William Burney Obituary (1926-2021) – Greensboro, NC

Burney, William Paul

March 15, 1926 – April 26, 2021

William “Bill” Paul Burney, 95, of Greensboro, NC, went home peacefully on April 26, 2021 to be with the Lord. Paul was born on March 15, 1926 in Elkton, Bladen County, NC, to Archibald Strange Burney and Agnes Catherine Maultsby. After his father’s death in 1928, Paul was sent to the Presbyterian Orphanage in Barium Springs, NC. There he was raised in a Christian environment until he graduated from Barium Springs High School. Paul then enrolled on a soccer scholarship at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC. He left college to join USAAF and served in the Philippines and Japan. After his honorable discharge, Paul enrolled at NC State University, where he graduated with honors in electrical engineering in 1953. After college, Paul worked as an engineer for the Western Electric Government Systems Division of AT&T. In June 1954, he married Norma Williams Martin and they had two children. He retired in 1989 after 36 years of service. In retirement, Paul enjoyed roller skating, hiking, and gardening. After the death of his first wife, he married Betty Jean Sloop Harris in December 1990. Together they enjoyed traveling and researching their families’ genealogy.

Paul is preceded in death by his parents, first wife and sister Dorothy Lucille Burney Baird. He is survived by his wife Betty, two children, John Martin Burney (Jackie) from Greensboro and Paula Irene Burney Hoeger (Jim) from Greensboro, two stepchildren, Wanda Jean Harris Beason from Greensboro and William Jeffrey (Jeff) Harris (Justina)) from Monroeville, AL, 5 grandchildren, Catherine Elizabeth Hoeger Freeze (Thomas), Graham, NC, Jennifer Kristin Beason Strader (Wayne), Hardy, VA, Heather Denise Beason Hall, Greensboro, NC, Gary Daniel Harris (Colbie), Monroeville, AL and Amy Sara Harris Dees (Ryan), Monroeville, AL, 7 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren.

The family is supported by Advantage Funeral & Cremation Services in Greensboro. A private family reunion will be held on Wednesday April 28th, followed by a funeral at Lakeview Memorial Park in Greensboro. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Greensboro Hospice or other charitable organizations.

Published by Greensboro News & Record on April 28, 2021.

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