Johnson Funeral Home


Travis Mason Burkett

September 30, 1926September 30, 2020

Travis Mason Burkett of Georgiana, AL passed away on his 94th birthday, September 30, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 73 years Jimmie Lou Casey Burkett; daughters Sue (Al) Gaston; Gail (Rickie) Piggott; and grandchildren Tara Starr Cowles (Bob); Mason Gaston (Cindy); Drew Gaston (Amy); Travis Piggott (Michele); and Susanna Gaston. Great grandchildren are: Ashton Starr Ruffin (Will), Savannah Starr Gill (Ryan), and Patrick Starr; Madison Ann Gaston, James Davis Gaston, and Griffin Gaston; John Millan Gaston and Benen Burkett Gaston; Kaitlyn Piggott and Addie Piggott. Great-great grandchildren are Levi and Faith Ruffin.

A graveside service and celebration of his life will be held at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery on Friday, October 2, 2020 at 4:00 in the afternoon, with burial in the church cemetery.

Mr. Burkett is preceded in death by his parents, Tom Daniel and Mary Pinkerton Burkett and brothers Ted and T.J. Burkett.

Mr. Burkett spent his early years learning about the wonders of electricity and helped to bring it to rural Alabama in and around Georgiana, where he spent his entire life. After this, he worked briefly with the L&N Railroad before starting work at W.T. Smith Lumber Company. He would go on to training and certification in electronics -- radio and television and was an avid Ham radio operator for years. He owned Burkett’s T.V. Service and Burkett-Jones Furniture with his friend Wayne Jones. After retirement, he became certified in water treatment and operated the first facility in Georgiana, becoming certified at the highest level. A lifelong learner, he adapted well to the computer and was amazed by the new technology. He retired from the City of Georgiana as an inspector at the age of 86. He was a Mason, a member of the Georgiana City Council, and a faithful member of the Georgiana Methodist Church.

His greatest joy came from his marriage and his family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren who cherish memories of his kindness, humor, generosity, patience, keen wit and intellect, and unconditional love.

Memorial gifts can be sent to the Georgiana United Methodist Church (P.O. Box 155 Georgiana, AL 36033) or the Alabama Partnership for Children (2595 Bell Road Montgomery, AL 36117).


  • Graveside Service

    Friday, October 2, 2020


Travis Mason Burkett

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Kam Wyatt

October 6, 2020

Mr Burkett was always a great man and someone we as children looked up to in Church..

Charles Shepherd

October 3, 2020

When I think of Travis I think of some one who could fix most any thing===We called on him many times==He was one of my Daddy's favorite persons- Our thoughts & prayer are with the family..Charles & Suzy Shepherd

Jamie Wilhelm

October 2, 2020

I recall Uncle Travis and Aunt Jimmie Lou being a staple in all of my childhood memories. Always attending family events and functions were a constant for them.
One of my fondest memories is visiting during Halloween, and Uncle Travis answering the door wearing googly eyes 👀. Us children giggled with laughter. 🥰

Vadonna Williams

October 2, 2020

Know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. May the Lord comfort and strengthen you all during this fragile time.

Tish MacInnis

October 1, 2020

You are all in our prayers. May God give to all of you, His rest and peace that comes only from Him.
Love, Tish and Rev. Steve MacInnis

Rev. Gayle Woodard

October 1, 2020

I am so sorry for the loss of Mr. Travis. I know that he will truly be missed by his family as well as friends and his Church, Georgiana First UMC. He had to stop coming to Church due to health issues shortly after I began there. I will always remember his sweet, kind smile and his soft spoken words when we talked. He was a blessing to all that knew him. I have heard what a dedicated husband, father and grandfather he was to his family. His family was always first. God bless you Sue, Gail and family. My love and Prayers are with you all.


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