Frederick Richards Burnet, 86, of Charleston, died peacefully Saturday, January 5, 2008 surrounded by his wife and five children. Born October 22, 1921 at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, he was the son of the late Dr. Burgh Smith Burnet and Rosa Patrick Richards Burnet. He was the son of Army parents and lived at various places during his father’s Army career including Washington, DC, Panama, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, San Francisco, California and Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1939 and entered The Citadel in the fall of 1939. Upon graduation from the Citadel in 1943, he went to officers Candidate School from which he was graduated and commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Corps of Engineers. Attaining the rank of Captain, he served in the Army for 15 years. After separation from the Army, he was employed in Washington at the Bureau of Yards and Docks. He went on to work at the Charleston Naval shipyard and later at the Southern Division Naval Facilities Engineering Command as a professional Civil Engineer. He retired from Civil Service in 1978 and was later self employed as a land surveyor. He was a member of St. Philips Church, The Carolina Yacht Club, The Elks Club, and The Colonial Wars in the State of South Carolina. He was also a past member of St. Cecelia Society and the Historical Society. Fred was always willing to lend a helping hand not only to his family but to members of the community as well and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He was a loving father to five children: Jane Burnet Flynn and her husband Patrick T. Flynn, Susan Richards Burnet, Barbara Anne Smith Burnet, Frederick Richards Burnet, Jr. and his wife, Kathy Weaver Burnet, and Nancy Burnet Sidley and her husband Jim Sidley. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was a loving husband to his wife of 37 years, Hazel Mixon Burnet. He was preceded in death by his brother, Burgh Smith Burnet, Jr. and his sisters, Elizabeth Burnet Sperry and Rosa Burnet Oliveros. The family will receive friends from 5-7PM Tuesday, January 8, 2007 at MCALISTER-SMITH FUNERAL HOME, DOWNTOWN CHAPEL, 150 Wentworth St. Funeral services will be held at 2PM, Wednesday, January 9, 2008 at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church with burial to follow at Magnolia Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 142 Church St., Charleston, SC 29401 or to The Citadel, 171 Moultrie St., Charleston, SC 29409. Arrangements by MCALISTER-SMITH FUNERAL HOME, DOWNTOWN CHAPEL, 150 Wentworth St.
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