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Mr. Thomas Reuben Burnside, Jr.

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Thomas Reuben Burnside, Jr., went home to be with the Lord on February 12, 2007.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 15, 2007, at First Presbyterian Church, Augusta, 642 Telfair St., with Dr. George W. Robertson officiating. A graveside service and burial was held at 2 p.m. at Westview Cemetery in Thomson.

He was born in Augusta on April 7, 1938, to Thomas R. Burnside, Sr., and Lois Brand Burnside, formerly of Thomson. Mr. Burnside was educated at University of Georgia where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega, Phi Delta Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa and Gridiron. After earning both his BBA and LLM degrees in 1961, he joined the Georgia Bar and moved to Augusta where he later founded the law firm of Burnside Wall, LLP. He was a member of the Georgia Bar Association (Board of Governors, 1993-present), the Augusta Bar Association (President, 1980), the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (President, 1981), American Board of Trial Advocates, Fellow International Society of Barristers, American Bar Association, the Georgia Bar Foundation (Life Fellow), International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Kiwanis Club of Augusta (Board of Directors), State of Georgia YMCA (Board of Directors). He was former Chairman of the Board of both Westminster Schools, Augusta and Augusta Preparatory Day School, and a founding member of Westlake Country Club. Along with many other awards and achievements, Mr. Burnside received the Tradition of Excellence Award from the State Bar of Georgia in 1990 and was listed in the Best Lawyers of America from 1993 until the time of is death.

He is survived by his loving wife, Dianne McGill Burnside; his daughter, Jenny B. Davison and her husband, Bill; his son, Thomas R. Burnside, III, and his wife, Donna; his daughter, Laurie Elizabeth "Beth" Burnside; and six grandchildren: Aubrey Burnside, Ben Burnside, Hampton Burnside, Bill Davison, Stephen Davison and Crissie Davison.

Pallbearers were Hon. George H. Carley, Michael S. Barnes, Hon. E. Purnell Davis, Hon. T. Raworth Williamson, Jerry B. Dye, W. Hunter Baggs, Jr., Ross H. Pittman, O. Torbitt Ivey, Jr., Michael L. Philpot, Timothy F. Maund, Jack W. Wilson, Dr. Joseph W. Tollison and Peter L. Banks.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Augusta Bar Association.

For those desiring, memorials may be made to Lynndale, Inc. 1490 Eisenhower Dr. Augusta, Ga. 30904.

Platt's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Web posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007

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