Ella Louise (Neal) Burford

April 13, 1928January 11, 2021

Ella Louse Neal Burford, 92, of Cross Lanes, WV passed to her heavenly home peacefully in her sleep on the morning of January 11, 2021.

There she joined her recently departed husband of 69 years, Elton Rufus Burford. Born in Marmet, WV on April 13, 1928 she was preceded in death by her parents, Curtis and Orpha Neal, and her brother Richard Keith Neal. She was a graduate of Charleston High School in 1946 and Morris Harvey College where is majored in Education and English. She taught middle and high school in Kanawha and Putnam Counties till retiring in 1992. She loved reading, sewing, quilting and baking. Always active in her faith she attended South Charleston Baptist Church.

She is survived by her three children: Susan Burford Smith Taylor of Tulsa, OK, David Keith Burford of Pottstown, PA and Kenneth Lee Burford of Frazier’s Bottom, WV. Grandchildren include Jennifer Smith Kirkland and Dr. Kristina Smith both of Tulsa, OK, Nicholas Curtis Burford of Martinsburg, WV, Madora Ann Burford of Philadelphia, PA, Klancey Marie Burford of Charleston, WV and Sydney Frances Burford of Pittsburgh, PA., along with 5 great grandchildren.

There will be a 10:30 am Visitation followed by an 11 am Memorial Service at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home on Monday, January 18, 2021. The graveside internment to follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Garden Memorial Donations can be made to Mountain or the Alzheimer’s Association.


  • Visitation

    Monday, January 18, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, January 18, 2021

  • Interment

    Monday, January 18, 2021


Ella Louise (Neal) Burford

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Kanawha County Retired School Employees

January 21, 2021

The West Virginia and Kanawha County Associations of Retired School Employees extend their sincere sympathy to you, the family, in your sorrow. Blessings to all.

Beth McDowell

January 16, 2021

So sorry to hear about your mom. I keep thinking about your mom and dad and my mom and dad laughing and having a good time. I don’t know where time goes to, but it goes too quickly. Hoping you find comfort that they are together again and in a much happier place. My heartfelt and deep condolences to all of the family

KeithAnn Witschi

January 14, 2021

Susan and Family,

I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother. May your faith give you strength during this time of incredible loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.