Ms. Pricillia Everette Burnett was called home unexpectedly in Newport News, VA on June 8, 2018 at the age of 61.
Pricillia is survived by her children Ashley Burnett Jr. of Petersburg, VA and Victoria L Burnett (Emely Faulcon) of Kissimmee, FL; siblings, Moses Barnes of North Carolina; Dallas Everette (Dora Everette) of Fayetteville, NC; Sandra Everette of Newport News, VA; Donna Jacoway of Hampton, VA; Douglas Everette (Sonice) of Newport News, VA; Antonio Everette (Patsy Everette) of Greensboro. She is preceded in death by parents, Elijah Everette; Johnnie Mae Everette; siblings, Elijah Everette Jr; Donnie Ray Everette.
Pricillia was born on April 28, 1957 in Wayne County, North Carolina to the late Elijah and Johnnie Mae Everette. She graduated from Princeton High School in Princeton, North Carolina with honors. While obtaining her Associate of Liberal Arts degree from Louisburg College, not only was Ms. Burnett voted “Whose Who Among College Students”, but she achieved Honorable Mention All-American Volleyball.
In addition to receiving her scholarship to the University of Nebaska-Lincoln, in just her first semester there, she received Honorable Mention Big Eight Volleyball award. Ms. Burnett obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education, with a minor in Education from the Methodist College in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Pricillia was a member of the United States Army Reserves and served for twelve years and received an honorable discharge.
Pricillia joined the Newport News Police Department in January 1983. Her dedication and strong desire to make a difference in the areas where she worked, prompted her transfer to the Community Services Unit in 1985. While in this Unit, she received numerous letters of recognition and commendations from within the Department and throughout the City. In 1987, she was one of three officers chosen to implement the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program in the City of Newport News. In here years of service with the Police Department she served in multiple divisions where she made a difference in the community.
In January 2006, Pricillia was a mayoral candidate for the City of Newport News.
In September 2008 Pricillia retired from the Newport News Police Department with 25 ½ years of service making her the first African American female to retire in Newport News Police Department with 25 years of service.
In 2010, Pricillia was elected to the Newport News School Board. During her time on the School Board she was the voice for teachers, students, parents and the community to make Newport News Public Schools the Best in the nation.
Pricillia leaves to cherish her two children, four grandchildren; Tayvion and Brianna Faulcon (Victoria and Emely), Diyanna Scott (Ashley), and Amaruin Burnett (Ashley); nephews, Donnie Everette II, Derrick Everette, Johnnie Sutton, Douglas Holiday, Travell Manley, Joshua Barksdale, Zerry Everette, Zieair Everette, Howard Everette, Daxiver Barksdale, Elijah Everette; nieces Katrica, Tokovia Wilson, Elena Whitaker, Qualnic Barksdale, Tiffany Harper; special great-nieces and nephews, Akeila Edwads, Kwame Whitaker Jr, Kayden Whitaker, Dre’Quan Edwards, Dakota Everette, Dallas Everette, Zy’Oniah Everette, Chardonnay Holiday, Unique Holiday, Shidiamond Holiday.
She also leaves behind her best friends Carolyn Phillips and Phoebe Butler along with a host of community friends, and adopted family.
Mrs. Burnett will lie in state two hours prior to service. Services will held for Mrs. Burnett 1:00p.m. Saturday, June 16, 2018 at First Baptist Church Denbigh 3628 Campbell Road, Newport News, VA. by Dr. Ivan T. Harris.
Interment with military and police honors will be held at First Baptist Church Denbigh Cemetery.
It is the desire of the Burnett family that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
The family of the late Mrs. Priscilla E. Burnett has entrusted her final care to the staff of C. C. Carter Funeral Home, Inc.