Edna Joyner Burkett

November 16, 1935 - November 28, 2023

11/16/1935 - 11/28/2023

Past Services

Visitation
Saturday December 02, 2023
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Menola Baptist Church in Woodland, North Carolina
932 Menola St. John Road
Woodland, NC 27897
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Funeral Service
Saturday December 02, 2023
2:00 pm
Menola Baptist Church in Woodland, North Carolina
932 Menola St. John Road
Woodland, NC 27897
Directions
Cemetery
Saturday December 02, 2023
2:45 pm
Woodland Cemetery, Woodland, North Carolina

WOODLAND, NC – Edna Joyner Burkett, a beloved wife, mother, and devoted Christian, passed away peacefully on November 28, 2023, at ECU Health Roanoke Chowan Hospital in Hertford County, North Carolina. She was born on November 16, 1935, a daughter of James Henry Joyner and Mary Rebecca Miles Joyner. Edna was blessed with a long and fulfilling life, reaching the age of 88 at the time of her passing.

Edna began her professional career as a bookkeeper in the automotive industry at Marsh Chevrolet which later became Charles H Jenkins. Her diligent work ethic and attention to detail were well known, earning her the respect and admiration of her colleagues. Beyond her professional endeavors, Edna found joy and solace in tending to her yard. She took great pride in maintaining its immaculate appearance and could often be seen working there at any given time. Alongside her gardening passion, Edna also had a talent for cooking. She was renowned for her delectable peanut butter cakes and unforgettable banana pudding, leaving a lasting impression on all who were fortunate enough to taste her creations. Edna’s faith played an integral role in her life, and she was an active member of Menola Baptist Church. Her unwavering devotion to Christianity shaped her character, making her a strong and compassionate woman.

Edna is survived by her beloved husband of 65 years, William Burkett, her daughter Hope Burkett of Manteo, and her siblings: Shirley Joyner of Ahoskie, Brenda Joyner (Russell) White of Seaboard, Sidney Joyner of Woodland, and Moochie (Nancy) Joyner of Ahoskie, as well as her sisters-in-law: Debbie (Jerry) Coleson of Greenville, Betty Burkett of Lititz, PA, and Jeanette Burkett of Havelock. She also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins who will cherish her memory. Along with her parents, Edna is preceded in death by a sister, Frances Joyner Gunnells, and a brother, Donald Lee Joyner.

A visitation for Edna will be held on December 2, 2023, at 1:00 pm at Menola Baptist Church, followed by a celebration of life memorial service at 2:00 pm. Reverend Willie McLawhorn will officiate the service. Inurnment will take place at Woodland Cemetery.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Rich Square Chapel is honored to be handling the arrangements for the Burkett family, and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting www.garrettsykesfs.com.

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Capt. Charles Wheeler
2 months ago

I am greatly saddened to learn of Edna’s passing on November 28th. I moved into my new home in April of 2022 and Edna was the first person to visit me and extend a heartfelt welcome to the town and the neighborhood. She was so very kind and thoughtful for the short time I knew her with a genuine smile that made me feel very welcome here. There are countless things that I will miss about her. Her friendship is clearly irreplaceable, and I will grieve her loss for some time to come. My sincere condolences to William, Hope, and all of her family in this difficult time. She is at peace now and this fact should comfort us all in some way.

Debbie Wheeler Martin
2 months ago

I am so sorry to hear about Miss Edna. I have known her for a very long time. She played the organ at my wedding and she was a very good friend of my Mama’s. Thoughts and prayers are with Mr William, Hope and the family. May God guide and direct them at this most difficult time.

Dr. John O Devereaux , Jr
2 months ago

Please accept my heartfelt condolences to the family/relatives. We are Edna’s neighbor across the street.
When we first arrived here in our house in Woodland, North Carolina on December 23, 2020 just about 2 hours later, a white, well-dressed elderly lady showed up, introduced herself and was carrying loads of food. I thought she was wearing a red Balenciaga suit. It was a long journey for us since we drove across the country from Palm Springs, California to Woodland, North Carolina. With 3 dogs and 14 or more birds in 3 cages, and even with 3 overnight stopovers, we were exhausted. To be warmly greeted by such pleasant elderly lady, and bearing warm food and homemade pies, it was soothing, comforting, and what a breath of fresh air. She gave us a great impression about folks of Woodland, North Carolina. That was the beginning of a great friendship. She protected us, always letting us know if some strangers or cars driving through our property if not lurking in the bushes. She’ll call us. She always thought about us, knocked our door, brought freshly harvested peaches, strawberries or vegetables. She’s filled with love and generosity. That must be what I read about “Southern Hospitality” which we call in my home state of Hawaii, the “Aloha Spirit”. She’s a strong lady, not just her spirit but even physically, as she regularly mowed her lawn with her mowing tractor, brought out and in their own trash bins, and managed her own beautiful garden. A beautiful garden specially behind her house. And there were many more that she did independently. Someone called her, “Steel Magnolia” and I couldn’t agree more.
She always waved and honked to acknowledged us whenever she saw us on our yard. She loved my Christmas lights and Christmas trees. She always told me that it cheers her up. She’s always attended our Holiday gatherings whether it was cold or raining. She loved Christmas. She was always well dressed when she goes out or go to the Sunday buffet. We’ve only known her for almost three years but I felt we’ve known her for a long time. I could say many more wonderful things about her. We will miss her a lot. For us as a newcomer of Woodland, NC., she’s one of the best thing that ever happened to us. Meeting a wonderful, hospitable, gracious, kind, and generous lady. May she Rest in Peace! We love her!

Bill Crockett
2 months ago

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of our beloved neighbor. Her welcome when we moved in across the street included her Peanut Butter Cake. She was a marvelous lady.