During World War II, Mr. Burton served in the U. S. Navy and was stationed at Camp Peary, Va. After the war, he owned a dairy farm in Mississippi, which he often said was the most enjoyable work he ever did. His main career was in accounting, however. He worked at First National Bank in the late 1930’s, was vice president of Burton Manufacturing Company during the 1950s and 1960s, and then owned a private accounting business for the next 30 years.
Long active in his community, Mr. Burton gave many years of service to the Lions Club, and to the First Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday School and directed singing. At the time of his passing he had returned to his boyhood church, New Prospect Baptist. His favorite activities throughout his lifetime were music, fishing, travel, Alabama football and telling a good joke. He believed a positive outlook and a sense of humor were essential for a happy life.
Mr, Burton married Ivous Sizemore of Guin in 1937. They were together more than 65 years, until she passed away in 2003. They had three children, Linda, Craig Jr., and Hal; three grandchildren, Michael, Richard and Scott Shumate, and 11 great-grandchildren.
His second marriage was to Opal Burkett Amerson of Jasper in 2004, which brought her daughter Sonya into his life, as well as two more grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and many Burkett brothers and sisters.
Mr. Burton is survived by his wife, Opal Burton of Jasper, his daughter, Linda Burton of Birmingham, his sons, Craig Burton Jr. of Northport and Hal Burton of Key Largo, Fla.; his grandsons, Michael (Karen), Richard (Teresa) and Scott (Tami) Shumate; his great-grandchildren, Jeffrey, Jason, Justin, Kaitlyn, Matthew, Andrew, Kayla and Samuel Shumate and Alec, Brett and Jake Jones; and nine nieces and nephews. Other surviving family members are stepdaughter Sonya (B.A.) Moore of Odenville, step-grandchildren Mylola (Gary) Roche of Pensacola, Fla., Daniel Williams of Empire, and Karen Amerson of Jasper; step-great-grandsons, Drake Roche and Cory (Heather) Amerson; and step-great-great-grandson, Ashton Amerson .
Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Kilgore-Green Chapel with burial in Walker Memory Gardens. Visitation will be today, Sept. 29, 2011, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Kilgore-Green Funeral Home, Jasper; 205-384-9503