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Obituary: Thelbert Burton, 77, Kingsport, TN

Mr. Burton was a member of a large, distinguished Adair County family. He was a veteran of the Korean War and will be accorded full military honors by VFW Post 6097. He was a long time member of Bashford Manor Baptist Church in Louisville KY, and was retired after a career with General Electric at Appliance Park in Louisville, KY

Thelbert Burton age 77 years of Kingsport, TN formerly of Adair County and Louisville, KY, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 7:03pmCT, at his home, surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be from 5-7:00pmCT, Monday evening, June 22, 2009, at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg ST, Columbia, KY followed by funeral service at 7:00pmCT, with Dr. Greg Burton officiating. A graveside service for family and close friends is on Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at 11:00amCT, at Haven Hill Cemetery, 1276 Liberty Road, Columbia, KY, with full military honors by VFW Post 6097.

He is a Korean War Veteran who lived in Illinois, Iowa and Louisville, KY. He was a member of Colonial Heights Baptist Church in Kingsport, where his son is the pastor. He and his wife were long-time members of Bashford Manor Church in Louisville, KY. He was a retired electrical worker with General Electric at Appliance Park in Louisville, KY.

He was born January 20, 1932, in Christine, Adair Co., KY on January 20, 1932, the son of the late Johnie and Delie McQueary Burton of Adair County.

Survived by his wife of 52 years, Charlotte Faye Peterson Burton, of Kingsport, TN, and the following:
  • One son: Greg Burton and wife Theresa of Kingsport, TN

  • Two brothers: Prenith Burton and wife Deloris of Glasgow, KY; and John Phillip Burton and his wife Naomi of Columbia, KY

  • Five sisters: Margie McKenzie and husband Henry of Louisville, KY; Kathryn Burton of Columbia, KY; Barbara Churchill and husband Tom of California; Betty Jo Sneed and husband William of Columbia, KY; amd Georgie Mings and husband Ralph of Elk Horn, KY

  • Three grandchildren: Adam Burton of Lawrenceburg, KY; Andrew Burton and Ashley Burton of Kingsport, TN

  • And several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends
In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial gifts be made in the form of donation Bashford Manor Baptist Church, 1908 Bashford Manor Lane, Louisville, Ky. 40218 or may be made at the funeral home.Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home in charge of funeral arrangements.

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