Rev. Riley E. Burton, retired pastor


LAWRENCE -- The Rev. Riley E. Burton, 67, a retired clergy member of the Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church, died May 2, 2008, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.

Services were held May 5 at Newton United Methodist Church with the Revs. Tom Sorrell, Ron Barham and Rayford Woodrick officiating. Pallbearers were Van Lucas, Jack Weaver, Darryl Ford, Robert Logan, David Kerr and Bob Beckley. Burial was in Newton Masonic Cemetery with Newton County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

He was a member of the Newton United Methodist Church and served appointments at Lauderdale, Wesley Chapel, Porterville, Centreville, Adams, Spring Ridge, Summit, Decatur Good Hope, Decatur, Mendenhall, Pearl McLaurin Heights, Morton First UMC, Gautier First UMC, Lake, Richton and Eupora First in Mississippi. He also served in the North Georgia and Louisiana United Methodist conferences. He retired in 2003.

Rev. Burton worked in radio in the Newton and Scott County area for many years. He served as chaplain of Scott County Nursing Home and CMRC in Newton. He was a fan of University of Mississippi athletics.

He was preceded in death by his parents Riley E. Sr. and Velma Jones Burton and grandson Rushing Graham.

Survivors include: wife, Jean Burton of Lawrence; son, Neil Burton of Oxford; daughters, Sharon Graham of Conehatta and Ramona Burton of Jackson; brothers, Kenneth Burton of Guymon Okla., Sen. Terry C. Burton of Newton and Robert Burton of Decatur; sisters, Clara Barham of Lewisville, Texas, and Martha McDougal of Osawatomie, Kan.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to your local church or favorite charity.