In Memory

Shawn Denise Laird (Burns)

Shawn Denise Laird (Burns)

Born 30 Jul 1956

Died 3 May 2016

Cancer has again robbed us of a favorite classmate.

Rest in peace.

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05/03/16 02:32 PM #1    

Debra Jan Dobbs (Barton)

I will never be able to put into words the joy that Shawn brought to all who knew her.  I so looked forward to every class get together, just knowing she would be there with her stories and comments that left us all laughing.

Truly one of a kind, my friend for 50 years since the 6th grade at TJR, Shawn will never know how much she was loved. 

I have prayed so hard for a cure for this horrible disease that has claimed too many of our classmates and loved ones.  She is cured now and whole and perfect, singing in the Heavenly chorus with that beautiful voice of hers, shouting to the Lord.

Of course in true Shawn fashion, at a recent funeral for a classmate, she said to me "Jan, these guys have got to stop dying off.  I'm going to need 6 of them to be pallbearers when I go."

Oh Shawn, you made me laugh.  And today you made me cry when I heard you had left us.  I love you.

05/05/16 09:52 AM #2    

Debra Jan Dobbs (Barton)

Shawn Denise Burns, 59, of Lufkin, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 in Lufkin. She was born on July 30, 1956 in Houston, Texas to Arlon Etheridge Laird and Bobby Joy Partin Laird. Funeral service for Shawn will be on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 1:00 PM at Laird Funeral Home, interment will held at 4:00 PM at Harris Chapel Cemetery in Tatum, Texas. Visitation will be on Friday, May 6, 2016 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM at Laird Funeral Home.

Shawn was born in raised in Nacogdoches County. She attended Nacogdoches High School and was involved in the choir and pep squad. After graduation, she attended Stephen F. Austin State University. There, she met Michael Burns, who captured her heart and later the two were married. Shawn was always supportive of Michael throughout his career as band director at Tatum ISD. She was involved with and followed any school activities that included Michael. She also served as the PTSA President at Tatum ISD. Shawn was a beautiful spirit who’s light shone brightly to those around her. She loved to sing and even released a record in Nashville and sang at the Louisiana Hayride multiple times. Her musical talent and lovely personality helped to earn her pageant titles and wonderful memories. She was a member of Rainbow Girl in Nacogdoches, held a state office, and was president of the Garden Club. She also shared her musical ability at church by directing the choir for Tatum Methodist Church and Angelina Baptist Church. While she loved singing, doing art, and serving her community, Shawn loved nothing as much as her grandchildren! She treasured the moments spent playing with them more than anything in the world.

She is survived by her daughter, Ericka Burns Stewart and husband, John of Lufkin; brother, Lynn M. Laird and wife, Jonnie Sue of Nacogdoches; sisters, Venetia Lunsford and husband, Wayne of Nacogdoches, Tania Watson and husband, Mark of Garrison; and five grandchildren: Lance, Bryson, and Jocelyn Stewart, Kylie, and Payton Fike, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins who will truly miss her.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Arlon and Bobby Joy Laird, husband, Michael Burns, and daughter, Micah-Shaye Burns Fike; uncle, Sherman Smith; parents in law, Leo and Helen Downs; grandmother, Dema Redmon.

The family is being served by Laird Funeral Home. To send condolences or to sign an online register, please visit

05/05/16 10:06 AM #3    

Debra Jan Dobbs (Barton)

Whenever I think of Shawn the first thing that comes to my mind is her wonderful sense of humor and her delightful laugh. I can still see her vividly in my mind in her white formal dress serving in her officer positions at the Rainbow Girl meetings. I am thinking of you and your family with deepest sympathy.

Judy Oliver Bright - NHS Sr '74


05/05/16 03:40 PM #4    

Debra Jan Dobbs (Barton)

05/06/16 09:54 AM #5    

Debra Jan Dobbs (Barton)

Some of Shawn's comments from a few years back--

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