Monte Vista Funeral Home & Memorial Park

1900 E. Oakland Ave, Johnson City, TN


John "Jack" Leslie Burnett

August 26, 1944May 15, 2020
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John Leslie “Jack” Burnett, age 75, of Blountville, TN, passed away Friday, May 15, 2020 at Bristol Regional Medical Center. He was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, a son of the late Dewey Ethel Burnett and Marjorie Gertrude White Burnett. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Ralph Elbert McGee.

Jack was a veteran of the United States Army and stationed in Korea during the Vietnam War. He graduated in 1972 from Carson-Newman in Jefferson City, TN with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. He started with TVA in Cumberland City, Tennessee, and retired with 30 years of service as an Assistant Unit Operator at Kingston Steam Plant. Jack was an avid reader of American Western History. He was a member of Colonial Heights Baptist Church, SASS Cowboy Shooting Club, and Tri-Cities HOG Chapter #4912 where he was serving as the current Director. He loved mustangs and was the proud owner of many over his lifetime, riding motorcycles especially his Harley Davidson, and traveling on his Harley Davidson trike with his wife Debbie.

Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Debbie Burnett; one son, Bryan Burnett and girlfriend, Candis Killman; one daughter, Jennifer Darby and boyfriend Chris Stevenson; one grandson, Tennessee Darby; one brother, Robert “Bob” Alexander Burnett and wife Sharon; one nephew, Brian Burnett; one niece, Erin Burnett; mother-in-law, Jean McGee; and several special friends with Tri-Cities HOG Chapter #4912, Colonial Heights Baptist Church, and Gold Wing Riders Chapter B of Knoxville, TN.

Committal Service and Interment will be held Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 12:00 PM in the Chapel of Monte Vista Funeral Home with Dr. Greg Burton officiating. He will be laid to rest in the Garden of the Last Supper at Monte Vista Memorial Park.

The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff of Bristol Regional Medical Center Emergency Room and Cath Lab for all their love and care that was shown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231 or to Colonial Heights Baptist Church, 108 Colonial Heights Road, Colonial Heights, TN 37663.

Arrangements especially for Mr. John Leslie ‘Jack” Burnett and his family have been made through Monte Vista Funeral Home & Memorial Park, 1900 E. Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, TN; 423-282-2631.


  • Debbie Burnett, Wife
  • Bryan Burnett (Candis Killman), Son
  • Jennifer Darby (Chris Stevenson), Daughter
  • Tennessee Darby, Grandson
  • Robert "Bob" Alexander Burnett (Sharon), Brother
  • Brian Burnett, Nephew
  • Erin Burnett, Niece
  • Jean McGee, Mother-in-law

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  • Committal Service & Interment

    Tuesday, May 19, 2020


John "Jack" Leslie Burnett

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Scott Brenneman

May 22, 2020

My condolences to the family & friends of Bitter Creek Jack. He was a fine fellow and a snappy dresser. I always enjoyed visiting with him at various shooting matches. May God bless y'all.

Vaya con Dios Amigo, Keystone

Anita Barnett

May 19, 2020

Jack was such a great guy. I hope he and Dee and R.E. are sitting arround now, telling stories and laughing. He will be missed by many.

Carroll. (C. H ) Wilson

May 18, 2020

I had the privilege to work several years with Jack at Kingston Steam Plant. He had gone to school with my first wife Brenda (Bennie) Rollins Wilson at Farragut High School We will miss him. Prayers for the family

Sue Caldwell Lowery

May 18, 2020

We were Jack's first cousins from Chattanooga. He was 10 years older than me, so he was always the "older and more mysterious one."

Aunt Marjorie and her family stepped in frequently to keep us at her house when our mother was in the hospital and we nagged her endlessly to take us to the pool!

We also had several family trips to Florida beaches, the top photo was a trip to Clearwater, FL, I think. The one below was in Chattanooga.

There were probably only a few times where our 13 year age span provided perfect stairsteps like these photos.

On Friday nights, when we stayed at their house, we got to watch westerns: "Paladin" and "Bonanza," shows we never got to see at home, and everybody got to eat potato chips and drink Pepsi (from those metallic colored aluminum cups) while we watched. My sister and I were from a strictly "Coca-cola" family and this, to my young self was just wonderful!

Dianne Burnett

May 17, 2020

Jack and I (Dianne Burnett) met at Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens Tennessee in 1966. We were married May 31, 1969. My parents, family, and friends loved Jack. We had a son, (Bryan Burnett ) a daughter, (Jennifer Darby) who gave us a grandson (Tennessee Darby). He loved them very much. We were married almost 30 years and spent time in church, boating, camping, and at Mustang Shows - making many memories for his children to cherish for the rest of their lives.
A part of him will always continue to live thru each of them. They loved their dad and papaw.
My heart ❤️ goes out to them . . .

Judith Reed

May 17, 2020

My God comfort you at this sad time. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Cherish the memories you’ve shared together.

Danny Shipley

May 17, 2020

Truly one of my favorite people, my condolences to the family.
1Thessalonians 4 13-18
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Wayne Strong

May 17, 2020

Jack was a dear SS Classmate. He was a special, soft hearted man. He had a kind spirit and a warm smile. He was a joy to be around. We loved hearing him talk about his trips on his Harley. He will be missed at our church, Colonial Heights Baptist. I feel blest to have come his way.

Mona Smith

May 17, 2020

Jack was a fine man and I had the privilege of being a classmate of his, Farragut High School, class of 1962. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. We all loved Jack and will miss him dearly. Our prayers are with the family at this time.


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