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James (Jimbo) Burroughs

James (Jimbo) Burroughs, 65, of Hollywood, passed away peacefully at Medstar St. Mary’s, with his loving family by his side, after a brief, hard fought battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis.

He was born in Leonardtown on August 24, 1955 to Richard and Bessie Burroughs. The 5th of 9 children, he grew up surrounded by love and family, instilling values in him that he carried forever. He married the love of his life, Debbie Guy Burroughs, on October 28, 1976. Together they celebrated 44 years of marriage, raising 3 beautiful daughters and building the foundation on which their family has grown.

After graduating Chopticon High School in 1973, he began working in Washington DC for the Architect of the Capitol. He enjoyed working there for many years before beginning as an Aircraft Worker for DynCorp. He worked at Force Warfare (VX-20) at NAS Patuxent River, quickly moving up to the position of Aircraft Mechanic. He left DynCorp after a few years and began working for ManTech. He supported the Presidential Helicopter and Joint Strike Fighter programs in the R&M department before moving to the FireScout Program at Webster Field, where he was still working at the time of his death. He loved his job very much and all the friendships he made there.

Jimbo loved the outdoors. You could always find him hunting, crabbing, fishing, working in his garden or yard, or tending to his goats or chickens (aka the Funny Farm). He spent many, MANY years on the ball field, playing softball (pitcher) for numerous county teams throughout the years. He enjoyed watching hunting shows and horse racing. He loved NASCAR. He was a die-hard Earnhardt, Sr. and Earnhardt, Jr. fan. Most recently, he enjoyed cheering on the young guns like Chase Elliott. He loved the Baltimore Orioles but also enjoyed watching the Washington Nationals, and the Washington Redskins (they will always be the Redskins to him). He really enjoyed watching his grandson play baseball and basketball the most!

Jimbo was one of the good ones. He never met a stranger and anyone he met was instantly a friend. He loved unconditionally and was one of the most selfless, humble people you will ever meet. Family was most important to him. That was obvious the moment you met him because his family was always the center of conversations. His grandchildren were the apple of his eye and they could do no wrong! He was Poppy to not only his grandchildren, but to all little kids who had the pleasure of knowing him. He always had a huge smile on his face and a big hug for everyone. He most enjoyed hanging out in his garage with family and friends talking, laughing, and making memories we will hold onto forever. He loved music, all genres, but mostly bluegrass.

He is survived by his loving wife, Debbie; daughters Kim Sterbenz (Ken), Stephanie Souders (Nick), and Angel Higgs (Andrew); grandchildren Matthew Sterbenz, Karleigh Tuemler, Patrick Souders, Victoria Tuemler, Savannah Souders, Kenley Sterbenz and Keegan Sterbenz; sisters Margie Rickerson (Keith), Linda Ann Sievers (Bill), Debbie Adkins (Danny); brothers Roger “Guts” Burroughs (Debbie), Charlie Burroughs; and sister-in-law Linda Burroughs; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends who love him very much. He was predeceased by his parents, daughter Leighann Tuemler, sister Jean Burroughs, and brothers Junior Burroughs and Phillip Burroughs.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Ricky Norris, Tom Guy, Guts Burroughs, Ryan Dean, Kevin Buckler, Bradley Guy, Nick Souders, and Ken Sterbenz. Honorary pallbearers will be: Buster Dean, Charlie Burroughs, Bill Sievers, Danny Adkins, Keith Rickerson, his precious grandchildren, and all his nephews.

Family will receive friends for James (Jimbo’s) Life Celebration on Friday, January 8, 2021 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., with prayers recited at 6:00 p.m., at Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Interment is private.

In lieu of flowers, you may make donations to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500, Chicago, Illinois 60611, www.pulminaryfibrosis.org.

Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com.

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