Lloyd Burns

February 28, 1962 ~ March 8, 2022 (age 60)


On February 28, 1962 in the city of Chicago, IL, the Lord shined his face upon Andrew Douglas Wash and Rosie Lee McGinnis and presented a blessing in the form of their son, Lloyd Conrad Burns. Both of his parents, brother Andrew Wash, and sister-in-law Yvonne Guest preceded him in death. Lloyd was raised in the fear of the Lord and attended Pleasant Gift Missionary Baptist Church on the southside of Chicago. As an adult, Lloyd became a member of Christian Valley Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Steve Greer. As a young man, Lloyd graduated from Oakenwald North and South Grammar School. He later went on to attend King High School. During his life, Lloyd was blessed to father six children: Carolyn, Brian, Tashia, Sherell, Jerod, and Ashley. He loved his children and was proud to be a grandfather. In the year 1991, Lloyd’s life changed forever. In a hot, imported foods warehouse on the northside of Chicago, Lloyd’s work on the assembly line halted as a beautiful young lady passed by. After a couple of weeks, Lloyd found himself working in the same area as this particular young lady. Soon after, Lloyd the hard worker became Lloyd the romantic. He courted this young lady by bringing her bag lunches packed with a sandwich, fruit, and potato chips, and he would take a trip to the pop machine to buy her something cold to wash it down with! He took his courting up a notch by escorting her home from work on the Blue Line and then traveling all the way back to the south side to go home. After some time, Lloyd was finally invited over to enjoy a meal of fish and spaghetti, and the rest is history! Sandra became his bride the very next year, and they were married for 29 blessed years. Lloyd was a family man who absolutely loved his family! He enjoyed assisting his family with maintaining their properties. He found joy in spending time with his grandchildren as he and San would host sleepovers for the children. He enjoyed catering to his wife by running her errands or making her laugh as they cracked jokes on each other. Lloyd earned a living as a valued laborer during his lifetime mainly Precious Memories in the custodian, maintenance, and warehouse industries. Some of his employers that he served for many years included Houston Foods, Chicago Tag, European Imports, and Pizza Hut. He also served his church home as a custodian for a period of time and was often called upon as a subcontractor for painting jobs. Have you ever heard a king sing? If you heard Lloyd, well the answer is yes! If you knew him back in the day and encountered him escorting San home on the Blue Line, he was known to bellow out the Winans’ “Time to Make a Change” and would have the train rocking! On a warm summer’s day, if you were walking down Mayfield, you could hear Lloyd’s melodious voice drifting out of the window while he sang “Trade in My Life” or “Sadie”. He could also be heard in the choir at Christian Valley on a Sunday or singing lead in the Men’s Choir on Men’s Day. He was affectionately known as “The Funeral Singer” by his family as he was often called upon to share his gift of song at homegoing celebrations. If you needed help, Lloyd was the man! He could often be found out front ensuring that the block was clean or cutting a neighbor’s grass. He would help set up and clean up for all of the family gatherings, hauling tables and carrying food. He would clean the house for his wife or tidy up downstairs at his mother-in-law’s place. He would come downstairs to help with anything you had to bring out of the car before you could even finish parking! His helping hands and great attitude while doing so will surely be missed! On March 8, 2022, Lloyd went home to be with our Heavenly Father. Left to remember his laugh, his love, and wonderful memories are Lloyd’s loving wife of 29 years, Sandra Burns; children, Carolyn (Robert), Brian, Tashia, Sherell, Jerod, and Ashley; 11 grandchildren, Robert Jr., Lamar, and Journey, who were constantly at his side, Marshaun, Kimya, Brooke, Brielle, Jakai, Miles, Danashia, and Dasia; brothers, Wilbur McGinnis, Virgue Burns (Lillian), Mikeley Burns (Tracy), Gregory Burns, Kerrick Wash, and Daryl Wash; sister, Sonya Burns; uncles, Roosevelt Cook, Dennis Cook, and Robert King; aunts, Lillie Shelton, Laura Cooper, and Carrie Cole; father-in-law, Lee Edward Matlock; mothers-in-law, Linda Cyrus and Delores Matlock; brothers-in-law, Anthony Guest and Edward Cyrus; sister-in-law, Tiffany Cyrus; nieces, Chandrea Guest, Akeiba Guest, Taylor Guest, Sydney Guest, Kaily Guest, Lectoria Burns, and Crystal Chapman; nephews, Blake Guest, Kartier Williams, Kenneth Chapman, Tony Chapman, and Patrick Price; and a host of more nieces, nephews, and cousins, other relatives, and friends who will all miss him dearly!

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