Brooksville Honors Former Mayor
On March 1, 2021, the City of Brooksville approved Resolution 2021-06 honoring former Mayor, the late Frankie Burnett, for his dedication and service to the citizens of Brooksville.
City of Brooksville Honors Former Mayor Frankie Burnett
Frankie Burnett was first elected to City Council by the citizens of Brooksville on November 2, 2004, and served on and off through December of 2016; during the years 2011 and 2015, he served as Mayor.
Frankie contributed more than 10 years of his time and effort to the affairs of the Brooksville City Council and its citizens. Mr. Burnett was born on September 26, 1995, to Dorothy Mae Williams-Burnett and Peter Louis Burnett Sr. Raised a Southern Baptist, his love for God fueled his work in the Brooksville Community and beyond.
He attended the University of Florida in 1973 and was among a very elite, select group of African American Scholars from Hernando High School.
During his years at UF, he was the first president of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and then graduated with his Associates of Science in Business Administration in 1975.
Frankie returned to his hometown where he became a pillar of the community. He served as the Plant Operations Supervisor at the Hernando County School District for several years and also served as a member and president of the Hernando County NAACP throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. Frankie was a member of the Frederick Kelly Elks Lodge #1270 for
45 years, board member of the United Way Foundation, and served as the pastor of the Saint Lewis Missionary Baptist Church.
Mr. Burnett’s political beliefs were always “people over politics” and he demonstrated those beliefs for more than 46 years through a Christmas Giveaway where community children and families received Christmas gifts which helped to ease their financial burden during the holiday season. A servant leader, he helped pave the way for young people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and religions as well as through counseling convicted felons and assisting their integration back into the community.
Furthermore, he counseled and supported young men and couples through difficult times with his penchant for solid advice. After a long and courageous battle against cancer, Frankie peacefully passed away at his
home on February 19, 2021.