James Burnette, Sr.

Mr. James M. Burnette, Sr., age 84, of Suwanee, GA, passed away on March 25, 2007. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Winnie Rowe Hamilton Burnette, his parents, Ira and Ora Lou Reese Burnette, sister, Evelyn Davis, and step-grandson, Steven Thomas. Surviving are: Wife of 39 Years: Mrs. Eva Mae Burnette, Suwanee, GA; Sons and Daughters-in-Law: Jimmy and Caron Burnette, Suwanee, GA, Jeff and Kathy Burnette, Sugar Hill, GA; Step-Daughter: Lynda Hardy, Covington, GA; Step-Son: Jimmy and Joyce Knick, Lawrenceville, GA; Grandsons: James Burnette, III, Ph.D, Pittsburgh, PA, Bryan Burnette, Miami, FL; Step-Grandsons: Russell and Patti Knick, Commerce, GA, Mike and Melissa Thomas, Cleveland, GA, Daniel Peevy and Andi Bell, Buford, GA; Step-Granddaughter: Keli Cooke, Dacula, GA; Eight Step Great Grandchildren; Sisters and Brother-in-Law: Ruby and David Pierce, Suwanee, GA, Pauline Etheridge, Jacksonville, FL; Brother-in-Law: Lewis Hamilton, Buford, GA; Sister-in-Law: Floyce Bramblett, TN; Several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Burnette was born on April 16, 1922 in Gwinnett County, GA. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Buford American Legion Post 127. He was retired from General Motors Assembly Plant after 30 years of service. He was a member of U.A.W. Local 10. He was a former City Councilman for the City of Suwanee for 32 years. He was a member of the Buford Masonic Lodge No. 292 F.&A.M. where he received his 50 year pin. He was a charter member of Shadowbrook Baptist Church in Suwanee, GA. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Rev. J. B. Reese, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in the Peachtree Road Baptist Church Cemetery, Suwanee, GA with full military honors. Honorary pallbearers will be the Suwanee City Council, City Manager and the Police Chief. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-9:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Egleston Children's Hospital, Atlanta, GA. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home & Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.