Dorothy Lee Lawrence Burnett was born on May 23, 1929 to Ada Lawrence and Ben Cline in Sanford, Florida. On December 9, 1942, she married Willie Roberts Burnett, Sr., and to this union there were born seven children.
Jessie Gamble, her grandfather-in-law, guided her to the Church of Christ at an early age, where she was added to the Lord, Jesus Christ. She remained faithful until her passing.
Ms. Burnie worked for the Kershaw County School District at Jackson Elementary school, B.F. Goodrich in Elgin, SC, Boylan Haven Mother Academy as an assistant cook with Mrs. Thelma Boykin. Her final place of employment was with the Wateree Community Action Agency for fourty-one years as the head cook until an untimely accident and her doctor retired her. She also started Burnie’s Diner.
Ms. Burnett was very instrumental with the Jackson High School Band with fundraisers for new uniforms. She worked very close with Mr. A.H. Boykin and Community leaders in
sending her children to Camden Elementary School for the onset of integration of the public schools. Mrs. Burnett also worked with Brother Chester Vaughn, establishing churches of Christ in South Carolina and Georgia. She took many trips with Daisy Alexander.
Preceding her in death were Bennie Lawrence, Lela James, Annie Mae Jackson, Beulah Carson, Robert Jr., Valerie Waiters, and her parents.
She leaves to mourn: Avan A. Burnett, Sharon B. Harkless, Edwina B. Murphy, Adam Burnett, and Danette B. Moore; two nieces, Geraldine Martin of Florida and Gloria Longstreet of Alabama; thirteen grandchildren; thirty-five great-grandchildren; twenty great-great-grandchildren; and a special child, Albert R. Warren. Ms. Burnett lived to see her fifth generation and was very proud of them.