Transcribed by Susan Lang
Henry Burton, 79, died Dec. 24, 2004, at Providence Alaska
A visitation will be from 10:45 to
11:45 a.m. Tuesday at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church
followed by a funeral at noon. The Rev. Alonzo Patterson will
officiate. Burial will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Fort
Richardson National Cemetery.
Mr. Burton was born Jan.
7, 1925, in Shreveport, La., to Alfred Burton II and Henrietta
Monroe-Burton. He attended local schools and professed a hope
in Christ at an early age.
Mr. Burton enlisted in the
Army in 1942 and served his country for three years. He moved
to Fairbanks in 1949 in the company of lifelong friend
Lawrence Colbert. While there, he worked in construction.
Mr. Burton relocated to Anchorage, where he married
Emma Jane Pease in December 1953. The couple purchased a home
on Bragaw Street, and it is still the family home.
Burton was a business owner for more than 50 years, working as
an independent contractor with the U.S. Postal Service.
He was a founding member of Shiloh Missionary Baptist
Church, where he served as an usher.
Mr. Burton and
his wife appeared in Jet magazine during the 1960s in an
article featuring Alaska pioneers.
His family said:
"He was an avid fisherman and always had a ready smile. Henry
will be remembered by his giving spirit and his hardy
He was preceded in death by his adopted
daughter, Shari; three brothers; and two sisters.
Survivors are his wife of 51 years, Emma Jane Burton
of Anchorage; sister, Molly McReady of Oakland, Calif.;
sister-in-law, Christine Robinson of Anchorage; and many
nieces, nephews and friends in Alaska, California, Louisiana
Arrangements were by Witzleben Family
Funeral Homes & Crematory.