NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Graveside services for Mr. John Hornsby Burton, 80, of Carolina Avenue, North Augusta, who died August 9, 2001, will be conducted Monday afternoon at 2, in the Westover Memorial Park with Rev. Randall Monk officiating. Military honors will be accorded. Mr. Burton was a native of Laurens, S.C., having made North Augusta his home for the past 51 years. He was a member of Fairview Presbyterian Church and a member of the Disabled American Veterans. A retired conductor with the CSX Railroad, Mr. Burton was a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and the United Transportation Union. He was the husband of the late Mrs. Jeanette Craig Burton. Mr. Burton was a U.S. Marine Corp Veteran of World War II where he received the Purple Heart. During his service enlistment he volunteered to test the Amphibian Tractor and was assigned to Clearwater, Fla. Upon successful completion of the Amphibian Tractor, test, Mr. Burton was assigned to the first Marine Division, 1st platoon of the 1st Battalion which made the first landing Guadalcanal in preparation for the initial invasion by U.S. Forces. He was the first Amphibian unit to land on the island. Survivors include a son, Richard "Bubba" Burton, Aiken; two daughters, Chris Templeton, Grovetown and Cynthia Eargle, Ridgecrest, Calif.; two brothers, Ben Burton, Augusta and Albert Burton, Belton; a sister, Cynthia Terry, Columbia; five grandchildren, Crissie Leigh Kitchens, Alex Templeton, John- Michael Eargle, Bryan Anderson and Kenneth Anderson; five great-grandchildren, Austin Templeton, Jessica Anderson, Cole Anderson, R.J. Anderson and Austin Anderson; and a special little friend, Hunter Zielinski. The family will receive friends at the funeral home this Sunday evening from 7 to 9, or at the residence. Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home of North Augusta in charge of arrangements.
The Augusta Chronicle-August 12, 2001