Nancy Bernice Burnett

April 30, 1933March 3, 2018

Nancy Bernice Burnett, 84, entered fully into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 3, 2018 following a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. A celebration of Nancy’s life will be held at 5:00 PM on March 12, 2018, at New Hope United Methodist Church in Brandon.

Nancy graduated from Hillsborough High School in 1951 and shortly after married her high school sweet heart, James L. Burnett, Jr. After James’ service in the Air Force in Lake Charles, La. they moved back to the Bay area and settled in Brandon in 1961. Both James and Nancy were active in their church and community. Nancy worked in the “Meals on Wheels” feeding program, was active in the United Methodist Women’s association, mentored younger woman and very much enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchild. James and Nancy were a serving couple, and served together many years as volunteers for Brandon H.S. athletics. The football fieldhouse is named after James, and they both received the coveted “Mr. Eagle” award recognizing their many years of service and dedication to BHS and the community. Nancy taught kindergarten for decades at the First United Methodist Church. Through the years of teaching and her community involvement Nancy made many, many friends.

Nancy is preceded in death by her husband James L. Burnett, Jr. (1993), and her son Brian (1973). She is survived by her son Mike Burnett (Madeira Beach, FL), his wife Yvonne and their children Kimberly Moses (Brandon, FL) and Brian Burnett (Madeira Beach, FL), along with Kimberly’s husband Brian Moses and their son Garrett Moses. In addition, her son Ken Burnett (St. Johns, FL) and his wife Cheri, and their children Christi Paul (Jacksonville, FL), Kyle Burnett (Jacksonville Beach, FL) and Kory Burnett (Jacksonville Beach, FL) and Christi Paul’s husband Jeremy and their son James.

Nancy is preceded by her parents Orbie and Bernice Mason (Tampa). She is survived by her brothers, Ronnie Mason (Thonotosassa, FL.), Steve Mason (Valrico, FL.) and sisters Jeanne Combs (Ft. Pierce, FL) and Brenda Piche (Tampa, FL). Nancy’s final resting place, until the coming of the Lord, will be the Hillsboro Memorial Cemetery in Brandon.

Celebration services will be at 5:00 PM on Monday, March12th, at the New Hope United Methodist Church at 120 N. Knights Ave, Brandon. There will be a reception at the church to greet the family, following the services. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to The FL United Methodist Children’s Home at 51 Children’s Way, Enterprise, FL. 32725 or


  • Funeral Service Monday, March 12, 2018

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Marc Hall

March 22, 2018

Ken, Mike and Family, Your mom was always a special lady with a gentle soul. She will be missed in the Brandon community. So sorry for your loss.

Lana Columbo

March 12, 2018

Mrs. Burnett was my son's kindergarten teacher 25 years ago. We both thought very highly of her. Mrs Burnett always remembered me & Danny at church, even many years later! It was always a pleasure to see her sweet smiling face! I was pleased to be chosen her Friendly Visitor for our church. I learned more about her and we always had nice visits. She will be missed by many!

My condolences to all of the Burnett family. The beautiful person, inside & out, Mrs. Burnett was, I am sure she has a beautiful family that will deeply miss her. You all have been and are in my thoughts & prayers. May all your wonderful memories sustain you & knowing that your mother/grandmother is comfortably resting in her heavenly home bring you comfort.

Dawn Heather Davis Sharkey

March 7, 2018

Growing up at FUMC Brandon I remember Mrs. Burnett always there with kind words and a beautiful smile . She was, like for many, my Kindergarten teacher. who helped instill a love of learning and of God in me. I remember on occasion as a teenager visiting with her in her classroom at church, helping her and listening to stories she would tell me about my older brothers, whom she had taught as well. My condolences to her family and thoughts and prayers. Mrs. Burnett, you were one in a million.

Debbie Briant Vance

March 6, 2018

Mrs. Burnett was a wonderful lady. She was Michelle and Ashley's Kg teacher. We had already loved her before that though. We knew her from her involvement with Brandon High School and FUMC. She was always so kind to everyone. I called to tell my Dad, Orlan Briant, and he said he was sad to hear that. Mr and Mrs. Burnett were good people. He started telling me about stories about BHS and the Burnetts. Dad said, they raised 3 fine young men and those boys had great parents. He sends his condolences to Mike, Ken and their families. We will keep your families in our prayers.

Mike Shirley

March 6, 2018

I am truly sorry that Mrs. Burnett has passed on. She has a special place in my heart as our Overhill Drive neighborhood "Mom". Always a smile , always a kind word. The back kitchen door was always open to us and their house and yard was the center of our childhood.
Thank you Mrs. Burnett for being you. Bless you Mike , Yvonne , Ken and family.
Mike Shirley

Steve and Tammy Mason

March 5, 2018

Aunt Nancy was dearly loved by all who knew her. We’re praying for your families, Mike and Ken.