Betty S. Burnett

August 11, 1928April 24, 2013

BURNETT, Betty Scruggs 8/11/28 - 4/24/2013. Daughter of the late James Carol Scruggs and Vera Clayton Arnspiger. Mrs. Burnett passed peacefully on April 24th, 2013, at the age of 84 in Nashville ,TN. Mrs. Burnett is the beloved wife of the late Dr. Lonnie S. Burnett. She is survived by daughter Anne Julian - Fagergren and son-in-law Kirk J. Fagergren, and son Michael Conrad Julian and daughter-in-law Gina Carter Julian. Mrs. Burnett was born in Sherman, TX on 8/11/1928. She graduated with honors from Austin College with a degree in Education. Mrs. Burnett married Lonnie Burnett on December 22, 1950, and eventually settled in Baltimore, MD where she obtained her Master of Education at Johns Hopkins University. She continued to teach school in inner-city Baltimore and had such a tremendous impact on her students, that they stayed in contact with her to thank her for their accomplishments. In 1976, Dr. Burnett was named the Chairman of OB/GYN at Vanderbilt University Hospital. At the time of Dr. Burnett's death last spring, they had been married 62 years. Mrs. Burnett will be remembered for her exemplary kindness to every person she met, and for her love of playing bridge, passion for animals and animal advocacy, and for her devotion to the Episcopal Church. Visitation will be at 11:00am Wednesday, May 1 at St. Georges Episcopal Church with a memorial service at noon. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Greyhound Pets of America, Nashville Chapter (


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 1, 2013
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, May 1, 2013

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Kathy Jim Jordan

October 20, 2013

Dear Anne and Michael,

First and foremost, we are sending you our love. Please know the reason you haven't heard from us before now was that we had no knowledge that Betty had passed on this past April. Jim has significant and loving memories of both Lonnie and Betty, for Betty took Jim under her wing (like she did so many others) when Jim came to medical school at Hopkins. They both opened their home to Jim and to me once I came on the scene as Jim's girlfriend and now wife of 44 years!. We had wonderful times together with Lonnie & Betty and Betty was so much the glue that lovingly held our relationships together. I also know how much they adored you both and how you enriched their lives in so many ways. We give thanks that our lives were touched and blessed by both Betty and Lonnie. Thinking of you, Love, Kathy & Jim

Mitzie Fudge

May 2, 2013

Dear Anne, Michael, and Gina,

I am so sorry to hear about Betty. I tried to keep up with her when she went to Hospice, but I obviously missed. She was a lovely person and you were so fortunate to have both of them in your lives. Hope to catch up with you during the holidays.

May 1, 2013

I attended Sherman High with Betty. She was a nice and kind young lady. Know she will be missed. My sympathy to the family.
Johnnie Faye Hall Pierce,Garland,Tex.

MaryLou Darter Lueb

May 1, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Betty Pearl and I grew up together in Sherman Texas and went not only to school together but to church as well. We were very close friends and I will always cherish her memory. We all saw the obit at church Sunday and talked about how much fun we had had together as kids. I know she will be greatly missed. We had kept in touch some by SHS reunions but time goes so quickly and so many years have passed since we visited. My prayers are with you all.
Marylou Darter Lueb Central Christian Church, Sherman High School and family friends.

April 30, 2013

Dear Anne - Just know that so many folks love you and understand what it means to lose two precious parents. Big hugs -

Shelby Tabeling

Rusty Herbert

April 29, 2013

During my years at Vanderbilt in the Ob/Gyn department, there was no one I admired more than Lonnie Burnett.During those same years, there was no one Lonnie admired more than his wonderful wife, Betty. At every social event which involved the chairman, Betty was there behind the scenes making sure every one was comfortable and happy. Betty had a kind word and a warm hug for everyone she encountered. Her sense of humor was could lift the spirits of even the most exhausted intern. Betty, like Lonnie, was an exemplary member of the Vanderbilt community and someone I shall never forget. We will miss her.

Justin Dunphy

April 29, 2013

My deepest condolences Michael and Gina. Anything you need just call me

Thomas Swift

April 28, 2013

I will miss the weekly phone chat with my cousin Betty. Such a sweet soul.
The Swifts, Thomas, Gilbert, and Patrick

April 28, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. Please find peace and comfort in knowing God cares for you and will help you in your time of need. 1 Pet. 5:7