Royce Burns, 73, was born June 12, 1940, in Pittsburg, Oklahoma, to John T. and Rutonse Burns, who preceded him in death. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Lela Sparks Burns, three brothers, Virgil, Bob and Jim Burns.
He is survived by one son, Dusty Burns, and one granddaughter, Destiny Marie Burns, both of Roswell. Also four sisters, Willora Bryant, of Hagerman, Veta Vaugh and Neta Burns, of Dexter, and Sue Arnold and husband, Ronny, of Roswell. Three sisters-in-law, Dorotha Burns, Barbara Burns and Armel Burns. And a special friend, Patsy Coon, and her daughters, Kelly Thompson and Dana Huffmon.
Royce was known as Uncle Roe by numerous nieces and nephews, all who loved him dearly.
Royce was a well-known welder in southeastern New Mexico. He is loved and will always be remembered fondly by his family and many friends as someone who love everyone.
He enjoyed entertaining with his musical talents at nursing homes and different organizations in the area. He had a great love for country and western music and playing music with his family.
His son, Dusty, was the love of his life.
Graveside services will be held Friday, October 4 at 3 p.m. at South Park Cemetery with Robert Bowles, pastor of Eastside Church of Christ of Dexter, where Royce was a member, officiating.
Honorary pallbearers are Troy Frost, Johnny Lawless, and Donald Flores.