Melba LoRita Burnett

of Mt. Pleasant, AR

May 6, 1931 - March 31, 2024

Melba LoRita (Thornburg) Burnett, 92, of Mt. Pleasant passed away Sunday, March 31, 2024.

She was born May 6, 1931 in Joy, Texas to Clarence A Thornburg and Mildred (Smith) Thornburg.

LoRita was a member of Mount Pleasant Southern Baptist Church and the wife of a Southern Baptist Minister. She also taught Adult Sunday School, loved studying the Bible and was involved in Women's Mission activities. She was a Histotechnologist. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, knitting, bird watching, and flowers. She also loved working on family genealogy, Old Westerns and reading.

Survivors include her children, Leland Burnett (Kris), Clarence ''Jim'' Burnett (Gayle), David Burnett (Belinda), and Mary Qualls (Bruce); eleven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dr. Joe David Burnett; and two brothers, CE Thornburg and Wilton Thornburg ''Bud''.

Pallbearers will be her grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of Mt. Pleasant Southern Baptist Church.

Funeral services will begin at 10:00am Thursday, April 4, 2024 at Mt. Pleasant Southern Baptist Church with Bruce Qualls officiating. Burial will follow at Barren Fork Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00pm Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at Roller-Crouch Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made in her honor to Arkansas Baptist Homes for Children, 9701 West Markham St, Little Rock, AR 72205.

Service Information
Roller-Crouch Funeral Home
510 E. College Ave.
Batesville,  AR 72501
4/3/2024 at 5:00-7:00pm
Funeral Service
Mount Pleasant Southern Baptist Church
99 Pearl Drive
Mount Pleasant,  AR 72561
4/4/2024 at 10:00am

Barren Fork Cemetery

Mount Pleasant, AR 72561

Memorial Contributions
Arkansas Baptist Homes for Children
9701 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205

Obituary Provided By:
Roller-Crouch Funeral Home
510 College Avenue
Batesville, AR  72501