Cary News: Obituaries

Harold Benjamin Burt

On September 19th, Harold Benjamin Burt, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend passed from this life suddenly at the age of 88. Funeral services will be on Sunday, September 23rd at 2:30 at Longview Baptist Church, 2308 New Hope Road in Raleigh. The visitation with the family will precede the service, starting at 1:00.

Harold faithfully fulfilled many roles in life: a paperboy of the News & Observer for 54 years, a band director in local schools for 28 years, a choir director at Longview and other churches for 40 years, a tennis player for 64 years, a music store owner for 32 years and most importantly, a loving husband for 66 years. Harold was the son of Raymond A. Burt and Ella Stanfield. He graduated from Hugh Morson High School in 1942 and began his studies at NCSU. During World War II he served as a corporal in the US Army in both the European and Pacific theaters. Upon returning, he completed his B.S. in Industrial Arts at NCSU and earned a Master of Arts from UNC-Chapel Hill. Harold became the founding band director of Cary High School. Later he taught countless students the joys of music at Millbrook, Apex, Knightdale, Four Oaks, Meadow, Erwin Coats, Princeton, Cleveland, South Johnston high schools and at Wake Christian Academy. Upon his retirement in 1979 he purchased Poole Music Store in Cameron Village and later Burt Music Store moved to Cary. After a second retirement in 2010, Harold continued giving music lessons in his home, singing in the choir and playing tennis three times weekly. His boundless energy seemed unstoppable until a stroke overtook him on the tennis court.

Harold is survived by his wife, Pearl Heacox Burt; his sons, Cecil Burt and his wife Marsha of Raleigh, Raymond Burt and his wife Amy of Wilmington; his daughter, Cindy Cousins and her husband Brent of Cary; and his sister, Eloise Strickland of Orlando, FL. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Candace Cremeans and her husband John of Cary, Tommy Cousins of Charlotte, Chris Cousins and his wife Jennifer of Cary, Holly Kurtzman and her husband Brian of Crofton, Md., Alex Burt and his wife Rebecca of Raleigh, Patrick Burt of Raleigh, Tyler, Michael and Daniel Burt of Wilmington; and his great-grandchildren, Hannah Cremeans, Amelia Cremeans, Matthew Cousins and Annabelle Burt.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Braxton, Millard, and Ralph Burt.

Donations can be made to Longview Baptist Church Music Program, 2308 New Hope Rd., Raleigh, NC 27616 or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Wake Forest. (919-556-5811).