Andrew Stephen "Andy" Burton
1966 - 2021
Andrew "Andy" Stephen Burton

March 3, 1966 - April 23, 2021

Andrew Stephen Burton, 55, of Salem, passed away on Friday, April 23, 2021.

Andy was known for being a hardworking man, as well as being well respected by his friends and community. His family was his world, and his love was without question, especially to whom he considered his greatest accomplishments, his children. An avid reader, he would spend countless hours reading books, working with computers, or wood working. Andy has no doubt left an impression on the hearts of many people and will deeply missed by those who knew and loved him.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Maurice and Pauline Smith, Elmer and Sylvatus Burton; as well as his father, Robert Lee Burton.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of over thirty years, Melanie Lynne Burton; mother, Judith Catharine Smith Burton; son, Matthew Scott Burton; daughters, Rebecca Erin and Maigen Grace Burton; and last but not least his best friend and dog, Amelia. Also left to cherish his memory are numerous other family members and dear friends.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a celebration of his life at 1 p.m. in the chapel of John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home, in Salem. Andy will be laid to rest at Sherwood Memorial Park immediately following the service. Pastor Bobby Pickle will be officiating. Masks or other forms of facial coverings are required as well as following social distancing guidelines.

Online condolences, as well as accessing the live stream broadcast of Andy's service can be done by visiting the funeral home's website,

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Published by Roanoke Times from Apr. 25 to Apr. 26, 2021.
11:00a.m. - 1:00p.m.
John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home & Crematory
305 Roanoke Boulevard, Salem, VA 24153
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Andy was an amazing husband to my daughter, Melanie. He was a great Dad and his children were so blessed by his love and support. He passed his love of books and computers. Matt, Rebecca and Maigen will miss warm hugs and all of their mutual love for him. Melanie, and there mutual love as best friends and husband and wife. Their love, mutual as well as the respect and mutual support of each other will not be forgotten. God Bless you Andy, you will be missed by many.
Gloria Hopkins
May 1, 2021
In the short time I knew Andy it was clear that he was the kind of person who always brought joy into every situation. His kindness, intelligence, humor, and caring for those around him were so evident that you couldn't help but want to spend time with him. I leave this message to represent the countless people Andy has met over the years who I'm positive he also brought happiness and joy to. The world was lucky to have Andy, we were all blessed to have met him, we will never forget him, and we will always feel joy when thinking of him. Thanks for being such an awesome person Andy!
A Friend
April 28, 2021
I have so many fond memories of Andy in his youth especially. Beginning at least in Junior High School and lasting through High School, he and a group of friends spent most days (it seems) and hours at my house just hanging out and playing games (D&D, in particular as I recall). He made a lasting impression on me because he was always polite, kind, smart, attentive, and sweet; always eager to help. He was like another son to me. My son, Steve Finch, was his friend for life and will miss him so very much. I remember too going to his and Melanie's wedding in DC. He was so very happy. He adored Melanie and the kids. They were the greatest joy of his life. I have included a picture of myself, Andy, and Steve in Philly at the liberty bell, while visiting Steve in King of Prussia. I'm grateful he allowed us into his life.
Shirley Frykman, Oak Ridge, Tenn.
April 27, 2021
Andy will always be remembered as one of our beloved BSA Troop 51 leaders as he spent countless hours helping our young men using his wealth of knowledge. After, Matthew reached the rank of Eagle Scout, Andy shared how important it was for him to be at home with Maigen and watch her grow and give her equal time. I will miss him and I will ever be grateful for how he poured into my boys as they reached the rank of Eagle Scout. Blessings and prayers to you all as I extend my sincerest and heartfelt condolences during this time. Andy a life well lived; rest in power.
The Pennix Family
April 26, 2021