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Jesse James Burnett, Jr.
 

Memorial for Jesse James Burnett, Jr.

Born in Texarkana, Arkansas on Dec. 12, 1942
Departed on Aug. 12, 2016 and resided in Austin,, TX.
Visitation: Friday, Aug. 19, 2016
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Service: Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016
12 pm
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Jesse James Burnett, Jr. was born on December 12, 1942 to Willie Dickerson and Jesse James Burnett, Sr. in Texarkana, Arkansas and departed this life on August 12, 2016. He was the youngest of two siblings, one sister, Patricia Olivier.

He attended and graduated from public school in Phoenix, Arizona. During school years, he played in the band.

In 1961, he joined the United States Air Force. While in the Air Force, he joined the drill team. After 11 years and many tours, he received an Honorable Discharge.

On September 18, 1965, he married the love of his life, Ardalia (Peggy) Hill. To this union, four children were born.

In 1972, he symbolized his dedication to Jehovah by water baptism. That was one of the happiest days of his life. True to his dedication he was kind, considerate, loving, and always going out of his way to help others. Brother Burnett would give the shirt off his back. His favored scripture was Psalms 26 that speaks about "walking in integrity." He served as an elder in the Springdale Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses for many years. Brother Burnett loved witnessing to people about the bible and helping others to love Jehovah as he did. He was loved and respected by all. He was called Dad, Daddy, Granddaddy, Grandpa, Daddy Jesse, and Grandpa Jesse. Brother Burnett was affectionately called JJ and Brother Burnett by his wife which made him laughed.

Also in 1972 after an honorable discharge Jesse opened his own mechanic shop called "JJ's Fix It" in Wichita Falls, TX. Soon after that he relocated to Austin, TX with his family in tow. He was employed with Western Auto, Montgomery Wards, and Lambs Tire and Auto which all the while maintaining his "JJ's Fix It" brand on the side. After retiring from Lambs he continued to do mechanic work helping everyone he could.

He was preceded in death by his father, an infant son, Jesse James Burnett, IV, and daughter, Cathy Kennard.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 50 years, Ardalia Burnett; three daughters, Debra Cyphers (Don), Tracy Burnett and Tisha White; four sons, Jesse Burnett, III, Morris Kennard (Rebecca), Mitchell Burnett (Sherry) and Emmanuel Burnett (Angela). He also had a grandson that he raised from an infant, LaQuincy Leon Kennard. Brother Burnett had 19 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. There were a host of many spiritual brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters that were very special and close to him. Brother Burnett will be dearly missed by all.
  

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