OBITUARY

Johnny Charles Burkett

November 8, 1952March 28, 2021

Johnny Charles Burkett, of Columbia, Mississippi, peacefully passed away with his family by his side on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at the age of 68. He was born in Paducah, Kentucky and was raised in Bogalusa, Louisiana where he graduated from Bogalusa High School. Johnny has been a resident of Columbia for the past 49 years and worked for 42 years as the owner/operator of Burkett’s Corner where he was well known for his boiled crawfish and his boiled peanuts. Johnny served his Lord and his community through his membership at Goss Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing and gardening; but, loved the time spent with his grandbabies. He was a loving husband, father, and papa who was devoted to his family. Johnny was a big man with a big heart and fed many people from his garden and fishing trips. He will be remembered as the most loving and caring person who always put others above himself. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Hazel Burkett; a brother, Edward Burkett, Jr.; and a brother-in-law, Mike Hunt. Johnny is survived by his wife of 49 years, Linda Burkett; a daughter, Lindsay Ball and her husband, Jonathan; a son, Travis Burkett and his wife, Caryn; two sisters, Charlotte Hunt and Kay Crowe and her husband, John; two brothers, Tommy Burkett and his wife, Sheila and Kim Burkett and his wife Laurie; a brother-in-law, Terrell Polk and his fiance, Pam; five grandchildren, Jaxen Ball, Corrine Ball, Briggs Ball, Brynleigh Burkett, and Brysen Burkett; and numerous nieces and nephews. There will be a visitation for Johnny on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at Goss Baptist Church from 5:00pm until 9:00pm. The funeral service, officiated by Reverend Mark McArthur, will be at 10:00am on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at Goss Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Society Hill Cemetery assisted by John Chance, Duwayne Robertson, Eric Thornhill, Gordon Fortenberry, Allan Doane, and Colby Johnson serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Brysen Burkett, Jaxen Ball and Briggs Ball. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials in his honor given to Goss Baptist Church, 20 Mark McArthur Drive, Columbia, MS 39429.

  • FAMILY

  • Edward Burkett Sr, Father (deceased)
  • Hazel Burkett, Mother (deceased)
  • Edward Burkett Jr, Brother (deceased)
  • Mike Hunt, Brother-in-Law (deceased)
  • Linda Burkett, Wife
  • Lindsay Ball (Jonathan), Daughter
  • Travis Burkett (Caryn), Son
  • Charlotte Hunt, Sister
  • Kay Crowe (John), Sister
  • Tommy Burkett (Sheila), Brother
  • Kim Burkett (Laurie), Brother
  • Terrell Polk (Pam), Brother-in-Law
  • Jaxen Ball, Grandchild
  • Corrine Ball, Grandchild
  • Briggs Ball, Grandchild
  • Brynleigh Burkett, Grandchild
  • Brysen Burkett, Grandchild
  • Numerous Nieces and Nephews
  • PALLBEARERS

  • John Chance, Active Pallbearer
  • Duwayne Robertson, Active Pallbearer
  • Eric Thornhill, Active Pallbearer
  • Gordon Fortenberry, Active Pallbearer
  • Allan Doane, Active Pallbearer
  • Colby Johnson, Active Pallbearer
  • Brysen Burkett, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jaxen Ball, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Briggs Ball, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, April 1, 2021

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Steven Webb

April 3, 2021

Rest in peace always, Johnny!

Dr. Joe Wiggins

March 30, 2021

On behalf of the Wiggins family, I offer our condolences to Mr. Johnny's family. Growing up in "Popetown", I have fond memories of visiting Burkett's for everything from a gallon of milk, chewing tobacco for my Daddy and comic books and candy for myself! Mr. Johnny was always there with a welcoming smile and greeting! One of my favorite memories was when I left the store one time with a comic book and forgot to pay for it! I immediately turned around and went back in. I was scared and embarrassed but Mr. Johnny laughed it off and made me feel at ease! We are praying for you. Heaven is a sweeter place knowing he's there to greet his family and friends when we all get there one day.

God Bless You,
Dr. Joe Wiggins and the Wiggins family

Lillian Conerly

March 29, 2021

You will be greatly missed mr johnny (poppa)you were always kind and willing to listen and give advice you and ms linda have been family to me and kids we love you rest in peace .we know you will watch over us all .God bless the family as they lay you to rest .knowing your spirit will live on forever .

Beverly Robertson Pritchard

March 29, 2021

Linda, it was an honor to have played the piano at your and Johnny’s wedding a few years ago. The days, weeks and months ahead will be difficult without your sweetheart, but your faith in God and the comfort of your family and friends will carry you through.

You and your family are in my prayers.

Beverly

Lou ann Burkett Cobb

March 29, 2021

I have so many fond memories of Johnny that I can’t list them all. He was a very special cousin that I thought a lot of. I don’t think I ever remember a time when Johnny wasn’t smiling or laughing . He was also so very special to my mom and dad, Kenneth and Sarah Burkett.

Tommie Bourne

March 29, 2021

I am so very sorry about Johnny. Y’all are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you!

Barbara Pittman

March 29, 2021

Linda and family, so very sorry for your loss. He was one of nicest and finest man I ever knew. Prayers for you , children and grandchildren.❤️

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Biography

Johnny Charles Burkett, of Columbia, Mississippi, peacefully passed away with his family by his side on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at the age of 68. He was born in Paducah, Kentucky and was raised in Bogalusa, Louisiana where he graduated from Bogalusa High School. Johnny has been a resident of Columbia for the past 49 years and worked for 42 years as the owner/operator of Burkett’s Corner where he was well known for his boiled crawfish and his boiled peanuts. Johnny served his Lord and his community through his membership at Goss Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing and gardening; but, loved the time spent with his grandbabies. He was a loving husband, father, and papa who was devoted to his family. Johnny was a big man with a big heart and fed many people from his garden and fishing trips. He will be remembered as the most loving and caring person who always put others above himself.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Hazel Burkett; a brother, Edward Burkett, Jr.; and a brother-in-law, Mike Hunt. Johnny is survived by his wife of 49 years, Linda Burkett; a daughter, Lindsay Ball and her husband, Jonathan; a son, Travis Burkett and his wife, Caryn; two sisters, Charlotte Hunt and Kay Crowe and her husband, John; two brothers, Tommy Burkett and his wife, Sheila and Kim Burkett and his wife Laurie; a brother-in-law, Terrell Polk and his fiance, Pam; five grandchildren, Jaxen Ball, Corrine Ball, Briggs Ball, Brynleigh Burkett, and Brysen Burkett; and numerous nieces and nephews.