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Ansel Gerald Burton, Sr., 81, resident of 1305 East Broad St. passed away peacefully at his home on Monday April 7, 2014.
He was born in Iva, SC Feb. 20, 1933 a son of the late Walter Augustus Burton and Essie Emily Leverette Burton. He was the widower of Nancy Kirby Burton. He was a member of Rocky River Baptist Church.
He is survived his children Theo and Lisa Williams of Batesburg, SC, Linda and Guy Simpson, Susan and Gerald Burton and Michael Burton all of Iva, SC; one sister Annie Smith of Iva, SC; his friend and caregiver Debra Machen; twelve grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two grandchildren, two brothers Ray and Lee Burton, three sisters Sybil Mitchell, Iris Smith and Opal Parnell.
A Celebration of Ansel's Life will be conducted Wednesday April 9, 2014 at 4:00 PM in Rocky River Baptist Church with the Revs. Michael McMillion and Bobby Jones officiating.
The family will receive friends Wednesday afternoon from 3:00 until 4:00 PM in the church sanctuary. The family is at their respective homes.
Memorials in memory of Ansel may be made to Rocky River Baptist Church 3234 Lake Secession Rd. Iva, SC 29655 or to Hospice of the Upstate 1835 Rogers Rd. Anderson, SC 29621.
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