He was born January 15, 1923 in Monroe County to Frank and Anna Lucile Zike Burris.
After attending Smithville High School he went on to proudly serve our country in the United States Army during World War II in the Pacific Theatre. James spent his professional career as a carpenter in construction retiring in 1981 after completing work on the Pointe Resort at Lake Monroe. He was a member of the Church of Christ and spent countless hours on his motorcycles traveling the country with Martha Hatton Burris of Linton, his wife of 55 years who survives him.
Other survivors include daughters, Maria D. Jessee of Dugger and Sylvia L Toney of Pendleton; grandson, William A. Mooney; granddaughter Corrie M. Andreas; great-grandson, Tyson Andreas; sister Oneta Young of Bloomington and brother Joseph S. Burris of Bloomfield.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Louise McDaniel and Martha Morse.
Graveside services will be Friday May 8, at 1 p.m. at Valhalla Memory Gardens in Bloomington with Reverend Jerry Carmichael presiding.
Visitation will be Thursday May 7 from 4 -8 p.m.at the Allen Funeral Home 4155 South Old Highway 37 in Bloomington.