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Gene Tunney Burch

November 25, 1926 — December 3, 2019

Hickox – Gene Tunney Burch, 93, of Hickox passed away Tuesday (December 3, 2019) at his residence after an extended illness.

Born in Geneva, AL his parents were David Crocket “D.C.” Burch, Jr. and Callie Pitts Burch. He is also preceded in death by his first wife, Lauvaneia Burch; 4 stepchildren, Pauline Jones, Modine Griffin, Bud Johns, and Edgar Johns; a brother, Edward Burch; and a sister, Alice Clements.

Gene was a retired boilermaker and served in the United States Navy. He was a member of Hickox Baptist Church and loved working, working at his carwash and with plants.

Survivors include his wife Lydia Crews Johns Burch of Hickox; 6 stepchildren and their spouses, Bobby Johns of Okeechobee, FL, Rev. Emory Ion Johns (Judy) of Nahunta, Shirley White (Wilfred) of Hickox, Larry Johns (Allison) of Hickox, Brenda Johns (Ronnie) of Nahunta, and Ginger Chaffin (James) of Hickox; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; and also several other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held Thursday evening (December 5, 2019) from 6pm -8pm at Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.

A funeral service will be held Friday afternoon (December 6, 2019) at 3pm at the chapel of Frye Funeral Home with Rev. Ion Johns and Bro. Jarrett Johns officiating. Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery with military honors.

Pallbearers will be Rodney Johns, Clay Johns, Luke Johns, Donovan Johns, Jarrett Johns, Justin Johns, Bruce White, and Timmy Johns.

Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Crews, Hubert Wilson, Charles Wilson, JoAnn Ham, Howard Forth, Ronald Dykes, Johnnie Roy Herrin, Steven Harris, and Nahunta City Hall workers.

Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at


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  • 136 Satilla Ave.
    Nahunta, GA 31553

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  • 136 Satilla Ave.
    Nahunta, GA 31553


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  • New Hope Rd.
    Nahunta, GA 31553
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