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James Roland Burnett Jr.

Friday, November 25, 2011

James Roland Burnett Jr., 21, died Nov. 16 in

the Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

James was born on Nov. 2, 1990, to James Burnett Sr. of Advance Mo., and Rebecca Rogers Metcalf, formerly of Sturdivant, Mo., who currently resides in Wichita, Kan.

James was well-loved with many friends and a huge heart. There wasn't a friend or animal he wouldn't help with no thought for himself.

He decided at a young age to make the U.S. Army his career, completing basic training between his junior and senior years of high school. He was deployed overseas in April 2011 and began a deployment of one year in Afghanistan. He last had a leave in July 2011 and visited with all of his family.

James is survived by his father, James Burnett Sr., and stepmother, Cheri Burnett; by one brother, Seth Burnett; four sisters, Jocelynn, Daisy, Ruthie and Ceceilia Burnett, all of Brownwood; his paternal grandparent, Jim Burnett, of Zalma; and step-grandparents Jerry and Linda Bell, of Advance, Mo.

James is also survived by his mother, Rebecca Metcalf, and his stepfather, John Metcalf; three sisters, Natasha, Tiffany and Elizabeth, of Wichita Kan.; by his maternal grandparents, Niel and Sally Rogers, of Chaffee, Mo.; and his step-grandparents, Mary and John Metcalf of Fort Myers, Fla.

James was also survived by a fiance, Amy Keeler.

James will always be in her heart. He will be gone, but never forgotten.

Rest in peace, our heaven-deployed hero.

Services will be held on Nov. 26, 2011. Visitation will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and a service will take place at 2 p.m. at the Community Church of Christ in Lowndes Mo.

A memorial service will be held the following day on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, at 5 p.m. at the old Advance High School gymnasium. The public may begin visiting the family at 2 p.m. in the old high school gymnasium in Advance, Mo.

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