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Burnett Monroe

January 18, 1945 January 23, 2022
Burnett Monroe
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Obituary for Burnett Monroe

A Celebration of Burnett's Life will occur on
Saturday, February 5, 2022 at:

Camphor United Methodist Church
5620 Wyalusing Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Viewing: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Masonic Service: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Service: 11:00 AM

Interment: Washington Crossing National Cemetery

The Obituary

Burnett Lord Monroe was born on January 18, 1945, in Philadelphia PA, to the late Amy Susan Robinson and Clarence Burnett Monroe. He was called home on Sunday, January 23, 2022. He was the middle child. He was preceded in death, by Alfred L. Robinson Sr..- his oldest brother and Clarence Burnett Monroe, Jr his baby brother .

From the age of five, Burnett was a member of Jones Tabernacle A.M.E. Church. In 1975, he became a Steward and, active in that role until his illness. Burnett has been a member of Jones Tabernacle A.M.E Church for 72 years. He was affectionately called by many names: Burnie, Money, Mr. Monroe, Mr. Burnett, Mr. Money, Husband, Dad, Grandpop, Pop-pop, Uncle B. DJ Money, B. , Noble, My Brother, Friend and Sir.

Burnett was educated in the Philadelphia Public school system and is a proud graduate of Thomas Edison High School. After Burnett graduated from high school, he was drafted into the U.S. Army on September 21, 1965, and became a member of the 82nd Airborne Division. He received various special training, was assigned to Vietnam and is a veteran of the Vietnam War. Burnett returned home from the military on February 5, 1967, after receiving an Honorable Discharge and other decorative medals and accommodations.

Burnett joined the City of Philadelphia Prison System in 1969. While employed by the Prison system he attended and graduated from Philadelphia Community College. He then continued his education attending both Temple University and La Salle University. Burnett retired from the Prison system with 32 years of service.

Burnett with his beautiful smile , hearty laugh and big personality was the life of any party always making sure everyone was having an amazing time. He was a man and a scholar who would give or do anything for anyone. However, if you did not want to know the truth from his version do not ask him a question. Burnett had no problem telling you how he really felt.

In 1995, Burnett met the woman of his dreams, according to his friends, the “apple of his eyes,” Mrs. Brenda R. Wilkerson. They were married on February 21, 2005, and have been together for 27 years and married for 17 years. And from that point on Brenda was only known as Money’ Wife.

Burnett Lord Monroe had a biological daughter Nanett Monroe Dempster and helped raise her four sisters who he also considered his daughters; Natasha McCrimmon, Nyoka McCrimmon, Nadia McCrimmon, and Nadine McCrimmon, a police officer who proceeded him in death. Now that was not enough. Burnett assisted his wife Brenda with the raising of her children: Myeisa Campbell Jackson, Teddy Wilkerson Jr., Derek Wilkerson, Aaron Wilkerson and Eric Q. Wilkerson and Sophia R. Wilkerson-Moore both of who proceeded him in death.

This is a blended family that allowed everyone to feel the full extent of his love as father and grandfather. Burnett did not feel it robbery to make sure care was taken of all of the children and grandchildren. It gave him true joy to be there for them. This is the true definition of a Man who is a Father.

Under the encouragement of his Uncle, John E.L. Hood, Burnett joined Lt. William E. Ship Post-V.F.W. where he became a Commander. Burnett is also a member of Crispus Attucks American Legion Post No. 151. In 1997, under his Uncle John E.L. Hood’s recommendation, he began his entry into the Masonic Family.

He became a member of Phoenix Lodge No. 3 F & A.M. in 1997; he then demitted from Phoenix Lodge in 2017 and is now a proud Brother of Herbert E. Millen, Lodge No. 151. Burnett is also a member of Melchizedek No.15. H.R.A.M. of PA, a Noble of Pyramid Temple No.1 A. E.A.O.N.M.S. since 1989 and joined DeMolay Consistory No. 1. A.A.S.R. in 1999. Burnett was also a member of the Elks and Leonard C. Irvin Lodge No. 994. Philadelphia, PA. I.B.P.O.E. of W.

Burnett served as Worthy Patron with his wife, Sister Brenda Wilkerson Monroe PWM 2002-2003. He also served as Worthy Patron with Sister Jamila Wilson, PWM in 2013-2014. Burnett is a Past Worthy Patron of Louisa S. Rumford No. 15 who continues to support his Chapter. Burnett was Honorary Past Potentate of Pyramid Temple No. 1 A.E.A.O.N.M.S. and Past Commander of Crispus Attucks Post No. 151 American Legion. Burnett is a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post 3398 Cpl. William Sydnor in Willow Grove.

Burnett is also a member of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, (NABCJ) a member of Sentinels of Law Enforcement (S.O.L.E.), and a very accomplished Disc Jockey (DJ), known as “DJ Money.”

Burnett would always say, “I lived my life the way I wanted and was proud of the way I lived. I did it my way”.

He leaves to cherish his legacy to his wife Brenda, his only daughter Nanett Monroe-Dempster (Allen) his awesome grandchildren; Kiara Monroe, Marquee Jordan Lewis and Addison Marie Dempster. The two he raised Mansa T. Moore and Malaya T. Moore for whom he was a father figure and touched their lives since they were four months old and fifteen months old. They need no introduction - he would just say, “They are ours!” Also, to mourn his memory are his stepdaughters Natasha, Nyoka, Nadia, Myeisa (Mike), stepsons Teddy Jr (Star), Derek (Violet), and Aaron, his sisters-in-law Minister Sharon D. Thornton and Aurelia Tabor and brothers-in-law, John Cook, (Katie) Norman Cook, (Rose) and Andre F. Baker Sr. There are also a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins as well as his Masonic daughter Jamila Robinson, His partners and longtime friend and brothers David Crawford and Lloyd Washington his church family, his Masonic family and his Correctional Officers family who mourn his passing. Many friends and acquaintances also mourn this loss.

I would like to thank the remarkable personable Compassus Staff my A-Team that assisted me with the care of my husband Burnett during his illness I could not have done it without each of you : Gina, Matt, James, and LaTanya and Mary (LaTanya backup) I truly appreciate you all – THANK YOU!

“Burnett life spoke to everyone he touched.”
Sorrowfully, the Family

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