“Be strong in the Lord and be of good courage”
We had to get a bigger house when Ann was born. Mama and Daddy were very lucky
to obtain the big farmhouse in which Grandpa Lidge and Grandma Lu Shealy had raised
their family. Purchased from Uncle Leroy and given the living rites with Aunt Rosalie,
our parents’ dreams of raising their children and having a farm started with a lot of hard
work. So the story of Ann and the big farmhouse began.
Ann was a sweet, loving, little Daddy’s Girl (her CB handle) who loved to read, play
house, and take care of orphaned baby animals. From chickens, to goats, to pigs, to
whatever would fit in the oatmeal box she had turned into a warm bed for them. Even
fish and turtles, and a squirrel or three! She was delighted to get a real baby brother,
Charles, and later a new baby sister, Kristi, to tend to as her playhouse playmates.
Baptized, confirmed and worshiped with her family. Ann’s Christian faith grew and
matured at St.Peter’s Lutheran Church with great Sunday School teachers, Mrs. Louise
Richardson, Mrs. Alberta Shealy, Aunt Hattie Bess and a thump on the ear by
Grandpap while keeping his eye on her as Mama was playing the piano.
School was fun and Ann made friends easily. Playing basketball for Coach Heyward
Bouknight with Cindy Attaway and Ruth Ellen Mitchell, playing the baritone for B-L
Marching Band, singing All-State Chorus, driving a school bus, the Senior play, student
body Vice-President. Her after school activities included Girl Scouts, 4-H with lifelong
friends Rose Rawl, Linda Bickley and Charles Long, and doing home chores. Her voice
lessons while milking the cow and giving the cats a squirt of milk proved Ann could do
three things at once. Ann loved to hum!
She continued her love of growing plants and working with her hands at Midlands
Technical College where she earned a degree in Horticulture. She worked at
Schneider-Elder with good friend Hilda Wynn. And at Carolina Eastman. Then for the
US Postal Service as a Rural Letter Carrier until she retired. “Peelie” was carrying more
than mail, she was carrying on a family tradition.
Ann was blessed with two beautiful daughters, Amanda and Ashley, and they grew up
way too fast!
Her big heart opened wide to many rescue dogs and cats, Squirrel, Bella, Ginger,
Speck, Tucker, Abigail, Hittie Bell, and Momma Kitty are gonna miss their loving, caring
And so are we! Thank you God for Ann.
Ann is survived by her daughters, Amanda P. Bunting (Charles) and Ashely Peele
(Allen Wahl), her mother Jennie Burkett, sisters Kay B. Covington (Bobby) and Kristi B.
Glass (George). Many nieces and nephews that Ann loved tremendously! Predeceased
by her father Johnnie H. Burkett Sr and brothers Johnnie Jr (Marie) and Charles Burkett
Ann attended Ebenezer United Methodist Church of Swansea where she sang in the
church choir, taught Sunday School and Bible School and helped with many other
church activities and events.
She dearly loved all her family and friends.
Memorial Service planned for Saturday April 10, 2021 at 11 am at Ebenezer United
Methodist Church, 2805 Hwy 178 N, Swansea, SC.
Go in Peace and Serve the Lord
Thanks be to God!
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