Gary Ray Burton, 72, of Lawrenceburg, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, at his residence.
He was the son of the late Lawson Freeman and Arlie Dodson Burton.
He was a member of Crestwood Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, and choir member. He was a graduate of Maysville High School (1959), Morehead State University, and Georgetown College.
He retired from Anderson County School system, serving as band director at the middle and high school. He also served as band director at Washington County High School and assistant director at Larue County High School. He was a member and past president of the 5th district KMEA, former member of the Lions Club, member of the Anderson County Gideons, and was former minister of music at Sand Spring Baptist Church.
He was former director of the Hims of Harmony at First Baptist Church and was Per Diem for McGraw-Hill Publishers.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Sara Frances Drury Burton; son, Brad Burton and his wife, Melissa; granddaughter, Lyndon Burton, all of Lawrenceburg; sister, Joyce Marshall, Frankfort; mother-in-law, Helen Drury, Lawrenceburg; nieces, Jane Carpenter, Lee Ann May, Frankfort, Sue Porter, Lexington.
Funeral services were held Dec. 1 at Crestwood Baptist Church with Dr. Mike Hail and Bro. Rick Shannon officiating. Burial followed in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Crestwood Baptist Church building fund, 1006 East Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601.