Gussie Belle Burnett, 78, retired school librarian

Gussie Belle Burnett
Gussie Belle Burnett

Gussie Belle Burnett, 78, accepted the heavenly call to eternal rest Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. She was born Dec. 18, 1939, to the late Mary Davis and Fred Williams in Augusta, Georgia.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Edward “Eddie” Burnett; stepson, Jack Alston; two siblings, Bert Kelly and Jheri Davis; and two grandchildren, Isaiah Burnett and Yvette Alston.

Gussie attend public schools in New York. She received her B.A. degree from Rutgers University in 1977 and her Master’s in Education from Jersey City State University in 1991.

Gussie met and fell in love with Eddie Burnett in 1964. They married in 1971 and from that union two children were born, Tiffany and Edward Jr. They were longtime residents of Newark, New Jersey, until they retired and moved to Virginia Beach in 2006.

Gussie retired after 18 years of service with the Newark Board of Education, where she began as a substitute teacher and became a librarian. She was a former member of Brown’s Chapel, Newark, New Jersey; and Union Baptist Church, Virginia Beach, VA.

She leaves to cherish her memory, children, Tiffany Burnett and Edward Burnett Jr., Lillian Alston, Leona Burnett and Ed Alston; grandchildren, Itamir, Jymir and Isaiah Burnett, Joycelyn (Derrick), Trisha (James), Gina, Raheem, Anisah, Trevor, Bill and Ayonnah and Shonte Smith; great-grandchildren, Ravi, Khaaliq, Tamirah, Jasmine, Justin, Jantae, Shakirah, Kayla, Davonte, Shariya, Tariq and Mekhi; great-great-grandchildren, Taniya, Heavenly, Kori, Nasir, Jailah and Jair; godchildren, Renee Howell Derek Howell Jr., Grace Kelly, Talnisha Smith and Tyrone Hart; special nephews, Curtis Burnett, Theodore Baker, Derek Howell Sr. and Xavier Howell; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Aug. 13, at Beach Funeral & Cremation Services Inc., 4456 Bonney Road,
Virginia Beach. A celebration of life service will follow visitation at 1 p.m. Interment will be held at 3 p.m. in Colonial Grove Memorial Park, 3445 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach.

Share online condolences with the family at Beach Funeral Services.

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