November 11, 2013

Reginald Burnett

Mr. Reginald Burnett passed away Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at Hamilton Medical Center. Born Feb. 6, 1934, in Birstall, Yorkshire, England, he was the son of the late Mabel Teanby Burnett and John Allen Burnett.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Newton Burnett (nee McDonald); sister, Kathleen Millman; first wife, Patricia G. Burnett (nee Elmes); children, Kathleen and Tinker Tancrede, and Mark Burnett and Nancy Burnett; stepchildren, Debra and Bob Prevesk, Denise Newton, Danny Newton, and Deanne and Jerry Johnson, all of Dalton; grandchildren, Stephen Tancrede (fiancée Jessica Neumann), Levi Carroll, Andree McCuiston (husband Jon), Tosha Martinez (husband Juan), Mark Shaheen (wife Shealy), Maria Shaheen, Brent Jewell (wife Jill), Mathew Jewell, Stephanie Brock, Stephen Jewell, Chance Arnold, Caleb Arnold, Kaycee Buzzo (husband Fabrizzio) and Kellie Davies (husband Josh); 17 great-grandchildren; English family niece, Anne Margetts (husband Richard); nephew, David Millman (wife Anne); their children and his RBI family and friends.

In 1951, Reg Burnett was the youngest pilot to serve as an officer in the Royal Air Force. Mr. Burnett came to the United States in 1957 and was proud to become a citizen in 1979. He established RBI International Carpet Consultants in 1967 and was managing president until his retirement in 2002. He is known worldwide in the carpet industry. Reg has been an active participant in the community as a member of the Dalton Rotary Club, Whitfield Healthcare Foundation and Dalton-Whitfield Library board. He was on the board of directors of two local banks, an original member of the Dalton Businessmen’s Dinner Club and active in the Ellijay and Dalton Woodworker clubs. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and president of the Friendship Sunday school class.

Visitation will be in the Dalton First United Methodist Church atrium on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. with a celebration of life service to follow at 4 p.m. with Dr. Robin Lindsey and the Rev. Kenny Ott officiating.

Inurnment will be in the church columbarium.

Please omit flowers. Memorials may be made to Dalton First United Methodist Church, 500 N. Thornton Ave., Dalton, GA 30720, or to your favorite charity.

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Love Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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