John E. Burton, 84

John E. Burton, 84, departed this life on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, at the Beebe Healthcare hospital in Lewes, Del., after a long illness. He was born in Millsboro, Del., on April 5, 1935, the ninth child of 18 born to the late Herbert L. Burton Sr. and the late Florence E. Burton. He was born a twin, though his twin brother, James, passed away from illness during infancy.

Burton attended the schools of Millsboro #204 and William C. Jason Comprehensive High School. He worked at SuperFresh grocery store in Lewes, Del., as a butcher, until he retired.

He was full of fun and loved to play sports. He will be sadly missed for his caring ways.

Burton was preceded in death by his brother Herbert Lee Burton Jr., and sisters Anna M. Showell, C. Agnes Tankard, Dorothy E. Byrd, Frances E. Hardcastle and Mary I. Taylor. He is survived by his brothers William E. Burton, Charles T. Burton, Oliver V. Burton and his wife, Helen, H. Nelson Burton Sr. and his wife, Mary, and Joseph L. Burton; his sisters, Martha V. Wise and her husband, Junior, Princess C. Purnell and Fay E. Burton; a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends; and a very close friend, Robin Irving.

Funeral services were to be held Dec. 27, 2019, at Dickerson Chapel A.M.E. Church, Millsboro, Del. Interment was to be private. Condolences may be sent online at