Dr. John Cecil Burt


Services will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at First Baptist Church of Brooklyn, MS for Dr. John Cecil Burt, 72, of Brooklyn, MS who passed away on Sunday, July 4, 2021 at his home, surrounded by his family.

Interment will be at Dixie United Methodist Church Cemetery in Dixie Community.

Dr. Burt graduated from Forrest County Agricultural High School and earned an Associate's Degree from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston Campus. He went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Agricultural Education with a Biology minor at Mississippi State University, a Masterís of Education in Counseling from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from USM.

He began his teaching career at West Jones High School in 1970 and then went back to FCAHS to teach biology.  That led to his first job at Pearl River Community College as a Counselor at the Forrest County Vocational-Technical Center. Never leaving PRCC, he moved on to Career Technical Education Director and then became Dean of the Forrest County Center. He moved into the position of Vice President for Forrest County Operations in 2010, which he held for five years before he retired in 2015 after 45 years of service.  Dr. Burt has been described by his colleagues as having a heart of gold, a passion for education, a dedication to students, and a wonderful friend to many.

Dr. Burt loved his Heavenly Father and was a faithful servant of God, sharing his love of Christ and fulfilling his purpose through his God given talents and gifts as a life-long learner and teacher by serving as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church of Brooklyn.  A teacher at heart, Dr. Burt never stopped teaching, even after retirement from PRCC.  He continued teaching his Brothers and Sisters in Christ Sunday School class, and he began volunteering to teach at community churches, such as Ridgecrest Baptist Church and Beacon Baptist Church.  His excitement of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ eventually led him to volunteer to go on mission trips to both Honduras and Haiti.  Once Dr. Burt was no longer physically able to continue going to church to teach his lessons, he began recording his lessons online, in between his treatments, so that they would be accessible to everyone.  Dr. Burt also enjoyed traveling with his wife, Debbie, and spending time with his grandchildren on the family farm where he was raised. 

He is preceded in death by his parents John Christopher Burt and Agnes Roberta King Burt, his brother, Billy Eugene Burt, and his beloved nephew, Michael Lee Burt, Sr.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Deborah Delk Burt, and three children Rebecca Allison Bolling (Lee) of Hattiesburg, MS, Rachel Amanda Burt Quave (Chad) of Wiggins, MS, and John Matthew Burt (Candice) of Brooklyn, MS. He has three grandchildren, Ayden John Burt, Aubree Dianne Burt and William Asher Burt, all of Brooklyn, MS.

Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at First Baptist Church of Brooklyn, MS.

Dr. Burtís family would like to express appreciation to Dr. Bo Hrom, Mr. Bradley Myers, Dr. Steven Harless, and the nurses at Forrest General Hospital ICU and Unit 4T, as well as, Compassus Hospice for their outstanding care and compassionate concern for him during his illness.