Flora completely. I will miss seeing his smile and fun loving ways.

Chester Kramer
8 years ago

I was saddened to hear of Bill’s departure from this life. I will certainly miss him, he has been a good friend for many years, at work and play. He was an excellent mentor, teacher and advisor on many subjects, buisness and personal. I enjoyed his company, our converstaions about hunting and politics. Friends are forever, they never die.


Phillip & Uraina Pierre
8 years ago

My family wants to give your family our condolences during the time of your lost. Our prayers are with you and your family God Bless,

Phillip & Uraina Pierre

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Jim & Kim Gower
8 years ago

Over the last few years I came to understand the admiration and respect that Kim had for Bill. She is deeply saddened in his passing. Kim introduced me to Bill as a “Good Guy” and a “Good Boss”. Over the years I learned what she meant. He always talked with me as if he had known me for a long time. Either it was a detailed story of a motorcycle trip or some of his whitewater kayaking, he shared them with me just the same. While observing him as Kim’s boss, he was a straight shooter. He passed along some of his business practices to her and entrusted her with many things. For this, she is greatful. He will be missed but not forgotten. He has touched our lives in different ways. Kim and I are very thankful for his friendship and his generosity to our daughter.

God Bless,

Jim & Kim Gower

Brandy Garganta

Verna Morris Whitney
8 years ago

The Homer Central Class of 1956 was saddened to hear o the passing of our clasmate Bill Burns. To Bill’s family, please accept our sympathy.