Helen Sarah Lee Burney, 66, of Blackshear, passed away Tuesday afternoon, May 21, 2019, at the Hospice Satilla Hospice House.

Born in Blackshear, November 28, 1952, she had lived in Ware and Pierce Counties most of her life.  She was a 1970 graduate of Blackshear High School and had worked for Waycross Molded Products for over 20 years before becoming a homemaker. She was a “Nannie” to not only her grandchildren but also to many other children. She was also known by many as “Ma”.  She loved to cook but fishing was probably her favorite thing to do when she felt like it. 

She always had a kind and giving heart and was a person anyone could go to for comfort. She was of the Baptist faith.

She was a daughter of the late Noah Albert and Lizzie Inez Dowling Lee. She was also preceded in death by several brothers and sisters and their spouses, Louise (Donald) James, Arland Lee, Hayden (Glenda) Lee, Wynelle (Gene) Groover, Tommy Lee, Gary Lee and Darrell Lee.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, James “Buck” Burney Sr., Blackshear; a son and daughter-in-law, James “Jamie”, Jr. and Teresa Burney, Blackshear; a daughter and son-in-law, Sherrie and Randy Godwin, Patterson; two sisters, Patricia Mejia, Blackshear and Glenda (W. D.) Inman, Valdosta; a brother, Raynell (Berniece) Lee, Waycross; a sister-in-law, Vernelle Lee, Waycross; nine grandchildren, James R. (Kim) Chancey, James M. Burney, Casey Burney, Harley Godwin (Eric) Griner, Jamie D. “Rooster” Burney, Matthew Burney, Caitlin Burney, Dannie Godwin and Scarlett Waters; 13 great-grandchildren, Andrew Vine, Spencer Vine, Addisyn Griner, Kamden Rockette, Jack Chancey, Tristan Burney, June Chancey, Braxton Griner, Aysia Smith, Jamie D. Burney, Jr., Liela Burney, Wade Cottingham and Mayleigh Burney and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

The family will have a visitation from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at the funeral home.

Memorialization will be by cremation.      

Memorials may be made to St. Jude, www.stjude.org.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at www.pearsondial.com.

Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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