Christine Wilson Burttram, 89, passed away on June 27, 2012. Funeral services honoring her life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, June 30, 2012, at Collier Butler Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Sherri Reynolds and Dr. Terry Greer will conduct the service, with burial to follow at Pleasant Hill Methodist Cemetery in Springville.
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Christine was born and raised in Randolph County, Ala. She spent the majority of her life in Gadsden. Upon finishing high school, she worked at Goodyear before joining the Navy at age 21. Christine spent two years in the Navy, serving in the W.A.V.E.S. program, and was stationed in New Orleans. After the Navy, she met and married John Gordon Burttram. They shared 58 wonderful years together before his passing in 2010. During that time, she worked at Litchfield High School as a secretary from 1965 through 1984. She was a longtime member of Central Methodist Church in Gadsden, which ultimately became Christ Central United Methodist Church. Mrs. Burttram was preceded in death by her husband, John G. Burttram Sr.; and her daughter-in-law, Marsha Morrison Burttram.
She is survived by her sons, John Jr. (Patricia) Burttram and Curtis Burttram; three grandchildren, Jennifer (Mark) Davis, Matthew (Emily) Burttram and Lindsey (Allen) Beck; great-grandchild, Luke Davis; sister, Mary Mann; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Christine will long be remembered for her friendly nature, her kindness and hospitality, and her servant's heart. She loved to cook for family and friends. Among her specialties were birthday cakes, pound cakes and tea cakes. Christine was an avid Alabama and Atlanta Braves fan, and her favorite player was Brian McCann. She left a legacy of love for all who knew her.
Pallbearers will be family and friends. Special thanks to Dr. Johnny Wilborn and to the many caregivers at Gadsden Regional Medical Center, Gadsden Health and Rehab and Lawley Hospice, as well as special friend, Connie Walden.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her memory to Christ Central Church.
The family will be receiving friends from 6 to 8 this evening at Collier-Butler Funeral Home.
Condolences may be made at www.collier-butler.com.
Published in The Gadsden Times on June 29, 2012