Doris Burnette Burrell

Aug 07, 2013

Doris Burnette Burrell, 83, died Aug. 6.

She was born Sept. 12, 1929 and was preceded in death by her parents William “Joe” Lawrence Burnette and Lillian Trantham Burnette. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Clarence W. Burrell; her four children, William “Randy” Burrell and wife Brona of Asheville, Jeffrey Burrell and wife Lori of Raleigh, David Burrell and wife Melissa of Maggie Valley and Sharon Candler and husband Angelo of Benson; her brother William “Bill” Burnette of Asheville; her 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Doris lived to serve God and others. She was actively involved in her home church, New Covenant, in Clyde. As a tireless servant, she spent herself in the volunteer services of many organizations and Christian ministries.

Doris served her country as a pilot with the Civil Air Patrol during WWII; was a board member of the Salvation Army; a long-time volunteer with the American Red Cross serving North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia; a District President with the American Legion; a Den Mother with the Cub Scouts; and a volunteer with the Girl Scouts and with the Boy Scouts of America, in which she was the 1989 recipient of the Walter Damtoft Award in appreciation of many years of unselfish devotion and distinguished service in promoting the scouting program in the Pigeon River District and the Daniel Boone Council.

Moreover, she gave herself wholeheartedly, and for many years, to the ministries of Lay Witness Mission, Hospice, prison and jail evangelistic outreach, Wycliffe Bible Society, The Gideons International, Christian Believers Union; and; most importantly, to the ministry of prayer and intercession, through which she positively impacted innumerable lives for the cause of Christ.

In 1968 she concluded many years as a substitute teacher, when she went to work with the Waynesville Mountaineer as a journalist. She remained there for 22 years until her retirement.

Doris Burrell’s life was the personifying of the biblical prescripts, “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” and “love your neighbor as yourself.” Her legacy, as confirmed by the countless testimonies of those who came within the scope of her influence, was the practical and relational living out of these commands. She is at home now with the One in whose named she rendered her service, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at New Covenant Church in Clyde with the Rev. Nick Honerkamp and her son, Jeff Burrell, officiating. Burial will follow at Morning Star Community Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9 at Wells Funeral Home in Canton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Haywood County (127 Sunset Ridge Rd., Clyde, NC 28721) and The Gideons International (Haywood East Camp, P.O. Box 1204, Canton, NC 28716).

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