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Helen Lee Johnson

December 18, 1934 ~ October 28, 2020

Services will be held: November 1, 2020

Naomi Jeanette Hord Thornton

April 12, 1932 ~ October 28, 2020

Services will be held: Private

Allyson Nicole Puskar

September 20, 1980 ~ October 25, 2020

Services will be held: November 7, 2020

Vara Hayes Fish

September 22, 1930 ~ October 27, 2020

Services will be held: October 30, 2020

Wayne Beale Lewter, Sr.

July 20, 1939 ~ October 27, 2020

Services will be held: October 31, 2020

Justin Tyler White

November 09, 1990 ~ October 22. 2020

Services will be held: November 8, 2020

Madge Lorraine Conis Creasy

Dec. 2, 1922 ~ Oct. 25, 2020

Services will be held:

Bonifacio Diego Gomez

June 5, 1974 ~ October 24, 2020

Services will be held: October 28, 2020

Sylvia Satisky Burnette

May 14, 1933 ~ September 30, 2020

RALEIGH – Sylvia Satisky Burnette went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. Sylvia, age 87, passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on May 14, 1933, to the late Lula Sutton Satisky and Maurice Satisky.

In addition to her parents, Sylvia was also preceded in death by her sister, Rita Farmer; and her beloved granddaughter, Chelsea Szerelmey.

She is survived by Claiborn Burnette, the love of her life and husband of 65 years; sons, George (Susan) and Mike (Misty); sister, Penny Parker (Rick); grandchildren, Brian Burnette (Monica), George Burnette, Jr. (Catie), James Burnette; and one great-grandchild, Weston Szerelmey.

After a long career as the executive assistant to the regional vice-president of Norfolk Southern Railroad, Sylvia and Claiborn spent their retirement years traveling the United States and many countries throughout the world. Sylvia was a longtime member of Trinity United Methodist Church, now Open Table United Methodist Church and cherished the friendships made and bonds forged there. She was a shining example of servanthood, and even in her later years enjoyed volunteering. Sylvia devoted her life to her family and friends and was happiest when spending time with them.

Due to the pandemic, a private graveside service for the family will be held at Historic Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Sylvia’s memory to Open Table United Methodist Church, 824 N. Bloodworth St., Raleigh, NC 27604; or to Transitions LifeCare, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.

Arrangements are by Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Raleigh. Online condolences may be made at www.bryan-leefuneralhome.com




Historic Oakwood Cemetery
701 Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, NC 27601


  1. Phil Mullinax

    I am so profoundly saddened by Sylvia’s passing. I am so honored that to have Sylvia as a member of Trinity’s choir for the time I was there and most of all to call her my friend. She was so supportive of my music ministry and it was always a blessing to see her a Claiborne at my concerts with my school choirs. She was such a blessing to my life and all who knew her. May she rest in peace in the arms of our Savior. My deepest condolences.

  2. Gail Parrish

    Somehow, I thought she would live forever. What a wonderful friend

  3. Ellen & Ricky Knox

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all the Family ❤️🙏❤️May God grant you peace, strength and comfort. Love and many hugs💕

  4. Ellen & Ricky Knox

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all the Family ❤️🙏❤️May God give you peace m, strength and comfort ❤️Sending much love and many hugs.

  5. kenneth w barrow

    I never know what to say at this time to the people she loved so much.
    All my prayers to you to help ease the pain
    love ken

  6. Rebecca Nelson

    Always loved Sylvia❤

  7. Dan & Katherine Taylor

    Our condolences go out to all the family. Our memories of Sylvia are special, she was a wonderful person. May God provide you with strength and comfort in the days ahead. Our love goes out, especially to Claiborn and Penny, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Dan & Katherine

  8. John Kinney

    What a great lady as a wife, mom, friend and Trinity Church supporter.
    Know you are in our thought’s and prayers.
    Rest in peace my friend.

  9. Jeanette and Dennis Hart

    Jeanette, Wesley, Taylor and I were so devastated to see this sad news this morning. We are all sending our prayers and love to all of the family during this time of sorrow. We all know that Sylvia will be celebrating with the Lord now and she and Dot will definitely be hugging each other reminiscing about all of the Eastern Shore trips. Knowing your faith, we know that although the days are tough, they are also a time of celebration knowing she is with the Lord. Love, hugs and prayers for all of you.

  10. Butch Rhodes

    I thank God for giving me a friend like Sylvia. Her love and faithfulness to Christ ensured her a place in his kingdom where there is no more pain, only joy.

  11. Lori Belote Williams

    I am devastated to hear this news. You all are part of my best memories of growing up with Aunt Dot and Uncle Bill. Claiborn, you are in my warmest thoughts and prayers. Love you both.

  12. Becky Parrish Green

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Burnette family. Sylvia was such a great lady. Her love and caring for others shone brightly. She will be greatly missed. Love and hugs to all of the family.
    Becky and Danny Green

  13. Dwayne, Susan, Allen and Katie Mullins

    It was our blessing knowing Sylvia. Her sweet smile always greeted us. She raised the sweetest family. We will miss her dearly. Our prayers are with all of the family at this time.
    Love you guys !!

  14. Sandra Smith Morgan

    Claiborne and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this time of loss.
    Love in Christ,
    Ted and Sandra Smith Morgan, Micro

  15. Anne Mllinax

    I remember Sylvia while I attended the church she always had a lovely presence.Love and prayers to you!

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