Commonwealth Journal


October 18, 2012

Arlen Burton


Arlen V. Burton, 4207 Highway 32, Louisa, Ky., passed away on Oct. 15 at the age of 81. He passed away peacefully at J.J. Jordan Geriatric Center near his home in Louisa.  
Arlen was born in Delmer, Ky. on May 28, 1931 to the late Oscar C. Burton and the late Flonnie Smith Burton.
Besides his parents, three brothers preceded him in death: Marlon, Glen and Bernard Burton. 
He was formerly married to the late Barbara Norton Cruickshank. To than union were born two daughters: Sherry Burton Barker (husband William) of Louisville, Ky. and Sonya Burton Wedge (husband Ronald) of Charleston, W. Va. 
He has five grandchildren, Sarah, Hayley and Will Barker, Mitchell and Madison Wedge. 
Other survivors include the following siblings: sisters Jewel (late Gene) Bramel of Erlanger, Ky., Montie (late Rev. Leon ) Wesley of Louisville, Ky. Lillian (Tom ) Morrow of Fairfax, Va., and Christine (Ben) Shadoan of Greenville, S.C. Arlen was a graduate of Nancy High School.
After graduation he joined the United States Army to serve in the Korean Conflict to serve his country as a medical aidman and attained the rank of Sergeant. Upon his return to the United States he enrolled and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. He worked for the USDA Soil Conservation as a District Conservationist and retired with over 25 years of service. He was a member of the Lawrence County Board of Supervisors with the Lawrence County Conservation District with 25 years of service, where he served as chairman for the past five years. He was a member of Lawrence County Farm Bureau for over 26 years where he served as vice-chair for the past year. 
He was a volunteer at the Eagle Ridge Golf Course and he was a former employee of the Lawrence County Board of Education where he was a substitute teacher and bus driver. He was a member of American Legion in Kenova, W. Va. He was a member of the Louisa United Methodist Church. He was an avid golfer and fisherman and had a love of  the outdoors.
Visitation for Arlen V. Burton will be held on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Young Funeral Home in Louisa, Ky. 
Graveside service with military honors will be conducted on Friday, Oct. 19 at 1:30 p.m. at Mill Springs National Cemetery, Nancy, Ky., by the American Legion Post #38 where he will be laid to rest.
This obituary is courtesy of the Pulaski Funeral Home.

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