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John Burton

John Arthur Burton

Friday, May 18th, 1956 - Saturday, November 21st, 2020
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John Arthur Burton, 64, died on November 21, 2020 in Naples, FL surrounded by his family. Born in Atlanta, GA on May 18, 1956 to Hazel Erftenbeck and George Van Waters Burton, John lived nearly his entire life in Atlanta. He graduated from North Springs High School and then from Georgia Tech in 1978 with a degree in Building Construction. He worked as a builder with a commercial construction company for five years before starting his own residential building company. In 2019, John and his wife, Ann, retired and relocated to Marco Island, FL where John built his dream home.

John was a very involved father and enjoyed many outdoor and boating adventures with his two children. He could fix or build anything, always with a great attention to detail and quality. Those skills combined with his consideration for others, his patience and ability to teach, and his diplomacy provided his children and all who knew him a model for living a full-hearted life with great integrity.

John was a member of St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church for over 34 years. His active involvement included serving on the Vestry and as Junior Warden as well as many other church projects. For over 20 years he was very involved with the Boy Scouts and served as Scoutmaster for Troop 379. Over the years he provided guidance to many young men as they worked to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.

John is predeceased by both parents. He is survived by his wife, Ann Fletcher Burton of Marco Island, FL., his son, Wm. Randall Burton and his wife, Jessica of Houston, TX, and his daughter, The Rev. Whitney Ann Burton and her husband, Steven Smith of Roanoke, VA. He is also survived by three siblings, Cathryn Lee Culpepper and her husband Warren of Big Canoe, GA, George Van Waters Burton and his wife Charlotte of Melbourne, FL, and Sally Burton Stone and her husband Nick of Nakomis, FL. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service celebrating John’s life will be held at St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church in Atlanta in the Spring of 2021 with a definite date to be announced. His final resting place will be in the Chapel of the Resurrection at St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Atlanta Area Council of Boy Scouts of America or the American Heart Association.
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Charles Mixon

Posted at 12:41pm
I write this with tears while chuckling at the memories of our many years of trips, adventures & experiences together. Those of us in the scouting ranks benefited from his leadership, volunteerism and quiet contributions. John was always cheerful, uncomplaining & just fun to hang with - we could be cold, wet, tired & miserable in the middle of nowhere, everyone complaining & whining, no humor to be found anywhere & he'd be cracking jokes and funny one-liners. His good judgement prevailed (usually) in some dicey circumstances usually where BSA rules & regs called for caution & compliance. Literally hundreds of boy scouts were beneficiaries of his encouragement, mentoring & guidance - they are better men now because of John's influence when they were kids. John Burton had a servant's heart and was an unconditional giver and he left this world a better place. He will be sorely missed.
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John Wilson

Posted at 09:27am
I had the good fortune of sharing a tent with John on 80% of the campouts and high adventures I experienced with John at Troop 379. John always found solutions for every unexpected obstacle, was a steady hand, never complained about anything, was a wonderful mentor to countless young scouts, and demonstrated in person all of the qualities scouting teaches. My favorite memory of John is a fishing trip in Canada when I sank one of two treble hooks in a large aggressive northern pike and the pike sank the second treble hook shank deep in my thumb. John told me to put my hand in the cold water to numb it and got out his Leatherman. We agreed, contrary to the manual, to back the hook out. I told John “It’s Sunday at Augusta national. You’re on the 18th hole with a 3 foot putt to win. Don’t leave it short.” John sank the putt.
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John Embleton

Posted at 10:32pm
Well over a decade ago, I met John Burton. Rarely, does one meet a person in their life of such high character, wise and who demonstrates genuine leadership. John lead our scout troop as Scoutmaster and committee chair for many years. He was not Just a leader to the scouts, he inspired other adult leaders to do their best. I will miss his council and guidance. A great friend to many. God Speed John until we meet again.
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Elizabeth Morgan Spiegel

Posted at 03:58pm
I feel sure John helped us with our house. Just this month I have appreciated the excellent work he did as other work has been done on our house recently. I show them his work and tell them this is the way it should be. He was such a nice man to work with .
Elizabeth Morgan Spiegel
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Harry W. MacDougald

Posted at 01:20pm
A great man has passed. I was honored to know him.
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