Obituary For Mr. Herman Clayton Burnett

Mr. Herman Clayton Burnett, a loving and beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, brother-in-law and friend passed peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends on Sunday, February 27, 2022 after a long courageous battle with Glioblastoma.

His funeral will be held 1:00PM on Monday, March 7, 2022 at Sharpe Road Church of Christ, 2400 Sharpe Rd, Greensboro, NC. Visitations will start 30min prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Park.

Clayton was born to the late Otha Lee Burnett and Mourine Morehead Burnett on September 2, 1947 in Greensboro, NC. He received his education in the Greensboro City school system, graduating from James B. Dudley High School in 1965. After graduating,he joined the US Army. He achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant and served in two foreign countries. He was honorably discharged in 1969. Upon returning home, he worked several jobs while continuing his education. He completed certifications in Business Management from Jefferson College and a teaching certification from North Carolina State University. He spent several years teaching Auto and Diesel Mechanics for Guilford County Schools. He later worked as Director of Environmental Services/ Dietary Services for Womenís Hospital and Annie Penn Hospital. After retiring, his love for cars and relentless work ethic led him to begin working for O'Reilly Auto Parts. Clayton married the love of his life Geraldine Mackey on January 23, 1971. This union was blessed with four children. Kevin, Jamil, Brandon, and Jessica. He was a devoted father, always going the extra mile to teach and set an example for them. Clayton and Geraldine were baptized together, and added to the Church of Christ on August 23, 1984. He was an active and faithful member at Coliseum Boulevard Church of Christ where he taught Adult Bible Classes, was vice president of Outreach Ministries and was a member of the Leadership Advisory Council. In the community, Clayton organized the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club, Greensboro, which memorializes the legacy of the original Buffalo Soldiers. He was President of the club which was chartered in 2007.

Always adventurous, Clayton enjoyed riding his motorcycle and keeping busy in his garage helping others with their car woes. He and Gerald enjoyed taking rides to various historic places, site seeing, and spending time at the beach and mountains.

Clayton was preceded in death by his father Otha Lee Burnett, and his sister Catherine Burnett-Taylor.

Left to cherish his memory is loving and devoted wife of 51 years, Geraldine Mackey Burnett. Four children; Kevin C. Burnett, Columbia, Maryland, Jamil K. Burnett (Shannon), Arlington, Va, Brandon M. Burnett, Greensboro, NC, and Jessica B. Burnett- Garner (Deion), Augusta, GA. His mother, Mourine Burnett, Greensboro, NC, brother Charles Burnett (Gloria), Greenbelt, MD. Grandchildren; Elizabeth and Kristen Burnett, Columbia Maryland, McCaela Burnett and Donavon Freeland, Greensboro NC, Zia and Ava Burnett, Arlington, VA. Brothers-in-law Fred L. Mackey (Brenda), Greensboro, NC, Kayro Lamont Mackey (Victoria), Greensboro, NC. Sister-in-law Theresa L Mackey, Apex, NC. Aunts Beatrice Marsh, Greensboro, NC, Gladys Moore, Greensboro, NC. Along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and cherished friends. Clayton will be greatly missed by family and friends. However, we bow to Godís will and we will forever cherish his memory. Woodard Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements.