Rex William Burns

Rex William Burns
Rex William Burns

Rex William Burns, 71, of Amarillo, Texas passed away on November 19, 2020.

Services will be at 1:00 P.M., Monday, November 23, 2020, in the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel, 2800 Paramount Blvd., with Donald Hill officiating. Burial will be at Llano Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, Amarillo.

Rex was born on December 7, 1948, in Amarillo, Texas. He grew up in Amarillo, Texas, and graduated from Amarillo High School.

Rex met the love of his life, Sherrel Francies, while in the 7th grade at River Road School. They were married on June 20, 1968, in Amarillo, Texas.

Rex was a loving father and very proud of his two sons and their families. He loved Jesus and never missed an opportunity to share his faith. He fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith.

In 1995, he and Sherrel formed Deep Water Ministries and dedicated their lives to telling others about Jesus. They traveled and ministered in many foreign countries including Russia, Africa, Australia, and Mexico, as well as in the United States. He had a special heart for their Mexican ministry. They also had an active prison ministry in several Texas prisons. He taught Sunday School for many years at Pleasant Valley Methodist Church. He was also very involved in the Golden Spread Emmaus community. He was a member of Trinity Fellowship Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sherrel Burns.

Survivors include his two sons, William ”Billy” Burns and wife Heather of Goodnight, Texas, and Ryan Burns and wife Shea of Canadian, Texas; one sister, Helen Griffith of Walkertown, North Carolina; a brother in Christ, Frank Alvarez of Amarillo, Texas; two grandchildren, Meagan Burns of Canadian, Texas, and Hayden Hill and wife Kelsie of Hereford, Texas; one great-granddaughter, Ryleigh Givens of Canadian, Texas; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be to:

Frank Alvarez Ministries

The River Ministries, Canadian, Texas

10690 Osage Street

Amarillo, Texas 79118

10 Replies to “Rex William Burns”

  1. I worked with Rex on severally Emmaus and Chrysalis walks- to say Rex was a man after God’s own heart is an understatement. Rex was a good Godly man. Blessings and comfort to his family.

  2. Rex and Sherrel Burns was by far the best. dedicated couple to the Lord that I have ever encountered. I worked prison ministry with them for about 4 years we had some exciting times. I will always remember them fondly, I never will forget that Rex told me, that God had told him that He would send someone to teach him to preach, but God did not tell him that He was sending a black woman, we both got a real laugh out of that. RIP Rex you are now with Sherrel, and I know that makes you happy! Love you and Deep Water Ministry.

  3. Rex will surly be welcomed as a faithful servant of the Lord. I pray healing for the family and full knowledge of the work he did for Christ. May God bless you all.

  4. What a tremendous man of God!! Billy and Ryan, we are so sorry for your loss but what a blessing knowing that he is home with his Lord and Sherrel! What an amazing servant of the kingdom!! We were so blessed to minister with them and see the Lord do amazing things in all our lives ! Rex and Sherrel were my kids hero’s …. we loved them both ! Our thoughts and prayers for you all …. we love you… Kay & Mokey

  5. When I get to Heaven, if Jesus can find it in His heart to say, “Well done good and faithful servant” I would love to see Rex standing there beside Him, smiling just like he is in this picture. Before he was a bold missionary who traveled the world, he was my Sunday School teacher. When I was as lost and as discouraged as I’ve ever been, he and some others in that group At Pleasant Valley UMC picked me up, dusted me off, and loved me like Jesus. I will be eternally grateful, and do mean eternally. A lot of people will be in Heaven because Rex loved Jesus and wasn’t afraid to say so.

  6. I know you boys will miss your Dad! I loved your mother like one of my girls since we lived next door to your grandparents. Of course John and Joe were brothers! Love and sympathy to Billie Rex and Ryan and their families.

  7. I was always inspired by Rex. No one lived Jesus or people more. While traveling to Kentucky to see Johns and Russell I went through OklCity. That was the week of the bombing. I stopped long enough to see the damage. And who did I run. Into Rex. Sharing Jesus on a street corner. He was always one of my favorite people. You boys are very special

    Gary Boles

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