York, SC – Mrs. Margaret Joyce Houston Burnette, 84, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2018 and rejoices in her heavenly return to the God she loved and served so faithfully.  She was the daughter of the late Wade Hampton Houston and Cora Margaret Beckman Houston and was born on July 3, 1933 in Fargo, North Dakota.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 2:30 pm at First Baptist Church, 481 Hood Center Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29732 with Reverend Jamie Burdette officiating.  Visitation will be held prior to the service from 12:30 pm until 2:15 pm.  Burial will be private.

She devoted her life unselfishly to the service of others, without regard to color or community standing.  For two decades, she taught children with physical and mental disabilities in Rock Hill public schools and positively impacted the lives of her students and their families.  She is fondly remembered by all whom she educated as giving a quality of life only limited by their dreams and their willingness to reach for those dreams.

Margaret moved into the role of educating teachers at the college level and served as an instructor and assistant professor at Winthrop College and Sacred Heart College.  Her education included Bachelor of Science, Master of Education and post-Master degrees from Winthrop College. She held many professional certifications in learning disabilities, orthopedics and psychological counseling.  She served on the Catawba Mental Health Board, was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of South Carolina.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband of over 50 years, Charles Baxter Burnette II.  She is survived by her five children, Charles Baxter Burnette III and wife, Marcia, of Rock Hill; Mary Anne Burnette Brookshire of Seneca, S.C; Robert Wade Burnette of Belmont, NC; James Christopher Burnette and wife, Melanie, of Rock Hill; Jenny Lynn Burnette Williams and husband, Briton, of North Augusta, S.C; fourteen grandchildren, Geoff, Bonnie, Houston, Taylor, Ruth Anne, Margaret Ann, Aylie, Bax, Abby, Hampton, Catherine, Hagan, Banks, and Preston, one great-grandchild, Brooks Ferguson, and two sisters, Thelma Hamilton and Lucille Reule.

Margaret’s love and care for others manifested itself in children and grandchildren who adored her.  She set an example in her daily actions and life’s work to put others first.  In short, her life stood as a shining beacon upon the Golden Rule.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in Rock Hill for 65 years where she served as a Sunday School teacher, WMU president and Director of the nursery.  She selflessly dedicated herself to many of First Baptist’s ministries and benevolences.  Memorials may be made in Margaret’s name to First Baptist Church, Senior Adult Homebound Ministry, 481 Hood Center Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29732 or Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House, PO Box 993, Rock Hill, SC 29732.

Condolences may be made to Margaret’s family at www.greenefuneralhome.net.

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