He was born May 16, 1949, in Cape Girardeau, son of Louis Harry Edward and Mildred Duty Burris.
Burris was employed by Agri-Trans Trucking in Cape Girardeau.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.
Survivors include a son, James Burris Jr. of Marshfield, Mo.; three daughters, Sheryl Scantlin of Summersville, Mo., Angela Bolt of Scott City, Christy Bruton of Strafford, Mo.; a sister, Mary Null of Scott City; and 15 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, two sisters and a grandchild.
Friends may call from noon to service time Sunday at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Oran.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the chapel, with the Rev. Mary Null officiating. Burial will be in Union Park Cemetery at Chaffee with full military rites to be conducted.