Janet Lavaughn Bird (Poff) Burkheart joined the heavenly choir on Thursday, November 19, 2020, surrounded by her family at home in Paragould, Arkansas.

Janet was survived by her loving husband, Donald “Pete” Burkheart; her children Cathy Harper, Julia Huffman and husband Jim, and Jaime Daniel Poff; her step-children Donna Jackson, and Barry Burkheart with his wife Angie; her sisters Shirley Rowh, Karen Sue Shumaker, and Alice Young; along with twelve grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, brother, previous husband Ansel Poff, and great grandson.

Janet was born May 28, 1934, in Clendenin, West Virginia, to Sidney and Marie Bird. She was a graduate of Clendenin High School and her love of learning continued throughout her life as she delighted in discovering the stories of the people and places around her. Her favorite bird was a cardinal, the school mascot.

Janet was well known in the community and her joy for life was apparent to all. Her passion was her family and friends. Her love for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren shined brightly in her daily delight of their triumphs great and small. Her friends, of whom there were many, frequently referred to her as “their rock” and the “best friend they’ve ever had”, particularly by her close friends Mary Hart, Patsy Jones, and Linda Buck.

Janet’s legacy is her gift of compassion to those near and around her and her uncompromising love for her family, friends, country, and God. Her generous smile and kindhearted spirit will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Arrangements are being handled by Phillips Funeral Home. A small family only graveside service will be held on Monday, November 23. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude’s Research Hospital will be appreciated.

Visit www.phillipsfuneral.org to send online condolences.

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