Bobby Joe Burton passed from this world on February 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 2 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 is preceded in death by his Father, Henry Grady Burton, his mother, Erma Pounds Burton, brothers, Jack Pounds Burton, and Tommie Lee Burton and sister, Mary Burton Seay. He is 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 5 children; Bobby Jack Burton and wife Debbie of Lone Grove, Okla., Bethy Janette Burton of San Angelo, Tx., Billy Joe Burton and wife Dawn, of Iraan, Tx.; daughters Belinda Judy Wise and husband Kevin of Odessa, Tx., Bettina Jo Collins and husband, Sheldon of Iraan, Tx.; Sister-in-law Virginia “Gen” Vinson of Abilene, Tx. 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 was held at Johnson’s Funeral Home on Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Services were held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2014 at Johnson’s Funeral Home Chapel in San Angelo. Burial was at Elmwood Cemetery in Abilene at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2014.