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Interment following funeral service

First Baptist Church of Old Fort
Sunday January 17th, 2021

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Yancey Street Baptist Church
Sunday January 17th, 2021

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Sherry Nova Burnette



Sherry Nova Hendley Burnette, 74, of Old Fort, North Carolina, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at her residence.


A native of McDowell County, she was born on July 22, 1946 to the late Gene and Marian Thompson Hendley.


Sherry retired from BellSouth after 32 years of service. Following retirement, she worked in the Old Fort Post Office. Sherry was very active in her church, First Baptist Church of Old Fort, and her community. She was the executive director for the Old Fort Crisis Ministry, and she served with Meals on Wheels until her death. She enjoyed taking care of her farm and spending time with her precious granddaughter.


She is survived by her husband, Al Burnette; her daughter, Nova Effler (Robbie); granddaughter, Erika Effler; three siblings, Sharon (Don) McClure, Terry (Delores) Hendley, and Max (Lanie) Hendley; and her nieces and nephews, Kristi Lawing, Kyle McClure, Daana McMahan, Carla Ellis, and Jennie Lonon.


A funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Old Fort with Rev. Drew Dalton officiating. Interment will follow in Cherry Springs Memorial Park.




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I'm so very sorry for your loss. Sherry was such a giving person. Her selflessness and presence will be missed here in Old Fort.

Margaret Fretwell Jan 19 2021 12:00 AM

Nova, A Christain Mama is such a blessing and that describes Sherry. She was a doer and did not want credit for her deeds. She has her rewards now in the presence of the Lord. Our prayers are with Al, you, Erika, and Robbie. We are praying for Terry, Sharon, and Max and all the family. May God blanket each of you with his love and give you grace and strength.
Love and Prayers

Dwight and Genell Effler Jan 17 2021 12:00 AM

Heartfelt thoughts and prayers for all at this sad time of loss!

Kimberly Morrison -Lord Jan 17 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Sherry Burnette

Arlene Sowers Jan 17 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Sherry Burnette

Kimberly Chambers Jan 17 2021 12:00 AM

My deepest condolences to her family
I was friends with her father Gene first and come to know Sherry and she was a one of a kind woman I admired her she was a shinning example for all .

Victoria Ochoa Jan 17 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Sherry Burnette

Victoria Ochoa Jan 17 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Sherry Burnette

Buddy and Katie Martin Jan 16 2021 12:00 AM

Sherry will be missed. She was a wonderful lady. Every time I saw Sherry she had a smile for me and she was always willing to help someone.

Ron and Karen Evans Jan 16 2021 12:00 AM

Sherry was such a sweet person. She was always ready to help others . She will be greatly missed. My prays and sympathy go out to you and your entire family. May God give you strength during this difficult time

Elaine Tyson Jan 16 2021 12:00 AM

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