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Burton, Arthur Thomas

Male 1929 - 2009  (80 years)


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  • Name Burton, Arthur Thomas 
    Born 6 Aug 1929  Danville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 4897 
    Died 5 Sep 2009  Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I4832  Caswell County
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2022 

    Father Burton, William Arthur,   b. 14 Aug 1896, Henry County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1971, Blanch, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Reagan, Edith Louvenia,   b. 30 Mar 1905, Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1978, Durham, Durham County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 22 Dec 1923  Danville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reference Number 36435 
    Family ID F2574  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Living 
    Children 
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    Last Modified 25 Nov 2022 
    Family ID F2579  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 6 Aug 1929 - Danville, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 5 Sep 2009 - Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Arthur Thomas Burton (1929-2009)

      Greensboro - Captain Arthur Thomas "Tom" Burton (Ret.), 80, died at Moses Cone Hospital on Saturday evening, September 5, 2009, about an hour after having a hemorrhagic stroke at home. Tom was born August 6, 1929, in Danville, Virginia, where he grew up. He was the son of William Arthur Burton and Edith Louvenia Reagan, both deceased. After joining the U.S. Marine Corps in 1946, Tom met the love of his life, Jeanne Sidonie Etkins, in Brooklyn, N.Y., while his ship was in dry-dock there. They married in 1949 and shared almost 60 years together as devoted husband and wife, and as the parents of two children, Anne Colleen (Burton) Washburn and William "Bill" Regan Burton. Tom proudly served his country for more than 40 years as an enlisted man in the Navy and Marines, as a supervisor of ship builders in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and then as a boat captain for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in New York Harbor, enforcing environmental compliance regulations.

      Tom was proud of his service to his country and even more proud of his family. He was a big man, brought up in tough times and tough enough to do whatever had to be done to ensure that his family was provided for, and he was proud of what he'd done, and of whatever his family did. He never knew a stranger, never felt he couldn't do whatever had to be done, and was smart way beyond his schooling. He was a man's man, able to do anything with his hands, and able to see possibilities where others didn't, whether in rescuing a discarded object to be refurbished and put to new use, or creating a tool or piece of furniture from scratch.

      In 1989, after his retirement from the Army Corps of Engineers, "Capt. Tom" (as his license plate used to read) and Jeanne moved to Greensboro, N.C., where their daughter, Anne and her husband, Bruce and children, Ben and Hannah, live, and close to where their son, Bill, lives in Chapel Hill. Tom, as was his style, quickly learned his way around his new hometown and made friends throughout the neighborhood, from the gas station to the grocery store and everywhere in between. Folks always knew when Tom was in the area, for his deep voice and laugh were unmistakable and could not be missed, and he always enjoyed sharing his stories and laughter with others. Arthur Thomas "Tom" Burton was an irrepressible and irreplaceable husband, father, grandfather, father-in-law and friend, and he will be missed by all who knew and loved him. His family will be honoring Tom with a private memorial service at Magnolia Cemetery in Elon, N.C. Forbis & Dick Guilford Chapel is serving the Burton family. Offer condolences at www.forbisanddick.com

      See also:
      Burton-Washburn Genealogy