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Rev. Lester E. Burton, 86

Rev. Lester E. Burton, beloved husband, father, pastor, grandfather and friend departed this life on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.  He was born March 17, 1931 in Wynne, Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his dad Noah Burton and mother Mattie Ruth Burton McMurtry; step-dad B.I. McMurtry; sisters Frances Davis, Bertha (Bill) Dulin, Josephine (Edsel) Chapman, Vivian Holleman and brother Orville (Edna)Burton.

He is survived by his wife Betty Jean Burton; daughter Donna (Raymond) Young; sons Larry (Marilyn) Burton and Kevin (Janika) Burton.  He leaves 8 grandchildren Chad (Shana) Young, Stephanie (Edson) Abrao, Kristen (Ross) Brown, Justin (Melonie) Burton, Haley Burton, Austin Burton, River Burton and Paisley Burton; 8 great-grandchildren; sister Maxine James and a host of family and friends.

A visitation will be held on Friday, September 29, 2017 from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas.

A Celebration of life will be held Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. at Crystal Hill Baptist Church, 18823 Crystal Valley Road, Little Rock, AR. Interment will follow at Pine Crest Memorial Park, in Alexander. 

Arrangements are under the trusted care and direction of A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400




  • Rev. Allen and Alice Cartwright Posted September 27, 2017 4:51 PM

    Our prayers are with your family

  • Larry Burton Posted September 27, 2017 7:07 PM

    This is my hero and role model for life. I want to grow up to be like my dad. I love you daddy.

  • Melonie Posted September 27, 2017 7:24 PM

    I feel so thankful that Papaw is the first there to meet my baby Hughston. Hughston was named after Papaw, because he was such a great man. I’m sure he saw him and greeted him with a belly slap and “hua hua hua; BOOM POW!” Then he pulled him in and gave him the biggest hug ever. That’s just Papaw.

  • Mike and Lyn Ellis Posted September 27, 2017 7:29 PM

    Praying for the family .

  • Robbin Eilts Posted September 27, 2017 9:57 PM


  • Dale Mitchell Posted September 27, 2017 10:00 PM

    Our thoughts and prayers for the family during this difficult time, brother Burton was a wonderful man of God and always enjoyed his stories he would tell during Sunday school. He will be missed but looking forward to seeing him again soon.

  • Jimmy and Betty Bostic Posted September 28, 2017 2:07 AM

    Prayers for for your family.

  • Barbara Moore Posted September 28, 2017 6:57 AM

    Prayers for all the family, Brother Lester, was a awesome man of God.

  • Loretta Wagnon Childers Posted September 28, 2017 8:39 AM

    Our loss is Heaven’s gain. My family loved Bro. Burton, one of the best pastors we had. My love and prayers to his family.

  • Dwight Posted September 28, 2017 12:07 PM

    Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you, Ray, your mom and siblings during this time. We know your dad was a great man of God – simply by knowing you.

  • Yvonne & Michael Plaxco Posted September 28, 2017 1:25 PM

    Brother Burton was the pastor that married my husband & I 44 years ago. We grieve with the family.

  • Nikki Heil Posted September 28, 2017 1:28 PM

    Donna, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It’s so hard losing your Daddy. From all I’ve read he was a wonderful man. I know you must have a lot of him in you because of how wonderful you are.

  • Gina and Terry James Posted September 28, 2017 7:54 PM

    Precious Burton Family,
    Brother Lester was a true hero of the faith. He was such a kind, joyful man, and he and Sister Betty raised up some of the finest people on the planet. Brother Lester will be missed, but his legacy will live on forever. We are forever blessed to have known him and his wonderful family. May God reach down and comfort each one of you as you mourn the loss of such a great man.

    We love you!

  • Evonne Rice Posted September 28, 2017 9:23 PM

    Lester Burton is one of the finest men I have ever known. Such a tremendous loss here but what a host of loved ones to greet him in Heaven! “Brother Burton” has been a treasured, trusted and respected spiritual leader and friend to me and my family since before I was born in 1957. My precious “Daddy” considered him to be one of the best friends of his his entire 93 year life and was most assuredly thrilled to see him and welcome him home on Tuesday. “On the other side treasures there have I.” I understand now why Heaven feels more and more like home that you long to go to, as you get older and lose your loved ones here on earth. I love you Betty, Larry, Donna and Kevin. You have always been like family to me and always will. I am praying for you and grieving with you in this time of sadness and loss. Evonne Rice

  • Ester Price Posted September 29, 2017 8:32 AM

    Love this family & the impact they had on our family. Our prayers are with you. Rev. Johnny & Ester Price. Betty Fowler (widow of Rev. Walter Fowler)

  • Rose McCranie Posted September 30, 2017 10:25 AM

    Prayers for the ones left behind. Brother Lester Burton has left a legacy to be remembered by all of us. Love you Betty Burton for your example also..

  • Herbert And Earline Free Posted September 30, 2017 11:19 AM

    My prayers are with Berry and family..we have so many great memories of spending time with Lester. He was one on the finest men we have met in our life time

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