Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Tuesday at Wilkesboro Baptist Church with Dr. Chris Hefner and Rev. Alfred E. Andrews, Jr., officiating. Entombment will be in Scenic Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 Monday at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.
Mr. Burnette was born March 15, 1936 in Barnesville, Georgia to Harvey Daniel Burnette, Sr. and Myrtle Florence Cook Burnette. He attended Emmanuel College, Lenoir-Rhyne College, and received his Masters and Education Specialist degree (Ed.S) from Appalachian State University. He served as principal of multiple schools over a twenty-seven year period. He was a member of Gideons International--South Camp and also served as a Christian educator missionary. He served as Interim Pastor and performed with Seniors on Stage. He was a member of Wilkesboro Baptist Church where he was a church choir member and former deacon.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Harvey Daniel Burnette, Jr.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Norma Jean Setzer Burnette, of the home; two daughters, Alisa Vaness Burnette and husband, Johnny D. Anderson, of Panama City, FL, and Susan Vatrice Burnette of Moravian Falls; four grandchildren, Jonathan Thomas Burns, Matthew Gregory Burns and wife, Rachel, Brent Austin Walker, and Micah Bryan Burns; and two sisters, Nelle Goodman of Cantonment, FL, and Carolyn Adams and husband, James, of Barnesville, GA.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials made to Gideon's International–-South Camp, P.O. Box 323, Wilkesboro NC 28659.
[Editor's Comment: It was my privilege to know John and his wife, Jean Setzer Burnette. John was a subscribe to Hugh's News and contributed to help me produce this newsletter. I knew his father and mother, and his brother Havey, Jr., as well as his two sisters Nelle Burnette Goodman, and Carolyn Burnette Adams. Knowing this family has enriched my life.]