Mr. Burton died Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, surrounded by his family, following an extended illness.
Born Dec. 4, 1929, in Osceola Mills, Pa., he was the son of the late William Roy Burton Sr. and Bertha Burton. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Sabrae Burton and Audrey Burton.
Mr. Burton was a United States Army veteran, having served in the infantry during World War II. He then went on to serve in the Korean Conflict in the 2nd Division and received the Silver Cross, the Distinguished Unit Citation, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Purple Heart. After the Korean Conflict, he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he proudly served in the Vietnam Conflict. Mr. Burton retired from the United States military in 1970. He also worked for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for 25 years. Mr. Burton was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Geraldine S. Burton of Clarkesville; daughters, Amanda Kay Burton of Charleston, S.C., and Brenda J. Burton of Columbia, S.C.; daughter and son-in-law, Deborah Kay and Clarence Bramblett of Clarkesville; son, William Roy Burton III of New Orleans, La.; son and daughter-in-law, Dwayne K. and Joan Stephens of Summerville, S.C.; brothers, Irvin Burton and Roy Burton, both of Osceola, Pa.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Foundation, 2115 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101.
Those wishing to express online condolences to the Burton family may do so by visiting whitfieldfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are in the care of Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest.
The Northeast Georgian
October 12, 2011