OBITUARY

Thomas Ray Burnette

June 2, 1949November 19, 2021
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Thomas Ray Burnette, 72, of Dallas, died on November 19, 2021 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center. Tommy was born on June 2, 1949 in Catawba County and was the son of the late Harold W. Burnette and Clara Ledbetter Burnette.

Tommy worked at Wix Corporation for 38 years. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved fishing, hunting, and being outdoors because he felt closest to the Lord there. Tommy enjoyed watching golf, racing, listening to music and playing poker. He also enjoyed watching basketball and football, and he always pulled for Carolina. Tommy loved feeding and watching deer and the squirrels. Most of all he loved his family and fishing with his friends.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in passing by his brothers, David Burnette and Billy Burnette, and his son Johnny Branham.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Shirley Jenkins Burnette; daughters, Tammy and husband Michael Laughlin, and Tonya Branham; grandchildren, Jessica and husband Jay, Casey, Ricci, Maleah and Ty, Kenzie and Will; great grandchildren, Spencer, Skylen and Ellieanna; brothers, Larry Burnette and wife Mary, Jerry Burnette and wife Retha; sisters, Pearla Hall, Betty Burnette and Linda Burnette; special boys, Inman and Corbin; special friends, Duane Clark, Eric and Krista Parker, and dog Blue.

A visitation for Thomas will be held Friday, November 26, 2021 from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM in the Brevard Room at Carothers Funeral Home Stanley. Following the visitation will be a graveside service at 3:00 PM at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincolnton.

We’d like to give a special thanks to all of our good friends and neighbors.

The family requests that all guests wear masks. Comfortable or camouflage clothing welcomed!!!

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.carothersfuneralhomestanley.com for the Burnette family.

  • FAMILY

  • Shirley Jenkins Burnette, Wife
  • Tammy Laughlin (Michael), Daughter
  • Tonya Branham, Daughter
  • Jessica (Jay), Grandchild
  • Casey, Grandchild
  • Ricci, Grandchild
  • Maleah (Ty), Grandchild
  • Kenzie (Will), Grandchild
  • Spencer, Great Grandchild
  • Skylen, Great Grandchild
  • Ellieanna, Great Grandchild
  • Larry Burnette (Mary), Brother
  • Jerry Burnette (Retha), Brother
  • Pearla Hall, Sister
  • Betty Burnette, Sister
  • Linda Burnette, Sister
  • Tommy is also survived by his special boys, Inman and Corbin and special friends, Duane Clark, Eric and Krista Parker and dog Blue.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jay Waites
  • Ricci Branham
  • Will Jones
  • Ty Tinker
  • Casey Beer
  • Jessica Waites
  • Duane Clark

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, November 26, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, November 26, 2021

Memories

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Tonya Branham

December 2, 2021

jerry burnette

November 27, 2021

Jay Waites

November 24, 2021

Tommy you have always welcomed me into your family and treated me like I was part of the family, I just wanted to say thank you for always being there for all of us and we will really miss you pawpaw..I still wish we could have gone hunting together but I know whenever i go, your still gonna be with me. Take it easy pawpaw we’ll see you later

retha burnette

November 23, 2021

I will miss you brother,Love you.

Tammy Laughlin

November 23, 2021

Daddy you will be missed and thought of more then you could ever imagine.
I know you are so proud of the wife mother and grandmother I have become, I came a long way from that rebellious teen that I once was.
Thank you daddy for always being there through good and bad!
I love you and I know you will always be with me. Forever in my heart ❤️

Jessica Waites

November 22, 2021

I miss you soo much already Pawpaw. I will always treasure all of the times we went fishing, played rummy, burned leaves, watched tv, all of our conversations and all of the thick bologna sandwiches you brought fishing with us. They were probably just to keep me quiet. Sometimes you use to tell me all my talking was scaring the fish away I had to stay quiet or they wouldn’t bite. I will think about you all the time. I love you bunches Pawpaw Tommy xoxo!!!!

Maleah Crocker

November 22, 2021

The best grandpa, I will miss the days of sitting in the living room hearing your fishing and hunting stories. I love you and hope you’re at peace.

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