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Pastor Gordon Lawrence Burton, 82

Pastor Gordon Lawrence Burton, 82

Pastor Gordon Lawrence Burton, 82, of Fletcher passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the Elizabeth House after a long illness. His last days passed quietly as he was surrounded by his loving

He was born March 23, 1931, in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa to the late Ithiel Basil Burton and Lenora Pierce Dalton Burton. He was also preceded in death by a son, Glenn Leonard Burton and a brother, I. Barry Burton.

He was a school teacher in Ohio, Newfoundland and Florida, a hospital human resources director in Ontario, Canada, and served as Pastor in Portales, New Mexico, and Lubbock and Midland, Texas. Also in Ketchum, Hugo, Bartlesville and Shattuck, Oklahoma.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Virginia Burton; one son, Gordon Jay Burton and his wife Consuelo of Texas; two daughters, Lenora Burton and her companion Allan Ward of Montana and Charlene

Ingulfsen and her husband Tore of Fletcher; three grandchildren, Darcey, Kristin and Ellen and two nieces and a nephew.

A funeral service will be held 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at the Arden Seventh-day Adventist Church with Pastor Jeff Wait officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Duncan-Iles Foundation, Inc., PO Box 51, Fletcher, NC 28732.

The family would like to thank Dr. Randy Tryon and his staff for their exceptional care.

Condolence cards may be sent to the family at or PO Box 945, Hendersonville, NC 28793.