Gerald M Burnett, 79, of Anderson, passed away on August 2, 2012, at the Community Hospital. He was born on December 11, 1932, in New Castle. He was the son of George and Lulu (Barkdull) Burnett. His family moved to Middletown at an early age and Gerald graduated from Middletown High in 1951, and Marion College in 1957, with a degree in Religious Studies.
Gerald felt a passion and calling for small rural churches. He served four and half years at Allen Bethel Church and two years at Ovid Community Church, serving under the leadership of John K. Summers. In the fall of 1966, Rev. Burnett went to Markleville North Christian Church to “help out” and served the Markleville Church and Community for 35 and half years before retiring in 2001. Following a small retirement, Pastor Burnett served as the Pastor of Visitation for seven years at North Anderson Church of God and Madison Park Church of God.
Gerald is survived by his loving spouse whom he married June 6, 1952, Phyllis (Myers) Burnett, of Anderson; daughter, Cherie (Greg) Ritz of Pendleton; son, Jay (Kyra) Burnett of Pendleton; brother, Don Burnett of Anderson and brother, Jim (Sylvia) Burnett of Denver; grandsons, Adam (Tara) Ritz, Dustin Ritz, Travis Burnett, and Tyler Burnett. Also surviving are three step grandchildren, Lauren Glover, Christian Glover, and Olivia Glover; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by father, George Burnett; mother, Lula Burnett; a sister-in-law, Ruby Burnett; and infant son, Timothy Dwayne Burnett.
Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at Madison Park Church of God; 6607 Providence Drive; Anderson. and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Services will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 9, 2012, at the church with Rev. Jim Lyon officiating. Burial will take place in the Grovelawn Cemetery, Pendelton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Markleville North Christian Church or Madison Park Church of God.