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Dunbar Funeral Home (Devine)

3926 Devine St, Columbia, SC

OBITUARY

Zelle Bethea Burnside

September 8, 1928August 31, 2019

COLUMBIA - A funeral service for Zelle Bethea Burnside, 90, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at Shandon Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. A private burial will be held in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family.

Mrs. Burnside died Saturday, August 31, 2019. Born in Latta, S.C. on September 8, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Edwin Allison Bethea, Sr. and Florence McNeil Bethea.

Zelle graduated from Winthrop College with a degree in Secretarial Science. She married John William “Jack” Burnside, Sr. on November 11, 1950, and together they raised three children. She worked as a legal secretary for over 30 years, primarily for attorneys Crosby Lewis and Frank Robinson, retiring in 1992. She was a long-time member of Shandon Presbyterian Church, where she was instrumental in the development of the Meals on Wheels program. She was also active in her Circle at Shandon for many years and served as chairwoman and vice chair numerous times. She was given the “Mother of the Year” Award in 2007 by the Lower Richland Ruritan Club. Zelle always made sure that her children and grandchildren knew they were loved and cared for, and she will be greatly missed.

Surviving are her loving husband of 68 years; 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; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, Edwin Allison Bethea, Jr. and Johnny Walker Bethea; her sisters, Charlotte Henderson and Ann Gaston; and her son-in-law, Eddie Bellamy.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Generations of Irmo for their care and support. Memorials may be made to Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow St, Columbia, SC 29205.

Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Father: Edwin Allison Bethea, Sr. (deceased)
    Mother: Florence McNeil Bethea (deceased)
    Brother: Edwin Allison Bethea, Jr. (deceased)
    Brother: Johnny Walker Bethea (deceased)
    Sister: Charlotte Henderson (deceased)
    Sister: Ann Gaston (deceased)
    Son and Daughter-in-law::John W. Burnside, Jr. and Debbie
    Son and Daughter-in-law: Allen B. and Julie Burnside
    Daughter: Ann Burnside Bellamy
    Son-in-law: Eddie Bellamy (deceased)
    Granddaughter: Jeannie Burnside
    Granddaughter: Dr. Rebecca Burnside (Shandon)
    Granddaughter: Sarah Burnside Riggins (Wilton)
    Granddaughter:Allison Burnside
    Grandson: Will Burnside
    Granddaughter: McNeil Bellamy
    Granddaughter:Andie Bellamy
    Great-grandson: Burns Swindler
  • DONATIONS

  • Shandon Presbyterian Church

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Funeral Service Wednesday, September 4, 2019
  • Visitation Wednesday, September 4, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Private Burial

Memories

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Joe and Elaine McElhaney

September 4, 2019

Jack, we were so sorry to hear about Zell. I used to see her in the library often but had been missing her for a couple years. You and Zell have been a part of our lives for decades and nice people like you two are few and far between.

Katie Hane

September 4, 2019

John,

I am so sorry about the loss of your mother. We found out today. We will be praying for you and your family during this difficult time. Let us know if we can do anything for you all!

Love, Katie Hane

J Gayle Poppell

September 4, 2019

I met Jack and Zelle during my career as a Banker/Financial Consultant but continued my financial relationship after opening my own business in January, 1993. They were delightful people and I enjoyed visiting them. I lost touch with them after they sold the Garners Ferry Road property and moved years ago...was saddened to hear of Zelle's passing but happy Jack is still with us...God Bless!

Barbara Alford

September 1, 2019

Zelle was such a special lady. She was KIND to everyone and had a glowing personality. On my first visit to our book club, she came outside and ushered me inside in the nicest way and made me feel so welcome. Love and sincere sympathy, Barbara Alford

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