George E. Burnett dies at 80 was former Shore councilman

November 13, 1990

A memorial service for George E. Burnett, a former Wicomico County councilman and tire dealer, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Crystal River, Fla.

Mr. Burnett, who was 80, died Friday of cancer at a hospital in Crystal River.

He was a resident of Salisbury before moving to Florida about four years ago, and he will be honored at a vesper service at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Salisbury.

He retired 15 years ago as a partner in what was then known as Burnett-White, the tire company and recapping plant he and two partners started just after World War II.

Born in New York City and reared in Rockville Center, N.Y., he was a graduate of the University of Virginia and served as an officer in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II.

He served as manager of a confectionery store in Waverly before the war and settled in Salisbury after leaving the service.

The Democrat was twice elected to the Salisbury City Council in the 1950s, but his service was interrupted when he was recalled to active duty in the Navy for a year during the Korean War.

He served on the Wicomico County Council in the 1960s and 1970s and was a supporter of the charter that was adopted in the 1960s.

He had also served as president of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, the Salisbury Lions Club and the local United Way.

A former member of the vestry at St. Peter's Church, he also served on the board of the local chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

He is survived by his wife, the former Gertrude Rhinehart; two sons, K. King Burnett of Mardela Springs and George E. Burnett Jr. of Salisbury; a sister, Florence M. Burnett of Towson; and four grandchildren.

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