- Cullman, Alabama

July 20, 2013

Dr. William Eolin Burkett

The Cullman Times

— Dr. William Eolin Burkett

Dr. William Eolin Burkett , 84, of Warrior passed away Thursday, July 18, 2013.  He was a former superintendent of the Jefferson County School System. He was an ordained Baptist minister serving numerous churches as an interim pastor. He received his BS and MA degree from Memphis State. Also, he was inducted into the Memphis State Sports Hall of Fame. He received his education doctorate from the University of Alabama. The Burkett Center Multi-Handicap School is named for Dr. Burkett. In 1989, he retired from the Alabama Army National Guard with the rank of colonel.  

Dr. Burkett was preceded in death by his siblings: Barbara, Ruth, Pat, Harold and Norman.

He is survived by his wife, Cherrell Burkett; daughters, Pam (Joe) Horton and Jan Gaines; sons, Mike (Ginger), Mark (Leigh) and Bill (Sandy); 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and his siblings, Maxine, Charles and James.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the New Gardendale Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at the funeral home, with burial in Oakwood Memorial Gardens.

The family requests memorials be made to the Burkett Center Multi-Handicap School. New Gardendale Funeral Home is directing.