Century Proclamations Honor The Lives Of Willie Dortch And Regi Burkett

September 21, 2022

The Town of Century issued proclamations Tuesday night honoring the lives of two longtime residents that passed away recently after serving their community for decades.

Willie C. Dortch passed away September 10. A proclamation from Mayor Ben Boutwell described him as a “pillar” in the town. A heavy equipment operator by trade, he spent his own time and materials as groundskeeper at the Century Cemetery and worked to serve his community in any way that he could.

Regi Burkett passed away August 20. Burkett spent nearly 40 years in the fire service for his community, retiring as chief of the Century Station of Escambia County Fire Rescue. “Burkett’s fight for the people of the Town of Century was both resolute and uncompromising,” according to the mayor’s proclamation.

After accepting the proclamation, Burkett’s widow Ann said he dedicated his life “to getting everything the department needed, and the Town of Century and the surrounding communities what they needed in fire protection” while doing what he loved.

Pictured top: Regi Burkett’s widow Ann Burkett accepts a proclamation in his honor during a meeting of the Century Town Council Tuesday night. NorthEscambia.com photo, click to enlarge.


2 Responses to “Century Proclamations Honor The Lives Of Willie Dortch And Regi Burkett”

  1. Jimmy Brantley on September 21st, 2022 9:21 am

    I learned a lots from Reg in the fire business. You always knew where you stood with him. I’m really going to miss him. I know I’m not the only one either. Thank you Mr Mayor for doing this for both of these.

  2. kimberly on September 21st, 2022 8:18 am

    Mr. Willie Dortch will be truly missed. I always loved to hear his voice when I entered any establishment in Century or Flomaton. Mr. Willie always had a smile on his face and made you want to be happy as well. The Dortch family is very special to me and in my thoughts and prayers as they learn to live life without this special man.

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