Monday, October 26, 2015

Melvin Thomas Burnham

Mr. Melvin Thomas Burnham, Sr., 88, died Monday, October 25, 2015, at Choctaw Residential Center in Philadelphia, MS. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, October 29th, at Porter Funeral Home, with Rev. Terrell Mayo officiating. Interment will be in Shiloh Baptist Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Porter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Burnham was born September 8, 1927, in Winston County, Mississippi. He was a self-employed carpenter, and a member of Shiloh Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Beatrice Cherry Burnham and William Thomas Burnham; one granddaughter, Christy Thomas; and three brothers, Jack Burnham, Charles Burnham, and Johnny Burnham.

He is survived by his daughters, Jeanna (Johnny) Watts of McCool, MS, and Donna Goodin of Preston, MS; his son, Junior (Pam) Burnham of Louisville, MS; three sisters, Margie Lishman of Thibodaux, LA, Myrtis Boatner of Homer, LA, and Betty Adams of Preston, MS; three brothers, Marvin Burnham of Philadelphia, MS, Gene Burnham of Philadelphia, MS, and Leon Burnham of Homer, LA; grandchildren, Amanda Watts, Dalton Watts, Rusty Burnham, Justin Burnham, Michael Burnham, Sarah Mayo, Joseph Pace, Kevin Watts, and Dasha Goodin; and 11 great grandchildren.