Earl Edward Burton, Sr.
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Earl Edward Burton, Sr.
  • July 29, 1917 - May 22, 2017
  • Raleigh, North Carolina

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Earl Edward "Pete" Burton, Sr., 99, a resident at Brighton Gardens, passed away in the comfort of his home on May 22, 2017. Born on July 29, 1917 in Danville, Virginia; he was the son of the late Joseph Max Burton and Mary Etta Nash Burton. He grew up in Spencer, NC. After attending Elon University, he took a job with IBM and received his electrical engineering degree from Bliss Electrical School. He married the love of his life, Ruby Harrison, with whom he shared 70 blessed years of a wonderful marriage.

They moved with IBM to Raleigh and then to Greensboro, NC. There, he was Customer Engineering Manager for about 20 years before being transferred back to Raleigh where he finished his long career with IBM.

Pete was a longtime member and usher at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

He is survived by his children: Dr. E. Edward Burton, Jr. and wife Jayne Carter Burton, of Raleigh, Michael Harrison Burton and wife Sallie Beard Burton, of Atlantic Beach, NC; daughter: Mary Anne "Jerri" Burton Hicks, of Raleigh; grandchildren: Edward (Cindy) Burton, Cooper (Amy) Burton, Shannon (Steve) Read, Deanna (Chuck) Leake, Lauren Burton and Allison Burton; and great-grandchildren: Edward and Bentley Burton, Avery and Beck Burton, Sawyer and Sullivan Read and Colton and Craven Leake.

Pete was the last of the Burton and Harrison Families; preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Harrison Burton in November of 2009 and by his siblings: Joseph "Goaty" Burton, Jr., Ann Ramsey and Mary Etta Nash.

The Burton Family would like to give special thanks to the entire Staff at Brighton Gardens for their loving care these past seven years.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, May 29, 2017 at 1:30 pm at St. Giles Presbyterian Church, with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Transitions LifeCare - 250 Hospice Circle - Raleigh, NC 27607 or to St. Giles Presbyterian Church - 5101 Oak Park Road - Raleigh, NC 27612 or Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church - 2718 Overbrook Drive - Raleigh, NC 27608.