SAN ANGELO Bobby Joe Burton passed from this world on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, in San Angelo, Texas. He was born June 6, 1931, in Stamford and grew up and graduated from Moran in 1949, then he attended Ranger Jr. College. He joined the Air Force in 1949, and served more than two years in Korea and Japan. He was honorably discharged in 1954. Bobby married the love of his life, Betty Jo Holt, May 20, 1955, in Albany. They resided in Moran and began his 39-year career with West Texas Utilities that saw stops in Moran, Santa Anna, Iraan and Big Lake until he retired in 1994. After his retirement he and Jo moved to their current home in San Angelo, where he was active in the V.F.W
. holding positions from post commander to national aid-de-camp. He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Grady Burton; his mother, Ermma Pounds Burton; brothers Jack Pounds Burton and Tommie Lee Burton; and sister Mary Burton Seay. He was also preceded in death by his in-laws, Clarence T. Holt and Gladys Waggoner Holt; and brother-in-law Dub Vinson. Bobby is survived by his wife; and five children, Bobby Jack Burton and wife Debbie of Lone Grove, Okla., Bethy Jeanette Burton of San Angelo, Texas, Billy Joe Burton and wife Dawn of Iraan, Texas; daughters Belinda Judy Wise and husband Kevin of Odessa, Texas, Bettina Judy Collins and husband Sheldon of Iraan, Texas; and sister-in-law Virginia "Gen" Vinson of Abilene, Texas. Bob was blessed with 12 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren, who lovingly call him Papa. Bob met and made many friends throughout his life and he cherished each of them. He coached youth baseball and was an active Scout master who shaped the lives of many young athletes and outdoorsman to become better young men. A visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Johnson's Funeral Home. Service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, in Johnson's Funeral Home chapel in San Angelo. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Elmwood Cemetery in Abilene.