Andrew Burton, Jr.

2/2/2020

We are here to celebrate the Home Going Service for our beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, Andrew Burton Jr. He was the youngest offspring of his pre-deceased parents Mr. Andrew Burton Sr. and Mrs. Charlotte Gant Burton.

Andrew Burton Jr. was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina on June 8, 1936. He attended the local schools and later began transporting students as a school bus operator. As a young man, he met and married Dolores Mitchell to which their three children Donella Jones, Andrew Burton III, and Magdalene Burton all of Columbia, SC were born. Sometime thereafter, Andrew Jr. or (June) as he was affectionately called by the family, relocated to New York which later became his adopted home. He became an automobile aficionado which in translation means he never saw a vehicle he didn't like. 

Andrew also served as a Deacon. With his strong bond to the Lord, countless hours were spent at church and church-related functions. He was always willing to go above and beyond his duties as one of the Deacons. When he was called upon he responded to any member's need for assistance at any time willingly. Being in the presence of the Lord, his home church, and family he enjoyed speaking and praising God. It gave him great pleasure to serve. 

Andrew was gainfully employed by the New York City/State Board of Education from which he retired, but not before attaining the title of Fireman for the same institution. He was a man of pride and it showed once he obtained his Certificate of Merit, and Cosmetology License from The Wilfred Beauty Academy. 

Settling down was not his intent until he met the apple of his eye.  Later in life when the stars were aligned he met and married Joan Calhoun. Through this union came three children Richard Smith, of Aberdeen, N.C., Veronica Williams of Warwick, N.Y. and Kendall Burton of Aberdeen, N.C. 

Andrew's siblings who preceded him in death are Willie Burton, James Burton, Luther Burton, and Edward Burton.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Mrs. Joan Burton, his children, Donella Jones, Andrew Burton III, Magdalene Burton, Richard Smith, Veronica Williams, and Kendall Burton.  His sisters in- law Bertha Marie Haynes Burton and Velma Lewis. His grandchildren Kendel McDaniel, Tiajuana Green, Reno Burton, and Kalira Khrystal Bell. His great-grandchildren- Darius Gogains and Jacquan Saddler and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Private arrangements were made.

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