Dr. Burns was born in Temple, Texas and moved to Jones County ranch at a higher altitude when his brother was found to have TB after WWI. He interned at Riverside Hospital in pediatrics in New York City where one of his duties was to teach a class of nurses in Queen's Hospital. There he met Edith Blanche Jennings RN. They married in October 1919 at the "Little Church Around the Corner" in New York City.
Dr. William Burns practiced from an office on the second floor of the current bank building from 1920 until his death in 1929 in Moran, Texas.