THOMAS LEE BURTON son of the late Mildred Burton and Henry Nottingham was born December 14, 1951, in Northampton County, Virginia. BuddyBall and ButterBall as he was affectionately called entered eternal rest on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital.
Thomas was educated in the Northampton County Public School system. He worked at Bayshore Concrete in Cape Charles, Virginia and he also picked oranges in Florida. After his move to Camden, New Jersey, he was employed as a security guard for years. He later moved back to Virginia where he found employment at Tyson Foods. Thomas was a very hard-working man. In his spare time he would play his guitar, listen to music, and talk about his previous cars (especially his Cadillac). His favorite saying was, “Your car is nice, but it’s not better than my Cadillac.”
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mildred Burton and Henry Nottingham; one granddaughter, Shanette Burton; one stepdaughter, Denean Collins; one sister, Evelyn Dawkins; four brothers, Henry, Larry, Keith, and Walter Burton; one aunt, Edith Waters; uncles, Solomon, Edward, Thomas, William, and James.
Thomas leaves to cherish his precious memories: his wife, Barbara Burton of twenty-one years that he loved dearly; three daughters, Stephanie Hanks (John), Tameshia Jeffers (Kendall), and Cindy Love; nine grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; stepson, Terrance Sample; three step-grandchildren, Dwayne, Dakeitta, and Courtney; four step great-grandchildren; three sisters, Clettie Burton, Helen Burton, and Loretta Handy (Norman); three brothers, Benjamin Burton, Kenneth Burton (Vivian), and Kelvin Burton; one sister-in-law, Jean Burton; two aunts, Gloria Graves and Everlena Gunter; one uncle, Lewis Burton; nine nieces and nine nephews; special nephew, Jeff Bryant, special nieces, Cynthia Dawkins and Freda Jones; special great nephew, Ty Trower; special cousin, Melvin Burton; best friend, John Townsend; and a host of great nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.