August 1, 1949 ~ December 26, 2020

Born in: Ferriday, LA
Resided in: Arden, NC

Jim Burroughs, a longtime resident of Arden, North Carolina, passed away at his home on Saturday, December 26 at the age of 71.

A native of Ferriday, Louisiana, he was born on August 1, 1949 to the late Mason and Louise Coburn Burroughs.

Jim was a United States Air Force veteran and worked as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) for over 30 years. Jim had a zest for life and many passions throughout his lifetime. He had a knack for turning simple yards into breathtaking landscapes. He enjoyed the beauty of the mountains, especially in the fall when the leaves began turning vibrant colors, and loved showing off the beautiful mountain scenery to his friends and family by taking them to the best hiking trails Western North Carolina has to offer. Jim was an avid LSU and Saints fan. On football nights, you were sure to find him cooking family favorites, such as his delicious Gumbo. Jim and his wife, Dede, shared 28 beautiful years of marriage, and his greatest joy in life was watching his three children grow up into the adults they are today.

Jim is survived by his wife, Deirdre “Dede” Bellelo Burroughs; one daughter, Morgan Alexis Burroughs; two sons, Mason Alexander Burroughs and Coburn Bellelo Burroughs (Caroline); one brother, Ronnie Burroughs as well as several nieces, nephews and other extended family members.

A private Mass of Christian Burial was held at the Basilica of St. Lawrence. A burial followed at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery with military rites conducted by the United States Air Force.

Jim’s family graciously asks that in lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution in his memory to the Acid Maltase Deficiency Association (AMDA) to further the research of Pompe Disease in honor of their daughter, Morgan Burroughs. You may mail in a check to AMDA, PO Box 700248, San Antonio, TX 78270 or if you would like to donate online, please visit

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  1. Robert Smith. Jim was a dear man and a great friend, one of the most determined and enthusiastic human beings I’ve ever met. I will miss him deeply and every time I hike I will see him in the woods.

  2. Joyce Pyatte Pearson
    Jim was a excellent nurse, a wonderful friend someone who treated all as equals. He is greatly missed by those whose lives he touched. I extend my sympathies to his family and pray for comfort and peace for them.

  3. Dede, Coburn, Mason and Morgan, I was so sad to hear of the passing of my longtime friend, Jim! We were at Charity Hospital for Anesthesia school and traveled from Houma to New Orleans together! Our birthdays are one day apart and we always talked at that time. He loved to tease me about being his “old lady friend”! He loved y’all so much. He was so very proud of you all! Dede, you were the love of his life! Please, let’s keep in touch! God give you peace!

  4. Deepest Sympathy on the loss of my dear friend, Jim!! Prayers for his family and beloved wife, DeeDee!! Love Maxie Robichaux, CRNA

  5. We’re so sad to learn of Jim’s passing. We were next door neighbors for many years
    And enjoyed seeing his beautiful children grow and mature. You will be missed, Jim!
    We love and miss you all!

  6. Dede and family, we were so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We wish you peace and strength as you navigate through this sad time. We’ll miss saying hello to Jim as he worked in the yard to keep it so beautiful.


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