Earl Gibson III/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Lonnie Bunch III’s passion for history began in Bellevue, N.J., when his sharecropper-turned-dentist grandfather would read stories to him of African American school children from the 1800s with photo captions that read “unidentified.”He said his grandfather once turned to him and said, “‘Isn’t it a shame that they could live their lives, die, and all the caption said was, ‘unidentified?’ And that just really hit me.”America’s narrative is captured in thousands of sepia-toned and black-and-white images, artifacts, stories and songs. And the people behind that creation matter — remembered in small print captions that illustrate moments in history.But for marginalized communities, the names simply aren’t always there, an erasure of memory and of history.This simple fact struck Bunch as he began to take notice within his own town and elementary school that some people would treat him differently based on the color of his skin, and he wanted to understand why.“I saw that if I understood the history first of this town and then of America I might understand a little better about issues of race,” Bunch said.Bunch, the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, has spent over 35 years in the museum world telling stories that he said helps people “wrestle with the unvarnished truth.” His groundbreaking approach to storytelling will expand as he becomes the first African American secretary of the Smithsonian, overseeing 19 museums, 21 libraries, a budget of $1.5 billion, a staff of 6,800 and a collection of over 150 million objects.“I think it’s important for us to recognize that from history we’re going to help America understand its diversity and understand itself better by looking at the array of people who’ve made up this country,” Bunch said.While Bunch has been a history fanatic since around the age of 5, he said that ending up working at the Smithsonian in 1978 was somewhat of a “mistake.”He was near the end of graduate school and was talking to a fellow classmate about how he, like many graduating students, needed a job. He said his classmate recommended that Bunch go talk to her husband who worked at the Smithsonian.“And I remember thinking, ‘Who works at the Smithsonian? That’s where you take dates because it’s free,’” Bunch said, through laughter. And that’s how his career began.He started at the National Air and Space Museum as a historian, and it is here where he said he fell in love with museums as a place of education, communication and where different generations and groups of people can come together.“In some ways, a good museum is like a backyard barbecue,” Bunch said. “Somebody will say something, and then somebody goes in a different direction and then ultimately the conversation goes on to a place nobody anticipated.”He then went on to hold a number of positions at the National Museum of American History, including the role of associate director for curatorial affairs.Bunch is most known for is his role in directing the creation of the National Museum of African American History and Culture — an effort that began in 2005.The road to opening the museum was not an easy one, according to Bunch. The title of his upcoming book, A Fool’s Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture during the Age of Bush, Obama and Trump, says it all.One of the first challenges he faced was building a collection, as he is a believer that if you “didn’t have the stuff of history you’d fail.”He said the idea for how to curate that collection came to him one day after falling asleep in his chair and waking up to an episode of Antiques Roadshow on PBS.“I’d never heard of it and I thought, ‘What a great idea,’” Bunch said. “So we stole the idea of Antiques Roadshow and we went around the country and asked people to bring out their stuff.”By the time Bunch and his team were done traveling across the country, he said they came back to Washington with more than 40,000 objects, of which 70 percent came out of the basements, trucks and attics of peoples homes.Another hurdle Bunch and his team had to overcome was securing the financing for the museum.Kinshasha Holman Conwill, deputy director for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, worked alongside Bunch during the decade-long process of creating the museum and said it was his incredible storytelling ability to “make objects come alive” that played such a pivotal role in his fundraising efforts.“One of the things that struck me early was that part of his charisma and power as a fundraiser and as a leader was his ability to take a story and to weave it into a way that would help people see how they fit in,” Conwill said.During the 11 years prior to its opening, he was able to secure critical federal funding of $270 million and private donations of $317 million to ensure its future, according to the Smithsonian.The historical and symbolic importance of his appointment as the first African American secretary is not lost upon Bunch. He said he’s spent his career trying “to help America by using history to confront its tortured racial past” and believes that “maybe by looking honestly at the past we might be able to find some reconciliation and hope.”“In essence, it should, as I’ve tried to do my whole career, open other doors,” Bunch said. “Encourage other people, challenge places to recognize that they are better when they let a diversity of people help shape an institution.”Working at the Smithsonian has provided more than just a career for Bunch. It is also the place where he found love.Bunch met his wife, Maria Marable-Bunch, during his time as a young educator and historian at the National Air and Space Museum and while she was finishing her master’s degree in museum education. They now have two daughters who, he said, grew up as “Smithsonian kids.”“We’ve had this amazing partnership where I always say she’s the person that really understands museums, and I’m just a historian hanging out,” Bunch said. “So, ultimately, I would say that the Smithsonian shaped almost everything about me, my career, my family.”Marable-Bunch is currently the associate director of museum learning and programs at the National Museum of the American Indian.Bunch will start his new role as secretary of the Smithsonian on Monday and while he said that he is overwhelmingly excited and humbled to enter in his new role, he knows that he is set to face a number of political and financial challenges.One of those challenges is the Smithsonian’s long history with the Sackler family.Currently, the Smithsonian is home to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery which features Asian art from ancient times to present. Earlier this year, a federal lawsuit was filed by 600 cities, counties and Native American tribes against eight of Sackler’s relatives, including the descendants of his younger brothers, Mortimer and Raymond Sackler. Those two brothers founded the pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma, which produced the now-infamous painkiller drug, OxyContin. Neither Arthur Sackler nor any of his descendants are named in the federal lawsuit.In a statement to ABC News, Purdue Pharma said: “The company is committed to working with all parties toward a resolution that helps bring needed solutions to communities and states to address this public health crisis. We continue to work collaboratively within the MDL process outlined by Judge Polster.”The museum has received blow-back and even protests for their relationship with the Sacklers. Some have called for the Smithsonian to take the family name off of their museum and to return all donations from the family.“The criticism the Smithsonian is receiving is not fair,” said Jan Wooten, a spokeswoman for the family of Arthur Sackler. She said that Sackler, a psychiatrist and a pioneer of pharmaceutical marketing including Valium, had no direct involvement with OxyContin or Purdue Pharma.Arthur Sackler donated 1,000 works and $4 million to the Smithsonian years before OxyContin was launched, Wooten added. The museum has received roughly $7.5 million from various Sackler family members since the museum opened.Bunch said the Smithsonian looks at these issues “case by case … so that’s something I’ll look at as we move forward,” Bunch said.The Smithsonian has also struggled to keep with technological advances, an issue that Bunch said will be a focus during his tenure as the 14th secretary of the museum.“We want to be able to really use technology to find the right tension between tradition and innovation,” Bunch said. “We want to make sure that there is a kind of virtual Smithsonian that would allow people who would never get to Washington to access it.”While the road might be bumpy ahead during this transition for Bunch, he said that he is most excited to bring his deep love for the museum into his leadership of the world’s largest museum complex.“I can bring that sense of love, maybe sometimes tough love, to help the institution continue to be what it should be,” Bunch said. “As an educational institution, the Smithsonian is part of the glue that holds the country together.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. 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rclassenlayouts/iStock(BUFFALO, N.Y.) — Bishop Richard Malone, the scandal-plagued spiritual leader of the Diocese of Buffalo, has resigned in the wake of widespread criticism of his handling of allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct by local clergy members. His departure, announced via press release by the Vatican on Wednesday morning, follows a report on the troubled diocese authorized by the Holy See and submitted to the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops in November. “The Holy Father accepted the renunciation of the pastoral government of the diocese of Buffalo (U.S.A.), presented by S.E. Mons. Richard J. Malone,” reads the announcement when translated from from Italian, “and appointed Apostolic Administrator vacant seat of the same diocese S.E. Mons. Edward B. Scharfenberger, Bishop of Albany.” Malone is the first bishop in the 172-year history of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo to resign from office. In a statement released after the Vatican’s announcement, Malone acknowledged that his position had become untenable but continued to defend his legacy. “Despite the measurable progress we have achieved together, I have concluded after much prayer and discernment that the spiritual welfare of the people of the Diocese of Buffalo will be better served by a new bishop who perhaps is better able to bring about the reconciliation, healing and renewal that is so needed,” Malone said in the statement. “As such, I requested of His Holiness Pope Francis that he permit me to retire early, and he agreed to do so. … It is my honest assessment that I have accomplished as much as I am able to, and that there remain divisions and wounds that I am unable to bind and heal.” He insisted that while he “was made aware of the general conclusions of the report” to the Vatican, “my decision to retire early was made freely and voluntarily.”Scharfenberger will take over the diocese immediately as a temporary administrator while the Vatican searches for a permanent replacement. The Diocese of Buffalo has been in a state of crisis since last year, when Siobhan O’Connor, Malone’s former personal secretary, leaked internal church documents to investigative reporter Charlie Specht from ABC’s local station WKBW-TV, sparking months of reporting about whether there had been efforts to conceal the extent of the problem from the public. In an interview with ABC News that aired as a special edition of Nightline in July, Malone defended his leadership, including his decision to allow Fr. Dennis Riter, a local pastor who has faced multiple allegations of sexual abuse of children, to return to ministry after a lawyer hired by the church to investigate the matter concluded the allegations had “no merit.” “I feel that in the almost 20 years I have been a bishop, I’ve tried hard to be a good shepherd,” Malone told ABC News, arguing that he had “inherited a decades old horrific problem of abuse.” But the crisis only deepened in September with the emergence of secret audio recordings, made by Malone’s then-secretary and diocesan vice chancellor Fr. Ryszard Biernat and obtained by both WKBW and ABC News. The recordings suggest Malone sought to conceal allegations that an active priest had sexually harassed a then-seminarian, even though Malone can be heard on the tapes describing the accused priest as “a sick puppy” and calling his alleged penchant for manipulation and retaliation “dangerous.” Despite the ensuing public outrage and growing calls for his ouster from both religious and civic leaders, Malone initially appeared steadfast in his refusal to resign, suggesting the absence of action from the Vatican constituted an implicit endorsement of his leadership. “They say the pope frequently picks up the phone and calls people around the world, but I have not been the recipient of one of these calls,” Malone said during an emergency briefing with a hand-picked group of reporters following the publication of the recordings. “I’ve had no communications from the pope at all.” “I know for sure they’re not unaware of all the news around here,” he continued. “But so far apparently I like to think they are trusting in my goodwill and my intention and my capacity working with other people to lead us further.” That changed in October, when the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C., the Vatican’s U.S. representative, announced that its office had authorized Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Diocese of Brooklyn to conduct an “Apostolic Visitation,” described as “a fact-finding mission which reports directly to the Holy See … to evaluate situations in dioceses.” Following the announcement of Malone’s resignation on Wednesday, DiMarzio released a statement on his review, saying that his team spoke with “more than 80 people over a period of several weeks” but giving no indication of whether or when its conclusions might be made public. “What I found are many deeply devoted Catholics who love their Church,” DiMarzio said in a statement. “I pray this moment of suffering and pain will lead to a birth of new faith. With the appointment of the Most Reverend Edward Scharfenberger, Bishop of Albany, to oversee the Buffalo Diocese, I am confident that Buffalo Catholics are in good hands. I hope that now Catholics in Buffalo can begin the process of moving forward, healing, and helping the diocese in all of its ministries.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
The African American Studies Program at the College ofCharleston invites applications for a two-year Visiting AssistantProfessor position with a start date of August 16, 2021. The idealcandidate will hold a Ph.D. in African American Studies or adiscipline in the humanities or social sciences, but mustdemonstrate expertise in African American or Black Studies.Research and teaching interests are open; however, preference willbe given to the following subfields of theory and Black politicalthought: critical race theory, Black queer studies, Black feministthought, the Black radical tradition, post-colonial theory, andAfrican American political thought. The candidate must have arecord of effective teaching and an active research agenda. Thecandidate should be able to teach “Introduction to African AmericanStudies” and upper-level courses in African American Studies. Theposition carries a 4/4 teaching load; Ph.D. must be conferred byAugust 1, 2021. Review of applications will begin May 1, 2021 andwill continue until the position is filled.The College of Charleston is a public, liberal arts and sciencesinstitution with approximately 10,000 undergraduate students and1,000 graduate students. The African American Studies Programbefits its unique location and the history of the Lowcountry regionfor African descended people. Working with key institutionalpartnerships, including the Avery Research Center for AfricanAmerican History and Culture, the program in the CarolinaLowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW), and the newly establishedCenter for the Study of Slavery in Charleston (CSSC) as well as 25affiliated faculty, the program offers a successful major and minorin African American Studies. It is uniquely housed in the School ofLanguages, Cultures, and World Affairs.The College is located in historic downtown Charleston in acoastal metropolitan area of 750,000. Additional information aboutthe institution and the surrounding area is available at https://www.cofc.edu/. The College ofCharleston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer anddoes not discriminate against any individual or group on the basisof gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age,race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, geneticinformation, or disability.Applicants should apply online at: https://jobs.cofc.edu/postings/10524Please submit a cover letter outlining teaching interests andphilosophy, a curriculum vita, names and contact information forthree academic references, and graduate transcripts. Please alsoinclude a short writing sample (20 pages maximum) and two samplesyllabi: one for Intro to African American Studies and a second foran upper division course in African American Studies.Questions about the search can be directed to Anthony D. Greene,Chair of the search committee: [email protected] or843-953-1085.
Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. RNL “5 of 5” in Gummersbach – Balingen beat HSV! ShareTweetShareShareEmail Click to comment Related Items:Balingen, essen, hafner, kai haefner, ole rahmel, rahmel, roland schlinger, schlinger, TUSEM Essen Bundesliga (Round 30): Grosswallstadt defeated at home by Neuhausen, relegation nears ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsTuSEM Essen is coming closer to the safety zone which would let them stay in the Bundesliga next season. The 14th or 15th place are a realistic possibility now, as with today’s 30:28 win over HBW Balingen, Essen is now only 3 points off those place. Until the end there are enough rounds to win one of those place, should they continue winning.Ole Rahmel scored 7 goals for the hosts, while leading scorers for the visitors were Kai Haefner and Roland Schlinger. Recommended for you German Cup (2nd Round): Hannover-Burgdorf knocks out HSV Hamburg!
(Photo supplied/Indiana State Police) A Granger man was arrested for having nearly three and a half pounds of marijuana in his car during a traffic stop on the Indiana Toll Road.The arrest happened around 1:15 a.m. on Friday, July 19 when an Indiana State Polcie Trooper stopped a black 2011 Camry for a moving violation on the westbound Indiana Toll Road near the 94 mile marker.While the trooper was speaking to the driver, Matthew Luger, 23 of Granger, investigators say he discovered a small glass jar containing suspected marijuana.A subsequent search of the Camry revealed nearly three and a half pounds of suspected marijuana in several clear plastic bags as well as paraphernalia.Luger was arrested and taken to the Elkhart County Jail for preliminary charges of dealing marijuana, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia. Facebook Google+ WhatsApp By Tommie Lee – July 19, 2019 0 321 Facebook Pinterest Twitter Police: Granger man jailed after being found with 3+ pounds of pot IndianaLocalNews Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Previous articleLaPorte County pays $132,000 in computer attack ransomNext article2020 Census looking to hire Hoosiers for temporary jobs Tommie Lee
Fact File A journey By Tony Blair(736 pages) Hutchinson, €30Beyond the crash: overcoming the first crisis of globalisation By Gordon Brown(336 pages) Simon & Schuster, €26The third man: life at the heart of New Labour By Peter Mandelson (566 pages) Harper Press, €30 In the early 1990s, three very able centre-left politicians in the United Kingdom helped to propel the Labour party from a series of electoral disasters to, in 1997, one of the most comprehensive victories in British political history. All three, former prime minister Tony Blair, his successor Gordon Brown, and former European commissioner for trade Peter Mandelson, have in recent months come out with books about their years in the political limelight. What none of them can quite admit, however, is what a poisonous legacy they have left behind, not just to the new Conservative-led government of David Cameron, but especially to Ed Miliband, whom the Labour party chose as its leader after the electoral defeat of last year. The callow Miliband (not to be confused with his impressive brother David) is the interim figure that Labour’s trade union paymasters decided should ‘lead’ the party until they can shunt Ed Balls, just as bourgeois but a much harder nut, into the job. Which is odd, because alongside Brown, Balls was the principal architect of Britain’s boom-and-bust economy. So he should be held partially responsible for the new government’s swingeing budget cuts that are destined to hit union members so hard, particularly in the public sector. Unless you are a political anorak who loves to wallow in intrigues and personal rivalries, or you are gullible enough to swallow self-serving recollections whole, then only one of these books is worth reading. Sadly, it is Blair’s memoir. Sadly, because, when you put it down, it is hard not to resist a feeling of loss for what might have been. “A journey”, Blair’s account of the era that the three politicians defined just as much as Margaret Thatcher did the 1980s, is compelling. Alternatively thought-provoking, humorous and, above all, candid, Blair deals with both the sweep of history and the implications of the rivalries that fatally weakened his administration and which, he admits, prevented him, for better or for worse, from reshaping the country as radically as he wished. He emerges as a tragic figure, hugely talented yet forever tainted by the bloodshed in Iraq and now a marginal ‘statesman-at-large’, only without the touch of nobility attached to the likes of former US President Jimmy Carter. But how did so talented a leader accomplish so little and leave behind such wreckage? If only Blair had fired Brown as his finance minister (chancellor) instead of tolerating the activities of what was in fact the treacherous ‘fifth column’ within his government, sapping its purpose. The insurgency was led, of course, by Brown, a man who was once not only Blair’s closest collaborator but also someone with whom he shared the “intimacy” (Blair’s word) of a deep personal friendship. What turned Brown, who, according to Blair’s account, was at times warm, clever and fun to be with, into the sulking, brooding, destructive neighbour from hell in 11 Downing Street? “Determined, vengeful, verging on wicked” is Blair’s description of one attack launched by the Brown camp on him as prime minister. Blair defends himself against the charge that it was “lack of courage” that held him back from sacking Brown. Instead, he believed (wrongly), that Brown was “the best chancellor for the country”. And if only Blair had distanced himself from George W. Bush, the US president whose reckless invasion of Iraq in 2003, and no less reckless economic policies, have so weakened the transatlantic democracies. But it was not to be. Blair himself indirectly concedes that there is a messianic streak in his character, which meant that he shared not only Bush’s analysis of the threat from rogue states such as Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and from stateless terrorists, but also the view that Britain and the US urgently needed to do something about it. Slight and self-serving The rival or complementary contributions of Mandelson and Brown are both slight and self-serving in their different ways. Mandelson’s book, “The third man”, is full of what he himself liked to dismiss as “tittle tattle” when talking about the work of other authors. A formidable intellect and strategic thinker, admired by his staff in Brussels and London, he portrays himself as the eminence grise (more a Svengali, his critics would say), the arch-manipulator who was the real architect of the resurgence of the Labour party in the early 1990s. So half his book deals with the years before the 1997 election victory. Half of the remainder focuses on his brief return to high office. In 2007, Brown, then prime minister, called on Mandelson, a man whose career, according to Blair, Brown had tried earlier to destroy, and asked for help to save his floundering government. Mandelson failed. But that, of course, was Brown’s fault, Mandelson makes clear. Of the world stage on which he strutted, there is little, although we learn that Bush nicknamed him “Silver Tongue”. Brown’s is a cheerless and dull book. He reprises, at length, his self-justificatory assessment of how he, in a Freudian slip, could claim to have “saved the world” economy in the wake of the bankruptcy of the American investment bank Lehman Brothers in September 2008. He omits to mention that it was his self-aggrandising economic policies and his embrace of ‘light-touch’ regulation of financial markets in London that helped to lay the foundations for the transatlantic financial crisis and the recession that we are still battling to overcome. Lacking self-awareness, he does not see that his closeness to, inter alia, investment bankers Goldman Sachs’ top economists (his long-standing top aide Sue Nye was married to one) helped to blind him to the excesses of the 2004-07 period and undermines his disingenuous claims to have been at the forefront of efforts to reform the global financial system. As for his recipe for the future, the narrowness of its vision is stunning, and explains why he failed as a prime minister. One top official who dealt regularly with him now dismisses this thin volume as the longest application for a top international job he has read in years.Stewart Fleming is a freelance journalist based in London.
After successfully launching Sensation USA with two sold out shows at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center last year headlined by Fedde Le Grand, the event will return to the United States for an extended tour this fall, hitting Miami, San Francisco, and Las Vegas in addition to Brooklyn. Sensation promises top notch talent in addition to over the top theatrics, creating a one of a kind experience that has seen over 80 events world wide.Sensation also revealed they have begun accepting applications for ‘Club Members’, who will receive pre-sale access and exclusive updates from Sensation. All you have to do is sign up, here.You can also watch the preview video below: Recap From Last Year:
71727Ruben GarciaToyota0Running 132255Will RodgersFord0Running 464Chase CabreToyota2Running 9729Kaz GralaChevrolet14Running Anthony Alfredo won the eNASCAR iRacing Saturday Night Thunder 125-lap race at virtual Dover International Speedway.Alfredo took the lead for the final time from Alex Labbe coming to six laps to go and went on to take the checkered flag.Alfredo, a 21-year-old driver for Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, led 15 of the 125 laps in the main event. It was the first Saturday Night Thunder win for the driver known as “Fast Pasta” after scoring two top 10s in the previous three races.“To win one is definitely huge,” Alfredo said. “It felt like real life to me as far as the meaning of it and how hard it was, the intensity, the emotions.”iRacingAlfredo, who credits Coca-Cola iRacing Series drivers Jimmy Mullis and Zack Novak with helping him, now has a 9.8 average finish in the four races. Last Saturday at Talladega, Alfredo led six laps and was in contention for the win when he was turned at the start-finish line as the field took the white flag.“I have learned so much about iRacing from them,” Alfredo said. “It’s so cool that NASCAR and iRacing have put these events on for us drivers to have fun and learn something for when we go back racing.”The No. 33 Chevrolet that Alfredo drove at Dover sported a special paint scheme honoring late Air Force crew chief Wally Yocum.Labbe, who was the first among the top finishers to make the final pit stop on Lap 77, finished second after leading 14 laps.“It was pretty intense,” Labbe said about his late battle with Alfredo. “I tried a little different strategy with tires a little earlier than everybody.”Raphael Lessard, Chase Cabre and last week’s winner Landon Huffman rounded out the top five.Brett Moffitt started 26th after winning the second Last Chance Qualifier and finished sixth.Ruben Garcia, Ryan Truex, Kaz Grala and Donny Lia completed the top 10. Lia led the opening 78 laps, but fell a lap down when he was caught speeding exiting the pits after his stop on Lap 79.Race results 11218Jeb BurtonChevrolet0Running 3504Raphael LessardToyota2Running 161844Tommy Joe MartinsChevrolet0Disconnected 182474Bayley CurreyChevrolet0Running 15225Stephen LeichtToyota0Running 171619Derek KrausToyota0Disconnected 2490Alex LabbeChevrolet14Running 122521Sam MayerChevrolet0Running 141498Chase BriscoeFord0Running 252026Tyler AnkrumChevrolet0Disconnected 1933Anthony AlfredoChevrolet15Running 62623Brett MoffittChevrolet0Running 23133Drew HerringToyota0Disconnected 221088Josh BerryChevrolet0Disconnected FinStrCarDriverMfrLedStatus 261951Ryan VargasChevrolet0Disconnected 21159Noah GragsonChevrolet0Disconnected 241238Todd GillilandFord0Disconnected 201181Christian EckesToyota0Disconnected 82340Ryan TruexChevrolet0Running 19845Ty MajeskiChevrolet0Disconnected 5375Landon HuffmanChevrolet0Running 10107Donny LiaToyota78Running
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Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com. Carl Burns, 82, of Nederland, died Thursday, November 3, 2016. He was born on October 9, 1934, in Deanville, Texas, to Addie Lee Collins Burns and James Thomas Burns.Carl graduated from Nederland High School in 1953. He retired from Ameripol-Synpol after thirty-seven years of service as an operator. Carl enjoyed traveling, playing cards, and working in his yard. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, 3743 Port Neches. A gathering of Mr. Burns’ family and friends will begin at 1:00 p.m., with his memorial service to follow at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 6, 2016, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont. Survivors include his wife of sixty-two years, Myra Burns, of Nederland; sons, David Burns and his wife, Gina, of Katy and Ronnie Burns and his wife, Lisa, of Houston; grandchildren, Jeff Burns and his wife, Julie, Amy Wallace and her husband, Mark, Mathew Burns, and Emily Burns; great-grandchildren, Jack, Lila, Addie, and Calvin; and sisters, Mildred Lasyon of Nederland and Hulene Chevalier and her husband, Eddie, of Beaumont.He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ollie, Howard, J.T., and Joe Burns; and sisters, Bessie Johnson and Lola Garner.