Homegoing celebration services were held for Wendell D. Burkett at 2:00 p.m. from St. Paul Church of God In Christ on Highway 121 South in Surrency. He transitioned from earth to eternity on Saturday, May 17, 2014.
Wendell was born Oct. 17, 1957 in Baxley to the union of the late Jethar Burkett and the late Gussie Mae Alderman Burkett. Grandparents, Robert and Vinia Neville-Alderman and Coree and Will Harding, all of whom preceded him in death.
His Christian experience began at Surrency Grove Baptist Church where he was an active member and later in 1989 he moved his membership to Tabernacle Deliverance Holy Ghost Temple in Christ Church. Burkett worked faithfully for 17 years as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and later became a minister. Apostle Burkett’s first assignment as a pastor began in Hazlehurst and he served three years before becoming pastor of Absolute Truth Ministries in Nicholls from 1995 until God called him home.
Burkett attended elementary school in Surrency. He graduated from Appling Consolidated High School and attended Fort Valley State College.
On Oct. 17, 1980 he was united in matrimony to Doris Goethie Burkett. To this union was born four children, Candace Burkett, Crystal (Jermaine) Blaine, Sylvia and Isaiah Burkett, all of Surrency; three sisters, Phyllis Cray of Wilmington, Delaware, Lawanna Burkett of Baxley and Reba Cash of Surrency; two brothers, Milus Burkett and Simeon (Lillie) Burkett of Surrency; two aunts and uncle, Vera J. George, Minnie A. Barnes and Charles Alderman; four grandchildren, Xavier, Brooklyn, Destiny and Jeremiah; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Apostle Alfred Solomon was the officiating minister and Apostle Leviticus Moore was the eulogist. Interment followed in Surrency Grove Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were cousins and friends.
Honorary pallbearers were members of Absolute Truth Ministries.
Musical selections were rendered by the Fellowship Choir, and Prophetess Karla James.
The Absolute Truth Dance Ministry “A Chosen Few” ministered through worship and dance.