L. Gayle Burton, M.D., 87, of Woodville, passed away, Monday, July 30, 2012, at Tyler County Hospital in Woodville, Texas. Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 2, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., at First Baptist Church of Woodville, with burial in Campground Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 1, 2012, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Woodville. Dr. Burton was born December 19, 1924, to Everett Ellsworth & Eunice Sullivan Burton in Cleburne, Texas. He was a longtime resident of Woodville and was a retired physician, with 44 years of service to Tyler County, having founded the Family Medical Clinic. He had been past president of the Woodville Lion's Club, the Heritage Society, and the Chamber of Commerce. He was also a member of the Baylor University Endowment Scholarship Society and Investment Club. He was a U.S. Navy Korean War veteran and had served on the Woodville Independent School Board from 1967-1973. He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church, where he had served as a deacon, a Sunday school teacher, the choir, the Generations Men's Group and AWANA'S. Whatever Dr. Burton became a part of, he was dedicated and faithful to the very end. Matthew 25:23 says it all. Well done, my good and faithful servant! He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Peggy Burton of Woodville; sons, Dr. Bruce Burton & wife, Joan of Corydon, Indiana and Brian Burton & wife, Pam of Pickton, Texas. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Heritage Society, or Tyler County Hospital Foundation Endowment Fund.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Aug. 1, 2012