Dunbar Funeral Home (Devine)

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John W. "Jack" Burnside, Sr.

April 26, 1928July 23, 2020

COLUMBIA – John William “Jack” Burnside, Sr., 92, died Thursday, July 23, 2020. Born in Columbia, SC on April 26, 1928, he was the son of the late James Allen Burnside and Kathleen Neeley Burnside. He grew up working on the family farm and was graduated from Lower Richland High School. After graduation he continued to work as a farmer with his father and later as a partner with his brother the late Alfred F. Burnside.

He was an active member of the Lower Richland Community, serving as Fire Commissioner for 30 years for the Capitol View Fire Department and as a member of the Lower Richland Ruritan Club. He was a member of Shandon Presbyterian Church serving as both deacon and elder.

Surviving are sons, John W. Burnside, Jr. (Debbie) and Allen B. Burnside (Julie); daughter, Ann Burnside Bellamy; seven grandchildren, Jeannie Burnside, Dr. Rebecca Burnside (Shandon), Sarah Burnside Riggins (Wilton), Allison Burnside, Will Burnside, McNeil Bellamy, and Andie Bellamy; great-grandson, Burns Swindler; brother, The Honorable Robert H. Burnside (Sara); and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Jack was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Zelle Bethea Burnside; son-in-law, Eddie Bellamy; and brothers, James A. Burnside, Alfred F. Burnside and Edward R. Burnside.

His love for his family, his patience, and his pure genuine kindness will always be remembered by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Due to the current Covid 19 pandemic the family has chosen to have a private graveside service at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family.

The family wishes to thank the staff of National Healthcare, Lexington, for their care and support. Memorials may be made to Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow Street, Columbia, SC 29205.

Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.


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John W. "Jack" Burnside, Sr.

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Bill Phillips

July 27, 2020

We're so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. Please know you're in our thoughts as we have many happy memories of Jack and Zelle.
Warm regards,
Bill Phillips and Alfred Burnside

Toddie Ellison

July 27, 2020

To: Johnny, Allen, Ann and family. I just learned of Uncle Jack's passing. He was always so kind and caring and fun to be around. I have wonderful memories of spending summers with Aunt Zelle and Uncle Jack growing up. Many Blessing to all of you during this time. Love, Toddie

Howard Seale

July 26, 2020

We are sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Howard & Debbie Seale

Mary Langston

July 25, 2020


I was sorry to read about the loss of your Father. May you and your family share more happy memories, then sadness on his passing.

Our condolences to you and your family,
Mary and Gordon Langston

Daniel Lowe, CMSP

July 25, 2020

Mr. Burnside was one of the most honorable and loving men that I have ever had the true privilege of knowing. As a kid growing up and having his son John as a classmate and friend I got to spend a lot of time on the farm. Mr. Burnside and his brother Alfred always showed me how things worked on the farm, rode me around on a tractor and John and I would play for hours building forts in the hay barn. No kid could have had such a good time as we did down on the farm. God rest your soul Sir, you will be truly missed and you are a legend in the farming and Lower Richland community. Thank you so much for the love and guidance you gave to me.

Jan Martin Sheely

July 24, 2020

So very sorry to hear of Jack's passing. We have many wonderful memories with he and his family growing up. He was such a kind hearted sweet man that always had a kind word to share with you along with that special smile. He and his beautiful Zelle are together again watching over us all. You are all in our prayers.

Joe McElhaney

July 24, 2020

The McElhaneys and Burnsides were friends from way back when.
Joe was chief when Jack was working with Capitol View Fire Department. I used to see Zell regularly in the library. Just couldn't be any nicer people and they have been missed so much. Praying for the family.

Martin Woods

July 24, 2020

Was sadden to read of the passing of your dad. I remember both of your parents being gracious to me and interested in what was going on in my life while a member at Shandon Presbyterian Church.

Peace in Christ

Stella Kasten

July 24, 2020

Dear Allen & Julie and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Please know we are praying for you all. May the wonderful, fun, loving memories you hold dear to you help carry you through on the rough days ahead. May the peace and hope in Jesus Christ comfort your hearts.

In sympathy,
Randy, Stella, Cambiozzo, and Sofia Kasten

Fletcher Spigner III

July 23, 2020

As we lose our ancestors of Lower Richland, the world has losses to fill.

Fletcher Spigner III