Susan Spiller Burnette

October 16, 1946June 3, 2021

Susan Spiller Burnette, 74, of Raleigh, passed away, Thursday, June 3, 2021 at Rex Healthcare in Raleigh, NC. Born in Baltimore, MD on October 16, 1946, Susan was the daughter of the late Col. Thomas Boyd Spiller and Elizabeth Ward Spiller. She graduated from St. Mary’s Junior College and UNC.

Susan’s greatest pleasure was spending her summers at Topsail Beach and her winters in Key West. Susan had no greater joy than sharing her love of these places with family and friends. She never met a stranger and would invite all she knew to visit. Susan shared so much in common with Topsail and Key West-sunny days, sparkling seas, and fun-loving adventures will always bring special memories of her to all those who loved her.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, William Holmes Burnette, her three children, Chad Burnette and wife Nikolka, Jud Burnette, and Liz Gibbons and husband Jim, all of Raleigh. In addition, she is survived by five grandchildren, Julia and Jonah Burnette, and Weezie, Libby, and Ward Gibbons.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 6, 2021 at Emma Anderson Memorial Chapel in Topsail Beach, NC. The family requests you wear bright colors to honor Susan’s joyful spirit.

Memorials may be sent to Emma Anderson Memorial Chapel, PO Box 3071, Topsail Beach, NC 28445.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Jane and Bob Heitler

June 6, 2021

Susan was an unforgettable person the minute you met her. She was a contagious personality that made you happy to know her. I would email her a few sentences to catch up and she would return an epic four page response! Which made me respond with a matching four page email to talk about everything she said. Even though we haven’t seen each other in awhile she will always be in our hearts. Love to the family and appreciate how lucky you were to have her….as we all were.

Gloria and Robert Loeffler

June 5, 2021

The day I first met Susan.

Rob and I had just bought the White Street house directly across the street from Susan and Bill. Rob arrived home from work at the hospital around 6 pm. He pulled into our driveway and as he got out of the car, a woman came frantically running across the street and, in only Susan’s enthusiastic way, questioned him on being her new neighbor. Rob, after five minutes and being slightly overwhelmed, told Susan to stay right there in the driveway while he went inside to bring someone out who would really like to talk to her. After getting me, he retreated back into our house. Susan and I talked for over an hour in the driveway and became instant friends.
That day was November 20, 2006.
Every year since that date, Susan would call or text me on what she said was “Our Anniversary”! She even had it down to the exact time!
Susan’s enthusiasm and overall joy for life are the things I will always remember and cherish.
God’s speed Susan, and hope it is you that may greet me again at our next rendezvous!

Eileen Manion

June 5, 2021

Always enjoyed the times we spent together with the neighborhood gals in Key West. Especially Happy Hour at the Conch Farm eating Royal Reds! How lucky we all were to have known her and to be with her joyful spirit. You will be missed. RIP 🌞Eileen Manion