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City of Brooksville Dedicates City Hall Lobby

By Meaghan Goepferich Posted on August 11, 2021

On August 16, 2021, the City of Brooksville will dedicate the Brooksville City Hall Lobby in the name of Former Mayor and Council Member Frankie Burnett.

City of Brooksville Dedicates City Hall Lobby in the name of Former Mayor Frankie Burnett

The City Council was approached by brother of Frankie Burnett, Kojak Burnett (and
family), requesting that Frankie be memorialized in some fashion within the City. After several
suggestions, the City Hall Lobby rose to the top as the perfect place to represent Burnett as he
spent the majority of his working time in City Hall.

This dedication will take place, prior to the Council Meeting, on Monday, August 16,
2021, at Brooksville City Hall at 6:00 pm. The lobby will be dedicated with a plaque placed on
the wall in his honor. The event is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend;
refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

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 of 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, 1955, 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.

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. He also counseled and supported young men and couples through difficult times with his penchant for solid advice. 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.

After a long and courageous battle against cancer, Frankie peacefully passed away at his
home on February 19, 2021.
For more information regarding the dedication ceremony contact the City of Brooksville
at (352) 540-3810.


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