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Obituary: John Edd Burton, Jr., 80. A remarkable Adair Countian

Mr. Burton was a beloved, highly respected citizen of Adair County. He was a man of his word and a man of great humor who made friends quickly and maintained remarkably enduring relationships. His marriage surpassed 58 years; he was a member of Beulah Chapel Church for over 66. History was important to him; his store of knowledge about The Ridge was prodigious. He was a good man who will be forever missed by the many neighbors on KY 206 and so many others who knew, loved, and respected him

John Edd Burton, Jr., 80, 4405 Liberty Road, Columbia, KY, passed away Sunday, December 7, 2008, at 10:55am at Norton Audubon Hospital in Louisville, KY, after an illness.

The funeral service will be Wednesday, December 10, 2008, at 2:00pmCT, at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 200 Greensburg ST, Columbia, KY, with Bro. Stanley Watson, Bro. Clifton Bennett, and Bro. Ralph Foster the officiating clergy. Visitation will be after 4:00pmCT on Tuesday, December 9, 2008, at the funeral home. Interment will be in Haven Hill Cemetery, Liberty Road, Columbia, KY.

He was born November 18, 1928, the son of the late John Ed and Bertha Lee Shepherd of Adair County. His birthdate had added significance. It is the same day Mickey Mouse was created. Mr. Burton never let anyone forget that. "Mickey Mouse and I were born on the same day," he frequently reminded folks.

He is survived by his wife Betty Lou Thorne Burton, Columbia, KY. Their marrage had lasted 58 years on the day of his death.

He was further survived by the following:
  • A foster son: Patrick Curry, Stockton, CA

  • A foster daughter: Cathy Curry Birlew, Stockton, CA

  • Four grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends
He attended the Beulah Chapel Brethren in Christ Church for 66 years and was a retired farmer. He was a man neighbors could count on to know the history of The Ridge. He knew the land and the people and carried a treasure of information--dates and data--about the community he so loved.

Pallbearers are Michael Stephens, Richard Stephens, Junior Feese, Tony Burton, Jackie Morris and Bradley Irvin.

Honorary pallbearers are Billy Rigney, David Rigney, Steve Cheatham, Jack Collins, Kenneth Bennett, Clark Harris, and Nathaniel Burton.

Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg ST, Columbia, KY, is in charge of arrangements.

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This obituary was made possible through the support of Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, established in 1922, located at 210 Greensburg Street in Columbia. To reach Louis and Brenda McQueary and Richard and Mary Beth Phelps, phone 270-384-2145, or call our 24-hour community obituary information line, 384-6999. E-mail: Website URL: Friends you trust, caring for people you love.
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