Mr. Charlie R. Burnette, Jr.

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Los Angeles, CA

Mr. Charlie Ray Burnette, Jr., 33, of Los Angeles, California, and formerly of Roanoke Rapids, North, fondly known as Nay Nay, was born in Halifax County on June 1, 1984 to Sylvia “Resa” Jarrell and Charles Ray Burnette. Charlie entered into eternal rest on December 25, 2017 at his home in Los Angeles, CA.

At an early age, Charlie was baptized at Shearins Chapel Baptist Church where he was active in the Youth Choir and participated in numerous other youth activities.

Charlie received his formal education in the Halifax County School systems before entering the Job Corps Training Program in Montgomery, AL. While in the program, Charlie discovered his love for caring for others and became a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Phlebotomist. After completing the program, Charlie relocated to Atlanta, GA where he worked as a CNA at Emory Hospital and provided private duty personal care services. While in Atlanta, he also pursued his passion and natural talent of making people laugh through stand-up comedy and performing voiceovers for various companies.His favorite character when performing and creating his own impressions was his Grandma Missy who spoiled him rotten and called him her “Nay Nay” when she held him in her arms as a baby.

Charlie continued his career as a CNA after moving to California. There he worked as a school nursing assistant for children with disabilities at El Monte High School located in El Monte, CA. He also diligently continued his pursuit in the entertainment industry as a comedian and even landed a role on Jimmy Kimmel Live! – Lie Witness News.

Charlie was a very kind and gentle free spirit. He believed in the pursuit of happiness and chasing your dreams. To know him was to laugh and to love him. His laughter and his smile were addictive. No one in his presence left without experiencing a good laugh and having a big smile.

Charlie was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Charlie Burnette, Sr., his paternal great-grandmother, Flora Brooks (Grandma Missy), his paternal aunt, Florine Burnette Jarrell, his maternal grandfather, Woodrow Jarrell, Sr., his maternal great-grandmother, Lillian Dowtin, his maternal great-grandfather, Will Dowtin, his maternal great-uncle, Eugene Jones, and his maternal aunts: Alice Dowtin and Shanell Jarrell.

Those left to cherish his memory are his parents, Sylvia Jarrell and Charles Ray Burnette, both of Roanoke Rapids, NC; his sisters: Patrese Jarrell and Teresa Burnette, both of Greensboro, NC; his maternal grandmother: Marjorie Jarrell, Roanoke Rapids, NC; his paternal grandmother: Iona Burnette, Roanoke Rapids, NC; his maternal great aunts and uncles: Alice Settles (Teddy), Cynthia Pelham (Frank), Carolyn Dowtin, Joe Dowtin, Ronald Dowtin, and Jimmy Dowtin (Catherine); his paternal great-aunt: Martha Bush, Roanoke Rapids, NC; his maternal aunts and uncles: Natascha Speight (Jimmy), Kevin Jarrell (Sharonal), Woodrow Jarrell (Karen), Wallace Jarrell (Annemarie), Spencer Jarrell (Joyce), Gary Jarrell (Valerie), and Bernard Jarrell; his paternal aunts: Marilynn Walls (Bertram), Viola Harris (Milton), Joan Ivey, Linda Kearney, and Kathy Powell (Ricky); his best friend, Yandeh Mundow, and many cousins and friends that loved him very dearly.

A Memorial Service for Mr. Burnette will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 30, 2017, at Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Littleton, NC.

These professional services have been entrusted to H.D. Pope Funeral Home, located at 520 Smith Church Road in Roanoke Rapids, NC.

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