Jerry Burton, 72, of Altamonte Springs, Florida was born on May 23, 1944, died June 1, 2016 from lung and brain cancer.
He was preceded in death by his father, W.P. Burton, brother Charles Fred Burton, grandparents Cora and Calvin Watkins, Edward and Amelia Burton.
Survived by mother Ovie Burton, sister Faye and Charlie Carter, sister-in-law Mona Burton, daughters Toni Rausch, Kristi and Bobby McKan, son Andrew Burton, grandkids Chase Lipinsky, Erica, Forrest, and Kayla Coleman; great-grandkids Taylor and Kennedy Coleman, nieces and nephews Stacey Dwain Cox, Jason and Sheri Burton, Olivia Tate, Eric Briggs, Leanna, George, Magan, Alexis, and Jake Owens, Heather, Kevin, Kollin, Kolleen, Caylee, Gregory and Calaen Burton, Eddie and Logan Burton, ex-wife Linda Burton and good friend Jan Taylor. Three aunts Eva McGinty, Neva Sutley, Dorothy and Tom Foster, and many cousins.
Bro. Don Woodard will officiate a memorial service at 2 p.m. July 15, 2016 at Emmanuel Baptist Church. He was a project manager in construction for Fluor Daniel Co. for about 20 years until he retired. He was in real estate in Florida, liked fishing with his dad, and took his parents on a cruise to Jamaica and Cozumel. He had a walk-in shower built for them, bought an entertainment center and other things for them.
He, Fred and I paid for our parents’ grave headstone. He took care of moma until he died for about five years. They went to church together and ate out a lot. They especially loved Cracker Barrel.
They walked around the blocks until they weren’t able to. The doctor told him to do something he enjoyed. He bought a Nissan 350Z convertible and enjoyed driving it as long as he was able to. He fought cancer for two and a half years and outlived the predicted time of death three times including his death.
He liked to listen to David Crowder and gospel singer’s and cousin’s Michael Millers CD to help him through it.
He died May 31, 2016 for one minute; Elvis music brought him back to life. His cousin James Burton played lead guitar with Elvis. He held on for 24 hours until Faye and Mona got there, knowing we were coming. He died to the song “Amazing Grace.”
Jerry was a good father, son, brother, husband and friend to the end. We love and miss Jerry, Fred and Daddy dearly. They’re having a family reunion in heaven.