Dedicated to Katrina

In Loving Memory of Katrina Burdette

January 22, 1945 – July 23,  2020

Julia Katrina Burdette, age 75, of Montgomery, Alabama passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2020. She was born January 22, 1945 to Marvin Sr. and Hazel Wilson. Katrina is survived by her husband, Robert Dallas Burdette; her children, Rachael Evans (Doug); Regina Burdette; Allen Newton (Tara); Donnie Newton; and Lavone Burdette (Mindy); her siblings, Marvin Wilson, Freida House and Darlene Violette (Bobby); Katrina Burdette leaves behind 15 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren to cherish her memory. She was preceded in death by her son Ronnie Newton; and her parents Marvin Wilson Sr. and Hazel Radford Wilson. A visitation was held on Monday, July 27, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Leak Memory Chapel. A celebration of life service will occur Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM with a family only committal to follow at Alabama Heritage Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Jake Burdette, Dylan Burdette, Dane Humphrey, Michael Violette, Robby Burdette and C. J. Steward. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Burdette family.

The Love of My Life

Katrina supported me in my ministry. She read all of my eleven books published by Xulon Press. She continued to read my essays up to the time of her death. Shortly before she left her earthly abode and entered her heavenly abode, she encouraged me to continue to write and to preach and teach God’s Word. We had almost fifty-three years together. She was my love, my life, and my soulmate. The following words were written in a card that I gave to her about six months (December 24, 2019) before she entered into her heavenly abode:

You and your love are everything to me…

The way we trust each other,
   the way we’re there,
The sense of humor, love of life,
   And little things we share…

Our hopes and dreams, and memories
    We’ve gathered through the years,
The day-to-day, the ups and downs,
    The laughter and the tears…

The things that make us stronger,
   The things that make life sweet,
Taken all together,
   Simply made us more complete…

But what makes “us” work, what makes it fun—
   All has to do with you,
Your smile, your love, your special heart,
   And all the things you do…

You’re beautiful, I love you,
And I know you’ll always be
My life, my love, my happiness
And everything to me.

                                    I Love you,


For the last eighteen months of her life, Katrina was not able to go shopping and buy me a Christmas card, which she always did prior to her sickness. Since she could not go to the store, she wrote me a note about our life together (December 24, 2019). The following are her words:

“Merry Christmas to the sweetest man I know,
You are the only one who keeps my life a glow.
I would not make it without you,
But this I think you know.
We may have had some bad times,
But the good outweighs the bad.
I just want you to know,
I love you sweetheart,
Mind, body, and soul
The Lord has blessed us so much,
We owe it all to Him.
For He lent you to me,
So I could have true love.

                                All my love,

The morning of her death, she wanted to get up out of her chair. I managed to get her up. We then hugged each other and told each other that we loved one another. I put her back down in her chair and she left for glory within two minutes. I thank God for that last moment!!!!

Freedom in Dedicated to the Memory of Katrina Burdette

I owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to Daniel Rogers for the beautiful design of this website, especially with the picture of Katrina and myself for our fiftieth wedding anniversary. We held a little token to say We Still Do—our love for one another never left. I will always be indebted to Daniel Rogers for the development of this new website. God has given him a wonderful talent, not only in preaching and teaching, but also in ingenuity in capturing his imagination with his designs for art work. God allowed him to enter into my life. As a result of this encounter, Daniel offered to update and completely redo this website, which he has just begun to format (1-16-2021): to access, type: