James Elmer Burnette
(Dec. 18, 2012)
James (Elmer) Burnette, born May 2, 1916, left this earth
for Heaven's rest on Dec. 18. He was the son of Tom and Delilah Galyon Burnette
and was the last survivor of their seven children. Raised as a sharecropper, he
became the sole support of his large family at a young age. He served in the
U.S. Army from 1944-1946 and was in the Invasion of Normandy. He was able to
tell of his war experiences until six weeks prior to his death.
His surviving children are Marvin and Sandi Burnette, Tommy
and Kay Burnette, Louise and John Barnes, Sue and Steve Clark, Darrell and
Rhonda Burnette, Dennis and Iva Burnette and Vanessa and Chris Francis. Rankin
predeceased him in 2007.
He was married to Estelle Gallihar Burnette who died in
2003. He has 21 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a beloved niece,
Jessie Raby Wright and many nieces, nephews and friends.
The family acknowledges Dr. Sigrid Johnson and Susan Bell,
Brenda Hooks, Linda Wray and Jenny Tilley and especially Adam Burnette, who
cared for him during his last days.
We invite you to celebrate his 96 1/2 years of living at Kyker
Funeral Homes, Sweetwater, from 4-8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21 with a memorial and
military service to be held at Cedar Fork Baptist, his home church for 66
years, on Saturday, Dec. 22, his 66th wedding anniversary at 2 p.m.,
with Rev. Clayton Dunsmore, Rev. Mark Richesin and Rev. Chris Burnette
Memorials may be made to Cedar Fork Baptist Church or charity
of your choice. Kyker Funeral Home, Sweetwater, in charge of arrangements.