Mrs. Allen (Johnson) Burris West, 98, of Columbia, died Monday, June 22, 2020 after a fall, fracturing her elbow with a subsequent rapid decline in her health. Born November 12, 1921, in the Town of Eau Claire, SC, she was a daughter of the late Thomas Eason and Annie Laurie Brucker Johnson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, James Warren Burris, Sr.and James Douglas West; brothers, Malcolm Johnson and Alfred Johnson; as well as her sisters, Carmen (Johnson) Lybrand Spahn and Miriam (Johnson) Sloan.

Mrs. West was raised in the Eau Claire community, where her father was both the Chief of Police, as well as the Chief of the Fire Department. She was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Columbia. Prior to her retirement, Mrs. West was the Administrative Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner of the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. She loved her family and enjoyed hosting large gatherings. Mrs. West had a vacation home on Lake Wateree, where she was an avid fisherman and enjoyed boat rides. She had an amazing zest for life and enjoyed traveling both domestic and on cruises.

Mrs. West is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Burris Smith Narr of West Columbia; son, James Warren Burris, Jr. (Angeliena) of Blythewood; four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She is also survived by eight nieces and nephews, as well as a host of extended family and friends.

A private graveside service will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery. Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel, is assisting the family.

The service will be live streamed 3 o’clock Friday, May 26th at by visiting her tribute wall. A memorial tribute video will also be posted to her tribute wall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Pawmetto Lifeline, 1275 Bower Parkway, Columbia, SC 29211, Alzheimer's Association, 140 Stoneridge Dr. #210, Columbia, SC 29210 or to the charity of one’s choice.

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