My dear brother, Burnett Cooper Smith departed these earthly bounds to be received in heaven by his Lord and Savior on Thursday, February 4, 2021, at the age of 71. Burnett was born August 12, 1949, at Tampa General Hospital. He lived his entire life in Tampa, Florida. He never married or had children. As children, we never had much to play with, but always had outdoor fun, riding our bikes, playing jacks, marbles, tag games, cops & robbers, cowboys & Indians, if it could be played outdoors we played it in that great Florida sunshine. He was a humble man gentle easy-going, kind, and a little bit shy. Burnett was of the Baptist Faith. He graduated from King High School in Temple Terrace, Florida in 1968 at age 19. He was preceded in death by his mother Annie Sue Patton Croteau, grandparents John and Annie Bell Baker-Patton, and stepfather Jim Croteau. Survived by his sister Donnis Lorraine Smith Walters-Kalb (Chuck) of Alabaster, Alabama; niece, Michelle Denise Walters Paradiso (Michael) of Birmingham, Alabama, and many cousins across the USA. Burnett was drafted into the Army in the Summer of 1970 at age 21 and was a Veteran of the Vietnam War, and Honorably Discharged. That war took a toll on his mind and body and left him with PTSD. There was no care for him and so many others like him at that time. We all wished Burnett a better life, not the one that he was dealt. It was a shame the way these Veterans were treated when they came home. " So sad " We are at peace in our hearts that he will be whole again in God's House. I have shed a river of tears for him. He was loved and will be missed. My brother was a resident of Adult Family Care for the last five years, thank you Tonya Nelson for all your support, love, and care. He fell ill on September 9, 2020, and enter VA Medical Hospital, we were told he suffers from a septic shock to his body, VA was very good at keeping us informed. Appreciate all doctors, nurses, and staff for their service, unfortunately, he got COVID19, his immune system was so weak he could not recover. On October 31, 2020, he enter Valencia Hills Medical and Rehab Center in Lakeland, Florida. In The short time that he was there, all the doctors, nurses, and staff were excellent with the kindness, care, and attention they gave to Burnett. Calling us just so we knew what was going on, I still cried every day. We will be forever grateful. The last week of his life that we spent with him was a blessing from God. Good Shepard Hospice and Chaplain Tom Johnson were wonderful. Tom visits, talks prayers and supports Burnett, Chuck, and me during this difficult time. You touch our lives. My brother passed calmly and peacefully in the afternoon of the day we left to come home. Brother, I can just see your handsome face, laughing eyes, and sweet smile as your enter our Heavenly Fathers Kingdom. Graveside service will be held at Rose Hill Memorial Park, 4406 East Chelsea Avenue, Tampa, Florida on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at 11:00 am. officiated by Chaplain Jan Breslin of LifePath Hospice.
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MacDonald Funeral Home
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