The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


March 23, 2014

James C. Burtis

CARTHAGE, Mo. — James Christopher "Chris" Burtis, age 64, of Carthage, Mo., passed away at 7:25 a.m. Friday morning March 14, 2014, at his home.

He was born on Nov. 30, 1949, in Burbank, Calif., the son of Warren and Emma Lou Burtis.

Chris married Joyce Prudhomme Sodek on April 7, 2000, in Las Vegas, Nev. He worked as a service technician for Carthage Ford, was an avid NHRA drag racing fan but most of all he enjoyed being Gopa to his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce, of the home; a son, Wayne Burtis and wife, Heather, of Pooler, Ga.; a daughter, Lynniece Wilson, of Simi Valley, Calif.; a step-son, Dean Sodek and Kara, of Simi Valley, Calif.; two step-daughters, April Nickerson, of Simi Valley, Calif. and Amy Gazzaniga and husband, Steve, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and a sister, Nancy Burtis; and his mother, Emma Lou Burtis, of Simi Valley, Calif.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday March 29, at the Mason-Woodard Mortuary.

Contributions can be made to the Freeman Cancer Institute in care of the mortuary.

Arrangements entrusted to the Mason-Woodard Mortuary. Online condolences may be made at

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