John Burton

John Ernest Burton

Thursday, June 19th, 1930 - Saturday, August 31st, 2019
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John Ernest Burton

John Ernest Burton of Heathsville, Va. passed on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at his home at the age of 89. He was the first county administrator for Northumberland County and held that position for 28 years. He was a graduate of the University of Virginia. He was a veteran and served in the U. S. Army for two years. He was a teacher, deputy sheriff and a farmer. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No 109 for 50 years. He was member of Fairport Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon. John loved the outdoors, fishing and sports. He traveled but was always ready to come back to Northumberland County. He loved the Lord and read his bible daily. He was always willing to help people. John is survived by his wife of 59 years, Brenda; a daughter, Gay and her husband Reuben; grandson, Burton and his wife, Melissa; granddaughter, Jessica; two great grandsons, Jeb and Charlie; and a nephew, Stevie. A memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at Fairport Baptist Church with a reception following the service. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Hospice of Virginia, 1328 Tappahannock Blvd., Tappahannock, VA 22560
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Service Details

  • Service

    Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 1:00pm
    Fairport Baptist Church
    2395 Fairport Road
    Reedville, VA 22539
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    Rev. Neale Schools
  • Interment

    Burton Family Cemetery
    264 Bay View Lane
    Heathsville, Virginia 22473
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Donations are being accepted for: Hospice of Virginia Foundation.


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Ellen Douglas

Posted at 11:35am
I worked as John's secretary for years when he was County Administrator. He was a great man, and I couldn't have asked for a better boss. He cared so much for the community, and took time to listen to people. I learned a lot from him. I know he was a
great husband to Brenda, father to Gay, grandfather and great grandfather. He will surely be missed. My love and sympathy to the family.


Posted at 10:08am
At this sorrowful period in your life, please accept my sincerest condolences for the death of your loved one.  Reflecting on the divine promises found in the Bible will give you hope and strength to keep going until all of God's promises are fulfilled. (Romans 15:13; John 5:28, 29)

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