Thursday, December 14, 2017

Mary Sue Banks Burnett (1936 - 2017)

Mary Sue Banks Burnett, passed away on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at Hospice of Union County with her beloved husband by her side.

She was born on September 29, 1936, a native of Charlotte, NC at St. Peters Hospital in Charlotte, daughter to the late Thomas Richard Banks and Edith Sue Harris Banks. Mary Sue received her high school diploma from Charlotte Central High School, Class of 1954. Pursuing her love of teaching, she went on to receive her undergraduate in Education from Appalachian State University in 1958 and her Master's in Education from the University of Alabama in 1963. Mary Sue had 50 years in elementary education starting in Alabama followed by teaching in Memphis, TN and Erie, PA. She returned to Charlotte, NC to continue teaching for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system and later became Principal at Billingsley Elementary, and later at Starmount Academy and finally at Windsor Elementary School where she remained until her retiring in 2007.

She was a fantastic wife and wonderful mother and grandmother. In recent years Mary Sue enjoyed attending the monthly class luncheons at Jimmy's with her fellow 1954 graduates of Charlotte Central High School. She was a musician, playing the violin, piano, bassoon and other instruments. Mary Sue was always planting flowers, bushes, shrubs, grass or trees. She particularly enjoyed traveling, visiting many countries in Western and Central Europe. The Surfside Beach "beach house" was another favorite place to relax and enjoy the grandsons. She always accompanied her husband on numerous business trips and conventions. Mary Sue was a member of Myers's Park Methodist Church in Charlotte. She will be remembered for her devotion to teaching, even well beyond her career years, teaching academics to her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband Clyde R. Burnett of the home; sons Steven F. Burnett (Marie Beth) of Raleigh, Christopher R. Burnett (Becky) of Charlotte; grandsons Ryan A. Burnett (Brenda) of Birmingham, AL, Anthony R. Burnett and Christopher A. Burnett of Charlotte; and sister Mrs. Marge Drier of Ocala, FL.

Visitation will be held from 12:00 PM until 12:45 PM on Friday, December 15, 2017 at Heritage Funeral Home, Weddington Chapel, 3700 Forest Lawn Drive, Matthews, NC 28104. Graveside services will follow at 1:00 PM at Forest Lawn East Cemetery.

The family acknowledges and is grateful for the care and compassion given to Mary Sue by Hospice of Union County and asks that memorials in lieu of flowers be made to Hospice of Union County, 700 West Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe, NC 28110.

Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Funeral Home, Weddington. An online guestbook is available at
> This is the contact information we have:
> Mr. Clyde Burnett
> 5320 Beritstrasse Ct.
> Charlotte, NC 28277
> Telephone 704/846-8619>