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Major Harold Boyd Burton

January 2, 1931September 2, 2020

Major Harold Boyd Burton, 89, of Monroe, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, September 2, 2020, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born January 2, 1931 in Milledgeville, Georgia to the late Valda Wade and Bessie Adams Burton. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Belinda Burton Perkins and a son, Phillip Wade Burton.

Harold retired from the United States Air Force as a fighter pilot. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Monroe. Harold loved to golf and spend time with his family.

Survivors include three daughters, Deborah Burton Mixon (Timothy), Dianne Burton Faulkner (Ken), and Valerie Burton Stapleton (Christopher); 14 grandchildren and multiple great-grandchildren.

A joint celebration of Harold and Peggy's lives will be held Tuesday, September 15, at 11:00 a.m., at the Bernstein Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Todd Ware officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Monday, September 14, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Phillip Mixon, Brandon Withrow, Christopher Stapleton, Ken Faulkner, William Faulkner and Harry Slimming.

Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements www.BernsteinFuneralHome.com


  • Visitation

    Monday, September 14, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020


Major Harold Boyd Burton

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Debbie Mixon

September 13, 2020

The beautiful memories you and Mom left with me will be cherished for all the remaining days of my life. I love you, Daddy. Rest In Peace.

Brenda Jordan

September 13, 2020

Harold and Peggy were great individuals. He and I taught school at Hart County High in the 80’s. We were on the same hall. He was a very respected man by all the faculty and students. When he would mention Peggy and the family his eyes would light up and he would have that wonderful smile. You could see the love he had for Peggy and all of you. He was a fine Christian man. Sorry to hear you have lost not only Harold but Peggy also. My Prayers are with all of you that God will surround you with His Mercy and Grace.

Valerie Stapleton

September 10, 2020

My most precious memories I have of my father are the ones I share with my children and family. Some of the fun adventures include boating and having picnics at State Parks. Others include Icee time and my Dad's funny tall tales. My father's influence on education was infectious. His sense of humor, love for my mother and his sense of duty as a father were admirable. Thank you for always saying my hair looked pretty!
See you later Dad!

Elizabeth Withrow

September 6, 2020

PopPop was the best grandfather! My favorite memory is Icee time. PopPop would take us to Walmart to get an Icee and whatever snack we wanted and afterwards we would get to pick out a toy. He was the ultimate prankster. He was a tremendous husband, father, and grandfather. I love you PopPop!

Lauren Slimming

September 6, 2020

PopPop was the biggest jokester I’ve ever known. My entire life he kept me laughing every time we were together. He was also a caring grandfather who was extremely proud of his grandchildren for all of our accomplishments. He and I would talk about college, graduate school, and teaching often. He would give me advice or share how proud he was of me. Our love of education was something we bonded over. I’ve been so incredibly blessed to have had him as my grandfather. You can’t replace the extra love of a grandparent cheering you on in life and  making you feel so special. I’ll cherish our memories forever, and always celebrate what a beautiful and full life he lived

Rachel Stapleton

September 5, 2020

I loved my Pop Pop so much. He was such a jokester and he would tease my Grandma. I remember when I was little I would stay a night at my Grandparents house, and my Pop Pop would ask me where I wanted to go for breakfast. And I told him I wanted to go to Cracker Barely because it was my favorite place to go to with my Grandparents.

Dianne Faulkner

September 4, 2020

I loved my dad very much! There are so many memories of fun times I had with him. I remember standing on his feet as he danced me across the room. He would dress up like Santa every Christmas Eve to get us excited about Santa coming. As I got older, he loved to do pranks on us. He loved the short sheet prank. I hoped it would be me every time he did it. My fondest memory were the fishing trips on our boat. I was his fisherman buddy. We would take the boat out early in the morning, catch as many fish as we could. We would bring our catch home, where my dad and I would get the fish ready for Mom to cook. We would feast on our catch of the day with Mom’s famous hush puppies. I loved those times with my dad. He was an amazing Air Force Pilot, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He loved my mom dearly! I will miss him, but know that one day we will meet again in Heaven. I love you, Dad!

Brooke Garris

September 3, 2020

Pop Pop, the man who created/started it all! He was the leader of icee time, pranks, punctuality, and most of all our family. He could tell you some great stories of Air Force days and always knew the score of every UGA football game. He even flew in one of the super bowls. How cool!!!! He made sure everyone wore sunscreen, studied for tests, and laughed. I will forever be grateful that my children got the chance to meet the inventor of "touch my ear," and "see food." May you fly high pops and look down at us often. Your little buddy Axel will continue to learn about planes while having people touch his ear. I hope God likes that joke up there in heaven. I won't say goodbye, just see ya later pops. I love ya.

Miranda Stapleton

September 3, 2020

Pop Pop is the most hilarious and intelligent man I’ve ever known. He never missed an opportunity to play a prank or share a joke. He valued education tremendously and earned three degrees and in addition to retiring as a major in the United States Air Force, he also retired as a high school economics teacher. He is one reason I valued my own education so much, and even in college I would call him to tell him my grades at the end of each semester. He tried to teach me how to make the most perfect paper airplane (I couldn’t) and he always told me how beautiful he thought my hair, clothes, etc were. I will miss his hugs and the quick kiss and “I love you” he would tell me when we would say goodbye. It isn’t goodbye but until we meet again ❤️

Bridget Shields

September 3, 2020

My grandfather, "Dad", was so much fun to be around. He was always making us laugh and telling us funny stories. There are so many fun memories. His story of the man with the golden arm, making the perfect paper airplanes, playing the piano with his coveted head nod, and hiding my cell phone or car keys are just a few of the memories that make me smile. I hope he gets all the sausage and egg biscuits and "silver bells" (Hershey's kisses) he wants in heaven. I love you with all my heart Dad!❤


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