REMEMBERING THE LIFE OF
Thomas “CIGAR” Burnnett
His Legacy. . .
Thomas Field Burnett was born April 20, 1924, to the late Johnny and Willie Burnett. Thomas was the fourth child of their union. He was preceded in death by all of his siblings: Nathaniel, Willie (Red), Ida and Jessie.
Thomas was affectionately known to others as “Cigar” and “Uncle Thomas”.
Thomas graduated from Union Academy in Bartow, Florida. Fall of 1942 he enrolled at Bethune Cookman College on a football scholarship. He boastfully played defensive tackle and cornerback.
World War II Veteran
Thomas left college early to enter the mandatory armed services draft. He was enlisted in the US Army on March 13, 1943, to serve in World War II. He served his country for three years.
Thomas worked numerous jobs during his lifetime. He worked as a service station manager, a cook in a club, a bar manager and a pest control consultant. He worked for US Steel in the construction department for 29 years. He retired in 1982.
Thomas was saved at an early age. He habitually read his bible daily. Thomas trusted and relied on God until he was summoned to his heavenly home.
Thomas’ most prized accomplishment includes being a devout family man. He was preceded in death by his son Thomas Edward Burnett Sr. His memories will be forever cherished by his two daughters Anita (Edgar) Leonard, Fort Pierce, FL and Jacqueline Lawrence, Rochester, NY; two granddaughters: Tafaya Mays, Rochester, NY and Stephanie Jefferies, Atlanta, GA; three grandsons: Thomas Burnett Jr., Chicago, IL; Namath Robinson, Rochester, NY and Asa Hendrix, Ft. Pierce, FL.; 6 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren. His love and memories will be forever treasured by a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
“I HAVE FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT, I HAVE FINISHED THE RACE, I HAVE KEPT THE FAITH.”
II Timothy 4:7