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Bertha Burton, 83, member of Freedom Separate Baptist Church

Mrs. Burton was a highly respected member of the community and was the beloved matriarch of a large family She leaves 58 living descendants. Her passing marks a significant moment in the history of the Burton family of Adair County, as she was the last survivor of a generation. She will be remembered by hundreds of former Colonel Casey School students for her many years there. Mrs. Burton was an Honorary Kentucky State Trooper, with three sons and a grandson on the force
Bertha Burton, 83, 178 Denver Coe Road, Russell Springs, KY, formerly of Columbia, KY, passed away Friday at 9:32 a.m., at her home following an illness.

The funeral service will be Monday, May 8, 2006, at 1:00 p.m., at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg ST, Columbia, KY, with Bro. Richard Curtis, Bro. Carlie Riggs, and Bro. David Coffey officiating. Interment will be in Freedom Cemetery.

She was a member of the Freedom Separate Baptist Church. She had retired after working as a cook at Colonel William Casey for the Adair County Board of Education, and was an Honorary State Trooper for the Kentucky State Police. Three sons and a grandson were members of the Kentucky State Police.

Mrs. Burton was the daughter of the late Mont O. and Bertha E. Grider Wilson.

Her death marked a significant moment in the history of the Burton family of Adair County. She was the last member of the generation of Burtons which included the children of John Chrismon Burton (1855 - 1927) and Amanda Carolyn Kimbler (1870 - 1947) Burtons.

Mrs. Burton was the widow of Robert Burton, who preceded her in death on April 2, 1987.

She is survived by the following:
  • Five sons: Mike Burton, Russell Springs, KY; Jerry Burton and Gary Burton, both of Columbia, KY; and Arnold Burton and Danny Burton, both of Dunnville, KY

  • Three daughters: Brenda Beecher, Florida; Patricia Thomas, Russell Springs, KY; and Teresa Withers, Louisville, KY

  • And 27 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren
In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by two sons, Albert Burton and Allen Burton; and two daughters, Carol Sue Knifley and Gwendolyn Burton.

She was further preceded in death by a grandson, Robert Clifford Burton on April 19, 1990; a granddaughter, Wanda Burton on July 3, 2001, and one sister, Mazie Wilson, on January 19, 1990.

Visitation will be at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, Columbia, KY, after 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 7, 2006.

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: you trust, caring for people you love.

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