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Joseph Odell Burton, Adair County, KY (1933-2012)

He was a member of a large, highly regarded Northeast Adair County, KY family. He was a logger and farmer. He was a widely known for his environmentally sound timber management practices and his love and knowledge of draft animals. He was founder of one of Adair County's largest and longest running festivals, the first Saturday in March Mule Pulling Day at his farm in The Millerfields

Joseph Burton age 79 of the Millerfield Community of Adair County passed away Saturday April 7, 2012 at 9:40 amCT at his home.

Funeral services will be Monday, April 9, 2012 at 10amCT, at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY, with Bro. David Coffey officiating. Interment in the New Hope Cemetery, 131 New Hope Church Road, Columbia, KY. The family request visiting after 4:30pmCT on Sunday, April 8, 2012, at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home.


Joseph Odell Burton, Adair County, KY (1933-2012)

Joseph Burton was born February 23, 1933 in Adair County, KY. He was the son of the late Lether and Ruthie Bryant Burton. He died Saturday, April 7, 2012, in Columbia, Adair County, KY, at the age of 79 years, 1 month, and 13 days.

He is survived by his wife of 59 1/2 years: Rachel Holmes Burton of Columbia, KY, and the following:
  • One daughter: Connie Rich and husband David of Dunnville, KY

  • Two sons: Phillip Burton and wife Beverly of Columbia, KY; and Larry Burton of Columbia, KY

  • Two brothers: Wendell Burton and Onda Wayne Burton both of Columbia, KY

  • One sister: Katie McKinney of Columbia, KY

  • Five grandchildren: Nathan Burton, Aaron Burton, Cody Burton, Penny Brown, Abby Burton

  • One step grandchild: Wesley Melson

  • Eight great grandchildren

  • Brothers and sisters in law: Ray and Jean Holmes, Junior and Ann Holmes, Roger and Gayle Holmes, Ruth Wright, Fay and Buel Bottoms

  • Several nieces, nephews and host of friends
Joseph Burton was preceded in death by son: Kevin Randall Burton one August 30, 1983, one grandchild, April Lynn Burton, one sister Wanda Burton; five brothers, Zenith Burton, Jimmy Burton, Rondal "Moonbeam" Burton, Goble Burton, Minnie Burton and his father and mother in law Lindsey and Thelma Holmes.

Joseph Burton was a logger and a farmer. He was a widely known for his environmentally sound timber management practices and his love and knowledge of draft animals. He was founder of one of Adair County's largest and longest running festivals, the first Saturday in March Mule Pulling Day at his farm in The Millerfields

Sign guest book for family of Joseph Burton

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


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