James R. “Pedro” Burson

March 10, 1925-Dec. 29, 2001

HERMISTON — James R. “Pedro” Burson died Dec. 29, at his home in Hermiston at the age of 76.

He was born on March 10, 1925, in Jefferson County, Georgia, to Roy and Bonnie Evans Burson. He was raised in the Gainesville, Ga., area. He then joined the United States Army and served during World War II.

He then traveled throughout the United States where he worked in construction as a carpenter.

He married Martha Alexander on July 21, 1955, in Tucker, Ga. They moved to the Yakima, Wash., area in 1968 where he continued to work in construction. He retired in 1987.

They divorced in 1993 and James moved to Hermiston in 1994 where he has lived since.

He enjoyed church, Bible study, traveling and gambling.

James is survived by his ex-wife, Martha L. Burson of Yakima, Wash.; daughters, Pamela Y. Burson of Anchorage, Alaska, Therissa A. Carmichael of Yakima, Wash., and Bonnie F. Burson of Cowiche, Wash.; sister, Geneva E. Jones of Conyers, Ga.; seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Inez Coggins.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Disposition was by cremation.

Those who wish may make contributions to the American Cancer Society at 7325 W. Deschutes Ave., Suite A, Kennewick, Wash., 99336. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of the arrangements.

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