Charles R. Burton
Charles R. Burton
  • October 3, 1920 - May 23, 2017
  • Winter Park, Florida

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Colonel Charles Rhoades Burton USAF (Ret) age 96, of Winter Park, Florida passed away on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Charles was born on October 3, 1920 in Carlisle, Kentucky to Madison Rhoades and Martha Potts Burton. After graduating from Henry Clay High School, Lexington, Kentucky, he earned a B.A. degree in Economics and an R.O.T.C. commission as a 2nd Lieutenant from the University of Kentucky in 1942. He reported for active duty at Hill Field with the Army Air Corps in March 1942 and returned to the university to be the first student to graduate in uniform in June of that year. He served as an adjutant in the Army Air Corps during World War II from 1942 – 1944 in the European Theater of Operations where he was assigned to the 11th Air Depot Group at Burtonwood Air Depot, England and La Senia Aerodrome, Oran, Algeria. Later he served in Headquarters 15th service Command in Tunis and Bari, Italy. He was among the first group of troops that sailed overseas on the original Queen Mary, which was used as a transport ship during the war. After the war, while on active duty with the Air Corps Reserves at Godman Field, Fort Knox, Kentucky, he met Marydel Miller. They were married in the base chapel at Ft. Knox in 1948. He was admitted to the Kentucky Bar in 1949 and graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1950. Following graduation and prior to his recall to active duty during the Korean Conflict as a Captain and Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force, he was in private practice in Taylorsville, Kentucky. In 1952 he accepted a regular commission in The Judge Advocate General Department of the Air Force and served until his retirement in 1977. During that period he was stationed in Virginia, California, England and Korea. Upon his retirement as a Colonel and the Staff Judge Advocate of Tactical Air Command Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, he was awarded the Legion of Merit medal for “exceptionally meritorious conduct in performance of outstanding services”. As a member of ‘The Greatest Generation” and a product of the “Great Depression”, he acquired the values of hard work, responsibility and patriotism at a young age, working his way through college and preparing to serve his country. Charley was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and was selected by the national office to be the fraternity’s first chapter consultant. He was a member of Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity and the Masonic Lodge No. 1 of Lexington, Kentucky. He was a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Ellen Rhoades Burton. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Marydel Miller Burton and 3 daughters, Martha Allen Lyons (Robert) of Senoia, GA, Maryanna Koziar (Robert) of Anderson, SC. and Linnell Burton of Winter Park, Florida. Also, 3 grandchildren; David Robert Lyons, Philip Charles Lyons and Mary Katherine Koziar. Graveside services will be conducted at Camp Nelson national Cemetery, Kentucky on Friday, June 2nd, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice in memory of Charles R. Burton.