Herbert Douglas Burgett Sr

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Herbert Douglas Burgett Sr., 89, husband of Rebecca Westmoreland Burgett, and a resident of Columbia, passed away Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at NHC-Hillview.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, Feb. 11, in the chapel of Heritage Funeral Home with Bro. Wendell Robinson officiating. Burial followed in Lone Oak Cemetery in Lewisburg.

Pallbearers were John Carnahan, Eric Carnahan, Joey Burgett, Jesse Burgett, Evan Allen Jr., and Trey Vaughn. Honorary pallbearers were Howard Coker, Larry Ross, Dave Peterson, Bill Marsh, Robin Jack, and Dr. Daniel Birchmore.

Mr. Burgett was born on Aug. 22, 1923, in Lincoln County and was the son of the late John David Cecil and Elma Dee Crabtree Burgett. Doug was a man of faith, and a Christian for over 65 years. He worshipped with the Graymere Church of Christ in Columbia, was a member of the Lewisburg Rotary Club for many years, and was a graduate of Cornersville High School.

Doug served our country in the United States Army during WWII. His tour of duty took him to North Africa, Italy, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia. He made three invasions with the 45th Infantry Division: Salerno, Anzio, and Southern France. At the end of the war, he had logged 500 days of combat. He was a lifetime member of the 45th Infantry Division Association and also a member of the American Legion.

He married the former Rebecca Westmoreland on Feb. 16, 1947, and his death came one week prior to their 67th wedding anniversary. Mr. Burgett attended Columbia Business College and received a diploma and an achievement award from American Savings and Loan Institute and served as president of Nashville Chapter 130. He retired after 32 years of service as loan officer and vice president for First Federal Savings and Loan in Lewisburg. He attended the school for executive development at the University of Georgia College of Business Administration and served on the Board for Selective Service in the '60s. He also served on the board of directors of First Federal Savings and Loan of Lewisburg for 16 years.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Burgett was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth "Dawn" Vaughn; three brothers, J.C. Burgett Sr., Sloan Burgett, and Phil Burgett; and a sister, Hazel Chapman.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Dona Carnahan (Howard Gower) and Diane (Evan) Allen, both of Columbia; a son, Herbert Douglas (Sheila) Burgett Jr. of Moss Point, Miss.; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; son-in-law, CH (CPT) Trey Vaughn of Ft. Campbell, Ky.; and brother-in-law, James (Nema) Westmoreland of Oklahoma City, Okla.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of NHC-Hillview, Dr. Cummins Couch, Nurse Practitioner Karen Perry, and the entire staff of Hospice Compassus.

Heritage Funeral Home assisted the family and was in charge of local arrangements.

You may share condolences with the family at the Heritage Funeral Home website www.TnFunerals.com.