April 23, 1939 - August 28, 2013
Joshua Burton, Jr. of Irving, Texas passed away on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at Baylor Medical Center in Irving at the age of 74 years old. Joshua was born on April 23, 1939 in Frederick, Oklahoma. His parents were Joshua Burton Sr. and Ada Bell Springs. He married Willie Marie Simpson on October 23, 1961 in Frederick, Oklahoma the ceremony was performed by Rev. Roy Mack. Joshua graduated from Hollis High School in Hollis, Oklahoma. He worked at Dallas Air Motive for 38 years in Irving, Texas. His best friend during his childhood was Roosevelt Danna Jr. Joshua enjoyed working on lawn mowers and cars, playing the lottery and baseball. He was hard working, loving, caring, giving, generous and respected and he will be greatly missed by all those who knew him and loved him.
He is survived by his wife, Willie Marie Burton of Irving, Texas; daughter, Sheila Williams and her husband, Thomas of San Antonio, Texas; son, Gregory Burton of Irving, Texas; grandsons, Kevin A. Williams and Andre J. Williams; granddaughters, Aaliyah M. Burton and Sheyla Blackmon; great grandsons, Kevin D. Williams, Davin J. Williams and Andre T. Williams; great granddaughter, Kaylee L. Williams; siblings, brother, Walter Hill, sister, Bernice Harris Reamon, brother, Melvin Burton; and a host of nieces, nephews and many friends.
Visitation and funeral services in Texas will be on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm with the service beginning at 7:00 pm at Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home, 1820 N. Belt Line Road, Irving, Texas 75062.
Services in Oklahoma will be on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 2:00 pm at First Baptist Church, 301 E. Davis, Tipton, Oklahoma.
Don’t grieve for me for now I’m free.
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard him call.
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work, or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I’ve found that peace at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow:
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full I’ve savored much,
Good times, good friends, a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all to brief,
Don’t lenghten it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, he set me free.