An 8-year-old North Floyd boy will be remembered Saturday in memorial services scheduled for West Rome Baptist Church.
Daniel Joseph Burnham Jr. died in an ATV accident on June 3, according to the Floyd County Coroner’s Office. The death was listed as accidental.
In his obituary (below), Daniel’s family says he died “doing something he loved.”
Daniel was the third person to die from ATV injuries in just over two months in Northwest Georgia. Another Floyd accident involved a 23-year-old Cave Spring outdoors enthusiast. A Rockmart teen died in a March ATV accident as well.
Daniel Joseph Burnham Jr. of Rome, Georgia, passed away Thursday June 3, 2021, doing something he loved.
The best word to describe Joseph is “Big”. His heart was so big, he played big, and he took up a big space in our world. He was a giant. Friend to the underdog, defender of the weak. A rough and tumble boy who was so sweet and shy it made you wonder how the two personalities could live in the same body. He was everything we could have asked for in a son and so much more to everyone else. He leaves a big hole in our hearts.
He is survived by his parents Danny and Jessica Burnham, sister Ayla, brother Flint, and would be joined by a new brother Benjamin in December; paternal grandparents, Cliff and Lynn Burnham; maternal grandparents, Marshall and Amy Rice; uncles and aunts, Sam Burnham, Matt and Candice Burnham, Drew “nuncadew” Burnham, John Marshall Rice, and Brittany Rice; first cousins, Jace Burnham, Cason Burnham, Tate Burnham, Aiden Rice, Jamie Rice, Ian Dean, and Luke Ventura.
He was a member of Trail LIfe troop 0110 in the “Hawk” patrol and held a gray/white belt in Brazilian Jiu JItsu. He was an adventurous boy. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and hiking, climbing trees, rocks, mountains, etc. and riding anything with wheels. The faster the better. A daredevil from the very beginning, he lived life to the fullest and squeezed a lot of living into his 8 years with us. More importantly he loved people. He never wanted to see anyone upset or hurt, and if he had two of something, one of them was yours. He wanted to right wrongs, and care for people who couldn’t care for themselves. He talked to listeners and listened to talkers. He was a proud brother who always wanted to take care of his little brother, and to be a good sidekick for his big sister.
Most importantly he was growing in his faith in God, and it is Him we thank for the time we had with him.
In lieu of flowers we ask that donations be made to Trail Life Troop 0110 care of Pleasant Valley North Baptist Church, 735 Old Summerville Rd. Rome, Ga. 30165, checks designated to Trail Life in Memory of Joseph Burnham
Visitation is scheduled for 1 until 2:45 p.m. Saturday, June 12, 2021, at West Rome Baptist Church. Services will follow at 3 p.m. at the church.
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.