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Donald Fredrick Burnette

Donald Fredrick Burnette, age 81, of Pulaski, Va., went to be with his Lord June 8, 2019, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

He was born April 24, 1938, to the late Charles and Molly Burnette. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Samuel Tony Burnette and Mark Burnette; six brothers, and five sisters. He was employed at Burlington Industries, Findley Industries and retired from the Virginia Department of Corrections. He was also a military veteran (U.S. Army) and was proud to have served his country.

He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 53 years, Martha Vest Burnette; son, Donald F. Burnette II; four granddaughters, Madelene, Meredith, Mallory and Makaney; grandson, Brandon; sisters-in-law, Juanita Burnette, Bettie Morehead and Clara Bell, as well as many special nieces and nephews.

The family would like to send a special thank you to Don’s church family at Shiloh Christian Church, where he had been a member for over 60 years, for their prayers and kindness; also to Denise Shortt, Brittany Lawson and Tammy Hall of Good Samaritan Hospice for the wonderful care given to him during his illness; and to Greg, Beth and Jacob Dehart and to niece, Elizabeth Burnette and his wonderful neighbors for their many acts of kindness.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Bower Funeral Home-Chapel, Pulaski, Va., with Pastor Gary Rorrer officiating. Interment follows at Shiloh Cemetery, Pulaski, Va.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Don’s memory can be made to Shiloh Christian Church, c/o Sevella Cregger, Treasurer, 132 Fifth St., Dublin, VA 24084 or Good Samaritan Hospice, 1160 Moose Drive, Christiansburg, VA 24073

To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.bowerfuneralhome.com.

Bower Funeral Homes, Pulaski, Va., is handling arrangements for the family.

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