Mother Mourns Death of Son in Freezing Weekend Weather


A homeless Macon man named James Leon Burch Jr. died possibly due to freezing weather on Christmas Eve. Read on to know how did James Leon Burch Jr. die, what happened to him, and his digital obituary from his mother Sheila Fowler.

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Sheila revealed that her son was his best friend and he called her every day. When she didn’t receive a call from him on Christmas morning, she suspected that something was wrong, and then she received a call from someone else breaking the tragic news.

Who was James Leon Burch Jr.?

James Leon Burch Jr. was a homeless man from Macon, Georgia. She was the son and best friend of another Macon resident Sheila Fowler. He used to call her mother every day and talked about their lives for a good amount of time.

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More details about James Leon Burch Jr. are unavailable at this time. Our team is trying to gather more information about his personal life. We will update this section when any new detail is found.

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How did James Leon Burch Jr. die?

James Leon Burch died on Sunday, December 25, 2022, on the night of Christmas. When the whole nation was celebrating the festival, James was struggling for his life. He was found dead near 3900 Pio Nono Circle.

The sheriff’s department broke the tragic news of her son’s death to Sheila Fowler. “I did (receive a call) at 11 o’clock from the sheriff’s department. They told me my son was deceased,” Sheila Fowler said.

She also revealed that her son, James Leon Burch Jr., called her on Christmas Eve and said “Mama, I love you.” Sheila was struggling to fight back her tears the whole time when she was remembering her son.

James Leon Burch Jr. dead: What was the cause of his death?

Macon homeless man James Leon Burch Jr. died from the cold this weekend. He suffered from heart disease and passed away just a month before he was about to get a pacemaker to give a new beginning to his life.

“James was almost there. Almost. He was almost there. But the word he kept saying to me was, ‘No, mama. No. I don’t want to come home,” Sheila said while recalling her last conversation with his son.

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Another man named John Ragin died the same way on Cherry Street in downtown Macon.

Several Macon shelters came together last week to expand capacity and accommodate as many homeless people as possible.

Unfortunately, James Leon Burch Jr. couldn’t survive the record-breaking cold weather in Macon.

James Leon Burch Jr. Obituary and Funeral Arrangements

A digital obituary was posted online for James Leon Burch Jr. while a physical one is awaited from his family. Her mother Sheila Fowler will soon share more details about it along with the information about funeral arrangements.

The services are pending at this time. James is survived by his mother Sheila Fowler. The community is paying respect to the deceased. It breaks our hearts that not everyone gets the resources that they deserve.

Our hearts and thoughts go out to James’ mother. May God offer her the much-needed strength and grant peace to the departed soul.

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