Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 16, 2013

William David “Bill” Burnett

BLUEFIELD — William David “Bill” Burnett, age 91, of Harry Heights Road, Bluefield, W.Va., passed away on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center in Bluefield.

Born on September 17, 1921 in Cedar Bluff, Va., he was a son of the late William Samuel and Mary Elizabeth Cordle Burnett. Bill was a descendent of John Burnett of Aberdeen, Scotland, who came to America in the early 1600s. He had been a resident of Bluefield for 50 years and was a member of the Brushfork United Methodist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in World War II. He was a member of the Riley Vest Post #9 American Legion, Bluefield. He was a retired Engineer from N&S Railroad with 42 years of service.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Samuel, Robert, James, Emory, Tom and Albert Burnett; and his sisters, Ella Martin, Margaret Griffith, Nora Griffith, Mattie Griffith, Nell Williams and Hattie Brown. He was the last surviving member of his family.

Survivors include: Wife: Elizabeth Klebitz Burnett of the home; son: David Burnette, II of Bluefield; daughter: Sharon Burnette Boyer and husband Locke Boyer of Charlottesville, Va.; five grandchildren: Stephanie Boyer Dillman and husband Rodney of Virginia Beach, Va., Jonathan Locke Boyer and wife Kasi of Hagerstown, Md., Jeffrey David Boyer and wife Amy of Richmond, Va., Eric Andrew Boyer and wife Stacie of Durham, N.C., Leslie Ann Burnette of Bluefield; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews in the Richlands, Va. area.

Funeral services will be conducted today (Saturday), February 16, 2013 at 12:00 noon at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home Chapel in Bluewell with the Rev. Dorothy Stewart officiating. Graveside services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. at the Green Hills Memory Gardens in Claypool Hill, Va.

Friends may call from 11:00-12:00 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bluefield Salvation Army, 900 Highland Avenue, Bluefield, WV 24701; or the Bluefield Union Mission, 2203 Bluefield Avenue, Bluefield, WV 24701

Online condolences will be accepted at

Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell, 3431 Coal Heritage Road (Bluewell), Bluefield, WV 24701 is serving the family.

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