Funeral services for James Strickland "Strick" Burton of Tyler, Texas will be Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at 2 p.m. in the Stewart Family Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bill Taylor and Dr. Karl Peyton officiating.
Interment will follow in Concord Cemetery, Troup, Texas under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.
James went to be with the Lord on April 8, 2017, and has been reunited with his wife Aloise. Mr. Burton was born on June 5, 1918, in Cherokee County, Texas to John and Mabel (Strickland) Burton. He was raised in and around Price, Texas and attended Carlisle School. He met Aloise (Woodall) and they were married on June 1, 1940. He worked in and around Troup for many years before he enlisted into the Army where he served in WWII in the Philippines and Japan.
After returning from WWII they lived in Tyler and he went to work for Texas Power and Light Company as a lineman. He retired from TP&L in June 1980. He was a Police Reserve Officer in Tyler for many years volunteering many hours where he retired as Captain.
Mr. Burton was a member of Tyler First Church of the Nazarene, where he was always there to welcome everyone each Sunday and had the coffee on and ready for you when you arrived. He and his wife were involved with the Prime Timers where they made many longtime friends.
Mr. Burton is survived by two children, Jim Burton of Tyler, Kathy Ward and husband Larry of Tyler; five grandchildren, Shay Burton and wife Camille of Tyler, Jami Wire of Canton, Cody Burton of Plano, Colton Ward of Tyler, Cicely Burton of Plano; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 65 years, his five siblings and two grandchildren.
Honorary pallbearers are his Sunday School Class at Tyler First Nazarene. Pallbearers will be Shay Burton, Cody Burton, Colton Ward, Ryan Young, John Byerly and Brandon McCaa.
Mr. Burton was a loving father, grandfather and was proud of his family and his many friends. He was honored and very appreciative of the chance to go on the Hero's Flight sponsored by Brookshires at the age of 96. He got to visit the WWII memorial and many other attractions in Washington D.C. area. He said it was one of the highlights of his life.
After he retired he stayed busy doing electrical work and he and his wife loved to travel and camp with friends and family.
Visitation is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at Stewart Family Funeral Home.
Thank you to the staff of the Wesley House in Lindale for all of the great care and to Heart to Heart Hospice.
Stewart Family Funeral Home - Tyler
7525 Old Jacksonville Highway
Tyler, TX 75703
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Apr. 11, 2017