Alfred Taylor Burton

February 22, 1935July 27, 2013

Alfred Taylor Burton, 78, of Chattanooga passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013 in a local hospital. He was of the Baptist faith. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served in Germany. Survivors include his wife, Ruthie F. Burton; two sons, Tony Burton of Fairview, TN and Shane Burton of Chattanooga; one daughter, Hayley L. (Josh) Headrick of Chattanooga; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; one sister, Sandra Dixson of East Ridge, TN. A graveside service will be held at 3 PM on Wednesday at the Chattanooga National Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004. Arrangements are by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 8214 East Brainerd Road.


  • Graveside Service Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Alfred Taylor Burton

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August 1, 2013

Thank you Mike for your kind words.

Mike Southerland

August 1, 2013

Just want to tell you how sorry for your loss. Hayley,your dad was truly a kind and gentle man and I know you will miss him. May God comfort you during this time.

Hayley Headrick

August 1, 2013

Thank you Patty so much. I love that and it is so true. Tell the kids hello. I had a picture of daddy and Jacob at the funeral. He was hanging on that cedar tree in mom and dads front yard. Good memories. Take care and thank you for the poem. I will show it to mom. Hayley

Patty,Jacob,Amber,and Daniel

July 31, 2013

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998

Hayley Headrick

July 31, 2013

Thank you Kim and Dionne for your prayers. We are going to miss him so much. He went peacefully and we are so grateful for that. I will tell mom about your messages. Love, Hayley

Kim White-Patty

July 30, 2013

Please know that I am praying for the family during this time! Tony, Shane, Haley and Ruthie, I am so sorry for the loss of a wonderful husband and dad. God will comfort you in the days ahead.

sandra burton

July 29, 2013

I'm so sorry for your loss.I know there are no words I could say to take away your pain but please know I will keep you in my prayers.God Bless you and your family.