Cotten Funeral Home


Lela Burkett Heath

June 21, 1917January 12, 2021

Lela Burkett Heath, 103, of New Bern went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. Lela was a member of Pilgrim Home Church of Dover NC. She enjoyed spending time gardening, sewing, reading and listening to Christian music. She also enjoyed visiting with her neighbors on her walks in the neighborhood. She is well known for the Jesus plaques she has made and shared with many both near and far.

She is survived by her sister, Dorothy Burkett Whaley of Kinston NC, granddaughter, Terry Heath Dixon, husband Carl. 4 great grandchildren, Danielle Dixon Heckathorn, husband Nick, Heather Mae Dixon, Blair Heath Ormond, husband Chris, and Taylor Bryant Heath. Granddaughter in law, Theresa Mann Heath. Daughter in law, Violet Mitchell Heath, all of New Bern NC.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Bryant Heath, son, Aaron Leroy Heath, and grandson, Donald Aaron Heath. Her parents, John William Burkett and Ethel White Burkett, and brothers, Thomas, William, Clarence, John, and Robert, and sisters, Alma, Eula, and Beula.

On behalf of the family, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to Craven County Hospice for their compassion and care during this time. We would also like to thank her very close friends, Gladys and Natch, for their time and loving care of Grandma Heath. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Lela's memory to Pilgrim Home Free Will Baptist Church of Dover NC or a charity of your choice.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 2 PM, Cotten Funeral Home Chapel. The burial will follow at Greenleaf Memorial Park.

Cotten Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the family of Lela Burkett Heath.


  • Funeral Service

    Friday, January 15, 2021

  • Burial

    Friday, January 15, 2021


Lela Burkett Heath

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