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We are proud to be Taylor County’s oldest funeral home, Lafayette County's only funeral home, and Madison County’s newest funeral home. Our commitment to dedicated service began in 1954, when Joe Burns moved to Perry and opened Joe P. Burns Funeral Home and Ambulance Service. He later opened the Burns Monument and Vault Company and a Mayo Branch Funeral Chapel. He purchased land for a perpetual care cemetery, and in 1978 he opened Pineview Memorial Gardens.

Joe was very active in the community, serving on the Taylor County Board of the Chamber of Commerce, Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Inc. of Taylor County, and Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc. He was a member of the Florida Board of Funeral Directors, Inc. from 1982-1996, and was past president of the Florida Funeral Directors Assoc. from 1986-1987. He was involved in many civic organizations such as: Coast Guard Auxiliary, American Red Cross, Perry Elks Lodge, Perry Kiwanis, Perry Masonic Lodge, Shriner of the Marzuq Temple, and many others.

Joe was truly devoted to his work. He was often heard to say he was “always there for his families.” No matter what time of day, or what day of the week, Mr. Burns was available to care for loved ones around the county. He lost his battle with cancer on May 26, 2006.

Tommy Murrow came to work for Burns Funeral Home in 1998, serving as its manager. He immediately got involved in community activities, including service on the Board of the Taylor County Chamber of Commerce. He’s also a past member of Lions Club, Perry Elks Lodge, Perry Kiwanis Club, Perry Masonic Lodge and brought his personality and commitment to the office of president of the Taylor County Gator Club. He also enjoyed serving at one time as the Commander of the Joseph Morgan Camp 2012 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
A 12 year veteran of funeral service, Steve Green came to Burns Funeral Home early in 2000, and diligently began serving the families of Lafayette and Taylor Counties. He was active in the Perry Kiwanis Club and in the Taylor County Cookers who raises money for local charities, churches, and civic groups. He is currently an active member of the Mayo Rotary Club and the Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce, where he continues to support the community with his efforts. Steve is a member of Impact Family Church where he serves as the director of the Men of Impact men’s ministry.

Steve and Tommy were able to purchase Burns Funeral home in August of 2007, and have strived to keep doing the things Mr. Burns taught them over the years. “Our first priority is to serve God, and in doing so bring glory to Him. We feel that when we serve families in a Godly way, that they will be well taken care of,” stated Tommy. Their commitment to doing good works in the community includes financial support for the many charitable programs and events throughout the area.

Upon buying the funeral homes, they turned the Mayo Branch Chapel into its own funeral home with the capability of serving the public out of that building. They installed a state-of-the-art selection room similar to the selection room in the Perry location, remodeled the interior, and did major outdoor landscaping.

By August of 2014, the Madison Chapel became a reality and the grand opening was held. What began as an appeal from some local Madison folk to bring Joe P. Burns Funeral Homes into their community, prompted the purchase of the historic Van H. Priest warehouse on beautiful Lake Frances in downtown Madison. Steve and Tommy met with architect designers and together they transformed this building into a magnificent funeral chapel inside while preserving much of the original character outside. True to form, both owners immediately became a part of the Madison community by joining civic organizations, providing grills, tents and cooks for local fundraisers, sponsoring county events and sports teams, and much more. Their goal is to treat each family as if they are the only family those at Burns Funeral Home are caring for at that time. Steve and Tommy also expect the staff in all three locations to provide the most professional service, showing the highest respect to the deceased and to all who are experiencing loss.

“We provide the best service for the best price,” said Steve. “People tell us that they can’t believe how well they are treated at funeral home. They say they felt like they were family to us because we were so attentive to all their needs. After making arrangements with our families, we take to their home a pot of homemade chicken and noodle soup, chairs, ice chest filled with ice, coffee urns, and food register book. We are humbled to be accepted in the communities we serve. We know that God has given us a blessing and we use it to best of our ability to honor and glorify Him.”