John Ernest Burton
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John Ernest Burton of Heathsville, Va. passed on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at his home at the age of 89. He was the first county administrator for Northumberland County and held that position for 28 years. He was a graduate of the University of Virginia. He was a veteran and served in the U. S. Army for two years. He was a teacher, deputy sheriff and a farmer. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No 109 for 50 years. He was member of Fairport Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon. John loved the outdoors, fishing and sports. He traveled but was always ready to come back to Northumberland County. He loved the Lord and read his bible daily. He was always willing to help people. John is survived by his wife of 59 years, Brenda; a daughter, Gay and her husband Reuben; grandson, Burton and his wife, Melissa; granddaughter, Jessica; two great grandsons, Jeb and Charlie; and a nephew, Stevie. A memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at Fairport Baptist Church with a reception following the service. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Hospice of Virginia, 1328 Tappahannock Blvd., Tappahannock, VA 22560