Our students are the heart of the Georgia School of Preaching and Biblical Studies. That's why our hearts break when one of them passes from this life. We take comfort in knowing, though, that those who died in the Lord are now at peace. As John recorded by Divine inspiration, "Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, 'Write: 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.'' 'Yes,' says the Spirit, 'that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.'" (Revelation 14:13).
In Memory of
May 10, 1957 - October 1, 2020
Jerome Edward Burnett Sr. was a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, born a twin and one of eight children. Throughout most of his life and particularly in high school, he was actively involved in sports. He and his twin brother were on the wrestling team, which won a championship. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp in 1975. Upon discharge, he worked as a Welder, then obtained a job as a Field Service Technician for the Philadelphia Gas Company, where he remained for 31 years until his retirement in 2013.
He obeyed the gospel and was baptized into Christ in 2005, and was an active member of the Lord’s church. Jerome met Roslyn Johnson in 2010 at a Lectureship held in Philadelphia. After a long-distance courtship, they married in 2012. They worked together as a team in sharing the gospel to others, taking classes together at The Georgia School of Preaching and Biblical Studies, and worked together in other area of ministry, especially as active members of the Shannon Church of Christ. He taught adult and children bible classes, occasionally preached, worked with the youth, assisted in organizing worship services, distributed visitor packets, and wherever he was needed to serve.
He began taking classes at The Georgia School of Preaching and Biblical Studies in 2014, including classes in Sermon Preparation and Delivery. He always had a zeal for learning God’s word and sharing it with others, including filling in preaching and teaching at other congregations when needed. He made himself available to assist others, whether giving advice, helping out with the work of the church, giving of his means, or words of encouragement. There have been occasions when he would personally finance youth outings and items for church events as part of his giving nature. He would even get a list of all the children’s birthdays in the congregation so he could give them birthday cards and put money in them.
He touched and inspired so many lives through his kindness, gentleness, compassion, sense of humor, humility, outgoing personality (he never met a stranger), loving, and encouraging spirit. He could light up a room with his bright smile, humor, and had a zest for life that would brighten anyone’s day. He had a love for sports, cooking, gardening, music, swimming, physical fitness, and reading. He especially enjoyed debating with denominational people online about the gospel of Christ.
He was a loyal and loving husband and father, a favorite brother, uncle, cousin, brother-in-law, and son-in-law. He was a best friend, co-worker, patient, neighbor, and customer. He was a dog lover also. He was a beloved teacher and student of the word, a Christian, and servant of God. His positive influence and legacy will live on in the lives of others (Rev 14:13). He is greatly missed as being truly a blessing, and we thank God for his life.