Rev. James Edward Burton

June 27, 1937August 25, 2018
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Reverend James Edward Burton, 81, of Beaumont went to be with his Lord and Saviour on Saturday, August 25, 2018. Reverend James Edward Burton was born into this world on June 27, 1937 to W. J. and Josie Harris Burton in their home on Burton Road in Beaumont Texas. Although his journey carried him many places, he never left the area he loved and grew up in.

James started working at a young age delivering the Enterprise newspapers by bicycle. He was a busy man who loved the Lord and served Him until the end of his life.

James worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company and retired from there after thirty-three years of service. During that time he surrendered his life to the call into the ministry as a bi-vocational Baptist minister. After completing his seminary education, James served as pastor of several churches in Southeast Texas. He and his wife Mary were also MSC missionaries and held services in area nursing homes and at Atria Collier Park for many years.

He and his daughter, Molly sang together through the early years of his ministry and he readily shared the Gospel in some way to those he met along the way. He, Molly and his wife Mary were honored by the Attorney General, Jim Maddox, for their work in the nursing home ministry. He went from place to place sharing Jesus to those he met, even into the prison and city jails.

James is also a Past Master of B.F. Quicksall Lodge #1370.

James will be reunited in heaven with his parents, sister, two brothers, and his son Jim.

Left to carry on James’ memory is his high school sweetheart and love of his life for 64 years, Mary; two loving daughters, Melissa Bolz and husband Daniel, and Molly DeMaio and husband John; seven grandchildren: Chrissy, Jordan, Amanda, Allison, Faith, Justin, and Gretchen; three great-grandchildren: Audrey, Wyatt James, and Wesley; sister-in-law Charlotte Ayres; niece and nephews; cousins; loving four-legged faithful companion, Sadie; and many precious friends as well.

Having graduated from French High School, the bond with fellow classmates is a treasure – yay Buffs!

Pallbearers are Jordan Dudley, John DeMaio, Daniel Bolz, Raymond Adrio, Lane Newell, Scotty Newell, Randy Williamson, and Phil Brooks. Honorary Pallbearers are Charlie Curry, Jim Cornelius, Craig Kearns, Ken Newell, Gary Hall, and Mike Martin.

To my precious family and friends, “Hang in there, God Bless and keep you til we meet again as He promised” ~ James


  • Mary Burton, Wife
  • Melissa Bolz and husband Daniel, Daughter
  • Molly DeMaio and husband John, Daughter
  • Charlotte Ayres, Sister-in-law
  • Chrissy Dudley, Granddaughter
  • Jordan Dudley, Grandson
  • Amanda DeMaio, Granddaughter
  • Faith Burton, Granddaughter
  • Justin DeMaio, Grandson
  • Gretchen Bolz, Granddaughter
  • Audrey Sloan, Great Granddaughter
  • Wyatt James Snider, Great Grandson
  • Wesley Toye, Great Grandson
  • Niece Nephews and Cousins, Other
  • Loving Four-Legged Companion Sadie, Other

  • Jordan Dudley
  • John DeMaio
  • Daniel Bolz
  • Raymond Adrio
  • Lane Newell
  • Scotty Newell
  • Randy Williamson
  • Phil Brooks
  • Charlie Curry, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jim Cornelius, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Craig Kearns, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Ken Newell, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Gary Hall, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Mike Martin, Honorary Pallbearer


  • A Gathering to Share Memories of James Thursday, August 30, 2018
  • A Celebration of James' Life Friday, August 31, 2018

Rev. James Edward Burton

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james hall

August 29, 2018

What a class act. We enjoyed taking care of James hair for 45 years, Always a pleasure to see him.He was a friend we will never forget his smile and that twinkle in his eye...........miss him Darlene and Gary Hall

Royce & Melva Ennis

August 28, 2018

We had a nice visit with James just a few weeks ago in the hospital, and recalled old times. We will miss his smile and positive manner.
1Cor. 9:14 “Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel, should live the gospel”. James preached the gospel and lived the gospel. There are many souls enjoying heaven today because of James preaching ang living example.

Bobby Wallace

August 28, 2018

Cousin Mary and Family, We are so very sorry to hear about Cousin James. Since my family moved around, we weren't around allot. But my fondest memory is when the two of you visited when my family lived in Hawaii. I remember making you an angel from a palm tree and macadamia nut. May you find comfort in your loving memories. Bobby Wallace and Don Emeigh, Maryland.

Barbara and Walt McMillan

August 27, 2018

Dear Mary and family. We are so very sorry to hear about James. So sorry too that we won't be able to come to his funeral, but please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you and prayers for all of you. We love you,
Barbara and Walt McMillan

Carrie Rashall

August 27, 2018

Mary and family, Terry and I are saddened by your loss of James. I can see him and you playing chicken foot with Bill and Maxine. Neighbors like you two are one in a million. The only peace I find right now is that he is having a large time with Daddy today in Heaven. We are praying God gives you peace and keeps you in his loving arms through this time. We love you and will always hold you and James close to our hearts.