LAKE WYLIE -- Waverly Mason "Burt" Burton passed away at Charlotte Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday, August 2, 2008, after a cerebral hemorrhage.
Burt was born March 11, 1928, on the family farm near Boydton, Va. He was the son of Lucy and William Giles Burton. He was predeceased by his sister, Marjorie Wilkerson, and two half sisters, Vivienne Poss and Alice Boyer. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lorraine; four children, Dr. Matthew Burton and Mrs. Alicia Lloyd, both of Cincinnati, Ohio, Lynette Aggeles of York, S.C., and Tracey Burton Moller of Brunswick, Maine; and eleven grandchildren.
Burt attended Boydton High School and graduated from Virginia Tech University with a degree in Agricultural Engineering and a Second Lieutenant's Commission in the Army Reserves. He was called to active duty in the Korean War and served as Commander of B Battery in the 35th AAA anti-aircraft gun battalion.
Burt joined Caterpillar Tractor Company in 1953 and was employed with Caterpillar for 37 years. He held several management positions in sales and marketing throughout the United States and retired as District Manager for the Southeast States.
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Burt retired in 1990 and lived in River Hills until his passing. Burt was very active in his community, serving as member of the Lions Club, the Board of River Hills Community Association, including as President in 1997. He was a member of the River Hills Community Church, and served as Chairman of the Missions Committee, and the Transportation Coordinator for Care and Kindness. Burt was an active volunteer for the church and always had his pick-up truck available for hauling Christmas trees or donations.
Burt's loves were his wife, Lorraine, his children and grandchildren, the family farm in Virginia, the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, golf, watching sports on television, and playing bridge with his friends.
He would like to be remembered as positive and upbeat while looking for the best in everyone. He was always ready to extend a helping hand.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 6, 2008, at River Hills Community Church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are appreciated to the River Hills Rescue Squad, the River Hills Community Church, or the Lions Club Foundation.
Peace, Farewell and Thank You.
M. L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home in Clover, S.C., is serving the family of Mr. Burton.