Fallen Hero: SSG(Ret) Burlon Ray Roney


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Memory Chapel Funeral Home

3100 Audubon Drive Laurel, MS


1-1:45 p.m. Friday, September 17, 2021 at Memory Chapel Funeral Home


2 p.m. Friday, September 17, 2021, graveside service  at Lake Park Hills Cemetery


Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation. 

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on September 11, 2021, and moved on to his heavenly home.  SSG(Ret) Burlon Ray Roney, age 81, a retired member of the MS Army National Guard who had served within the Navy and Co B (Maint), 106th Support Battalion, 155th Armored Brigade in the Taylorsville unit, has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life.  We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed:  “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service.  We thank you for your service.  Without your efforts and your families’ support, this country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done.  Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.


Burlon Ray Roney, age 81, passed away on September 11, 2021 at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Collins, Mississippi. Burlon was born on August 29, 1940 to Alfred Govy Roney and Juanita Sumrall Roney.

Burlon was preceded in death by his father, Alfred Roney; his mother, Juanita Sumrall Roney; his sister, Helen Miller (James); and his son, Kelvin Ray Roney.

Burlon is survived by his brothers, Alfred Roney and J. Brelon Roney (Christa); his daughter, Kathy Roney Nunnery (Robert); his son, William Douglas Roney; his grandchildren, Katelyn Roney, Justin Roney, Lenzi Roney, Jacob Roney, Weston Nunnery and Waylon Nunnery; his great grandchildren, DJ Ducksworth, Arionna Ducksworth, Nevaeh Ducksworth, and Lizzy Dean.

Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. Friday, September 17, 2021 at Memory Chapel Funeral Home with a graveside service to follow at 2:00 p.m. at Lake Park Hills Cemetery. Bro. John Musgrove will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Salem Heights Baptist Church.