Newellton - Graveside services for Mr. Frank Robinson Burnside, age 103, will be Friday, November 2, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in the Legion Memorial Cemetery in Newellton, Louisiana with Rev. Johnny Wilkins officiating. Frank Robinson Burnside was born on Franklin Plantation near Newellton, Louisiana, February 19, 1915 to Wade Walker Burnside and Hester Patton Burnside. Spending his youth on the farm, Frank there gained his first exposure to the agricultural trade as well as the world of flight; two fields that would shape his entire lifetime. Seeking a military education, he attended Kemper Military Academy in Booneville, Missouri before enlisting full time shortly after December 7, 1941. A member of "The Greatest Generation," Mr. Burnside served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He spent a year as a Chief Pilot with the 20th Air Force in India flying a route known as "The Hump," a perilous supply crossing of the Himalayas into the Chinese interior on 55 missions. Following his service abroad, he returned to the homefront and continued to serve as Captain delivering military aircraft around the country with Air Transport Command, 4th Ferrying Group. He was awarded the Air Medal as well as the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service abroad. In 2015, the People's Republic of China expressed their gratitude for his service by awarding him the Flying Tiger Victory Medal.
Mr. Burnside spent his life in the business of agriculture in Newellton. He owned and operated Newellton Elevator Co., Delta Gin Co., and Franklin Plantation and was Chairman of the Board of Tensas State Bank for more than 20 years. Mr. Burnside served 2 terms as mayor of Newellton, from 1958 to 1966. Mr. Burnside's interest in helping farmers led him to aid in the founding of Mississippi Chemical Corporation in 1948 serving on its Board for 35 years. He was also instrumental in founding Great River Grain in 1970 and Farm and Livestock Credit in 1974. He was President of Panola Co., Ltd. for many years, succeeding his father at that position. He also served on the board of directors of Union Oil Mill. Maintaining his interest in aviation, Mr. Burnside explored North America from the gulf south to the Pacific Ocean as well as the Canadian wilderness; all from the cockpit of his Beechcraft airplane. He maintained a spirit of adventure to his last day and was always game for a trip; be it by road, rail, or sky.
Survivors include a daughter, Karen Burnside Barnett and husband, Glenn, and a son, Frank R. Burnside, Jr. and wife, Jan, five grandchildren: Walker B. Barnett, Marshall B. Barnett, Kathryn Barnett Forster, Berry Burnside Balfour, and Frank R. Burnside, III, and a brother, Dr. Wade W. Burnside, Jr., 8 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
His wife of 72 years, Marguerite Smith Burnside predeceased him in 2009. Mr. Burnside was also preceded in death by his twin, Ben Patton Burnside and his sister, Jane Burnside Earnest.
The family wishes to thank Yvonne Moses, Carla Bailey and Mary Helen Garner for the wonderful care they provided over the years.
Memorials may be made to the Newellton Union Church at P.O. Box 265, Newellton, Louisiana, 71357, or to the charity of your choice