Charles Edward Burdette

January 6, 1936 ~ March 9, 2021 (age 85)


Charles Edward Burdette, 85, of Statesville, after a long period of declining health left his life on earth to sing bass in the Heavenly choir on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.

He is survived by his wife of over 56 years, Helen Rhyne Burdette. Also surviving are his two daughters, Cynthia “Cindy” Burdette Johnson (Eddie) and Wendy Burdette Gilreath (Eric) and his pride and joys, his grandsons, Austyn David Gilreath (Allison) and Jacob Edward Gilreath, his sister, Mildred Burdette Benfield and sister-in-law, Polly Haithcox Burdette and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth Ray Burdette, brother-in-law Harold Eugene “Buck” Benfield and both his parents.

Charles was born in Statesville, NC on January 6, 1936 to the late Ernest Prue Burdette and Nettie Porter Burdette. He attended Statesville City Schools. After high school, he joined the US Marine Corps. After returning home from the Marines, he decided to join the US Army. After leaving the Army he returned to Statesville and met and married the love of his life, Helen. He worked many jobs over the years including work at Southern Screw, as a truck driver and as owner of Burdette’s 5&10. He was a member of Welcome Baptist Church where he served at various times as Chairman of Deacons, Treasurer, Music Director and Sunday School Teacher.

Charles’ joy in life was his family and singing praises to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. No matter where he was or what he was doing, he was always singing. Even in his final days he was singing in his sleep.

A celebration of life service will be held 2:00pm Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Welcome Baptist Church. Military honors will follow. A private graveside will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice & Palliative of Iredell County, 3247 Simonton Rd., Statesville, NC 28625, Gideons International Statesville Camp, PO Box 148, Statesville, NC 28687 or Welcome Baptist Church, 2068 Shelton Ave., Statesville, NC 28677. Online condolences may be made to the family at

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Celebration of Life
March 13, 2021

2:00 PM
Welcome Baptist Church
2068 Shelton Ave.
Statesville, NC 28677


Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County
2341 Simonton Rd., Statesville NC 28625

Gideons International

Welcome Baptist Church
2068 Shelton Ave., Statesville NC 28677

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