John W. Burton, retired U.S. Government (DOD) official, who served as a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran and after retirement as a Christian Pastoral Counselor, was called home to his LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ, on June 15, 2021.
John was born March 3, 1945, in McKinney, Texas. He graduated with a B.A. Degree from California State University, Northridge, California. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam, 1968 to 1970, with the U.S. Army First Infantry Division and the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam in Military Intelligence.
John's civilian career within the U.S. Government included many positions. He concluded his Government career as Director of the Financial Management Department, NAVMTO, Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia, retiring with 29 years of service to his country.
John then continued his education by attending Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina where he earned the Master of Divinity Degree, with Biblical Languages. He served as a Pastoral Christian Counselor and teacher of the Mims Bible Study class, FBCN.
John is survived by his loving wife, Diana and his children, Tammy Perry and her husband, Stephen, and Kim Stanley, and her husband, Bob of Chesapeake, VA; two brothers, Gregory Burton and his wife, Darla of Sherman, Texas, and Terry Burton and his wife, Debbie, of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is survived by six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his parents, John and Pauline Burton.
A viewing will be held at First Baptist Church Norfolk, VA, on Monday, June 21, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. and the funeral service immediately following at 2:00 p.m. The interment and military honors will be at Albert G. Horton, Jr., Memorial Veterans Cemetery, on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 2:00 p.m., under the direction of Snellings Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church International Mission Board (IMB) Fund, Samaritan's Purse, or the Union Mission, Norfolk, VA. Condolences may be offered to the family at: www.snellingsfuneralhome.com
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Published by The Virginian-Pilot on Jun. 18, 2021.