James C. "Jimmy" Burkett, 68, a lifelong resident of Somerset passed away on Monday November 25, 2013 at the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital following a brief illness.
He was born in Somerset, Ky., on September 22, 1945 to the late Henry T. and Lillie M. Bland Burkett. He was united in marriage to Patsy Blevins on November 18, 1967 in Somerset, Ky. To this union was born two daughters, Melissa Phelps (and Dusty), Somerset, Ky., and Jennifer Campbell (and David) London, Ky. He was blessed with four wonderful grandchildren, Noah A., Jacob, Samuel Phelps and Gracie Campbell.
Jimmy is survived by a brother, William "Bill" Burkett, and one sister Irene Boyer, both of Somerset. Jimmy is also survived by a special niece April Meece and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Eyvind and his wife Lillian; sisters Alodine and her husband
Delrue Bland, Genice and her husband Wilson Mink, and Onieda and her husband Don Whitaker and Jean Burkett. Two nieces and nephews also preceded him in death.
Jimmy was a faithful member of Immanuel Baptist Church. He was a former Sunday School teacher and Church bus driver. In his leisure he could be found studying his bible. He enjoyed life was always happy, an optimist and had a great spirit. He was a loyal and devoted husband, father, brother and an outstanding Papaw. He was loved by all who knew him. He also enjoyed hunting, caring for his animals, besides being a talented and meticulous masonry contractor he enjoyed carpentry. Jimmy was an avid Kentucky Wildcat fan.
Visitation for Jimmy will be held Friday, November 29, 2013 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the chapel of Somerset Undertaking and Crematory.
A service celebrating the life of James C. "Jimmy" Burkett will be held on Saturday November 30, 2013 in the chapel of Somerset Undertaking Co. and Crematory at 11 a.m. with brothers Danny Pace and Don Jones officiating.