Doris Lillian White Burkett, 82, of Savannah, GA passed away on May 27, 2017. Under hospice care at Savannah Square Senior Living Community, she was patiently waiting for her next birthday. As fate would have it, she was just 8 hours short of her 83rd birthday. Doris was born in Gilkey, NC and was preceded in death by her father, William Roland White and her mother, Dovie Louisa Koone White. Doris was a graduate of the University of North Carolina with a degree in nursing and was a RN. In her later years of life in Savannah, Doris was a longtime volunteer of the ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve) locally, and was one of the earliest volunteers of USO Savannah.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Edgar Monroe Burkett, of Savannah. Doris was also blessed to have two wonderful daughters with Ed, Leslie Burkett Bush (Mitchell) of Savannah, GA and Lori Gay Burkett, of Suwanee, GA. In addition, Doris was also the grandmother of Kempton & Maren Bryan, of Suwanee and grandmother of Wesley Bush (Jolly) of Savannah, GA. Doris also leaves behind three sisters, Reba Conklin, Sharmel Paschal and Hazel Quate and her brother-in-law, David R. Burkett and his wife, Dot. Doris also leaves behind her long time family caregiver, Renei Smith, of Savannah, GA.
The family would also like to express thanks to Mr. Keith Munger, and his wonderful staff at Spanish Oaks Hospice, for being with Doris in her final days. Special thanks to Tonya McLeod and Ashlee Griffin of Spanish Oak Hospice, as well, for their support during the final hours. And last but not least, the family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Savannah Square for the unbelievable care they provided over the last several months. The family was appreciative of the daily prayers of Nurse Mary Loper at Savannah Square and for the help of Nurse Gigi Roque. The care that these two groups offered Doris provided great solace in her fight with Alzheimer's.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 2:00pm at Friendship Baptist Church with Rev. Wayne Burkett officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: Alzheimer's Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.