December 9, 2020 525 PM
On Thursday, November 19, 2020, Thomas Wayne Burns was called on to Heaven at the age of 25, after being in a motor vehicle accident.
Thomas, aka “Pepper” to close family and friends, was born on September 6, 1995, alongside his twin brother in El Paso, Texas, to Lucy and Warren Burns. Pepper was the fourth child. By the age of 10, Pepper had moved around West Texas with his family, making many friends along the way in Sierra Blanca, Van Horn, Marfa and Monahans, till finally moving to Grandfalls, Texas, in 2005. Growing up, he was the highlight of the town, being known for his great personality, helping people in need, his charm and his athletic abilities. In 2013, Thomas’ senior year, he helped take his high school football team to Dallas to win the State Championship in six-man football. After graduating, Thomas continued to move around while working in the oil field, until moving to Whitehouse, Texas, in 2019. Although Thomas’ life may have ended short, he will always be remembered as the wild child, free-spirited and always having the best intentions in life. And even in his after life, he was able to save four people’s lives by being an organ donor, which he was honored for.
Thomas was preceded in death by his father Warren, stepmother Belinda, and grandmother LaVoice Burns. He is survived by his mother, Lucy Burns; his twin brother Dustin; his sisters, Brandi and Danielle; his little brother, Gunner; and his seven nieces and nephews. A memorial was held on Saturday, November 28, 2020, at the Gospel Barn in Whitehouse for family. A second memorial was held in Grandfalls for close friends.