Granddaughters of Titanic victim live in Winston-Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The two Winston-Salem granddaughters of John Burns, a 28-year-old laundry superintendent on the Titanic, said their grandfather didn’t have much of a chance. He was stationed four decks above the bottom of the doomed ship.

Burns — the father of a 6-month old girl and 2-year-old son back home in North Carolina — was never found, his body lost to the sea.

“He was so far underneath (the ship), there was no way he could get out,” said Carolyn Burns Gentry, his 76-year-old granddaughter.

There’s at least one other connection to the Titanic in the Winston-Salem area: Ernest Parry, 91, had an uncle on the Titanic who made it out alive.

Parry, of Clemmons, had a millionaire uncle named Elmer Z. Taylor who made it onto a lifeboat with his wife. That he survived and Burns, at the opposite end of the economic spectrum, did not is not surprising.

This article was written by John Hinton and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read more.