Gregory V. Burton

July 17, 1949January 5, 2013

Gregory V. Burton, 63, of Grand Prairie, passed away on January 5, 2013, at his residence.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30am on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at DFW National Cemetery with Rev. James Heffington Jr. officiating. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm at Bean-Massey-Burge Funeral Home Belt Line Road Chapel.

Greg was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to the late Vincent Fisher and Ethel Virginia (Williams) Burton. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1972. Following graduation, Greg enlisted in the US Air Force and received his Pilot Training in 1973 at Williams Air Force Base. He then went on to be an Instructor Pilot at Webb Air Force Base, and then as a Pilot flying T-39’s at Langley Air Force Base. Greg went to work for Southwest Airlines in April 1979 and became a Captain in March 1982. He remained with Southwest Airlines for 33 years.

Those left to cherish his memories include his wife, Nancy Burton; nephew, Eric Dorton and his wife Christina and their son, Frank of Denton; nephew, Riley Dorton of Austin; sister, Becky Greenwade of Huntsville; mother-in-law, Emily Easley of Big Spring; and Ed Skillern of Kerrville.

Memorials can be made to: Hangar 25 Air Museum, PO Box 2925, Big Spring, Texas 79721 or at


  • Visitation Tuesday, January 8, 2013
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, January 9, 2013

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Martha Delashaw McCuddy

January 11, 2013

Greg was a special friend to many in our high school class at John Marshall in Oklahoma City. I know I speak for many that we truly enjoyed seeing him at our reunon this past summer and have many fond memories of Greg in our "growing up" years. He was a joy!

January 9, 2013

I have so many fond memories of family gatherings at Grandma and Grandad Williams' farm in Baldwin. So wonderful to know that my cousin that I knew as a young boy grew into such a great man. Fly with the angels Greg.
Donna (Smith) and Pat Taylor

January 8, 2013

I love you Greg. You were a friend and compadre. You are loved and missed by all that knew you.

Theo Thomason

January 8, 2013

My Love and Prayers go out to the Burton Family.

Chuck Corder

January 8, 2013

My sympaythy to Nancy and the family.

Cathy Rogers

January 8, 2013

Capt. Greg Burton - sincerely, a joy to fly with...

Dear Burton Family,
Heartfelt condolences to all of you.

Kindest regards,
Cathy Rogers

January 8, 2013

My deepest condolenes are offered to his family and friends. Greg was a true professional that made flying fun. I'm sure he is teaching the Angels in Heaven some flying techniques. Keep It Up the Middle. Chris Plaisance

Ken and Debbie Dominy

January 7, 2013

Greg, may the future bring you only fair skies and tailwinds. We will miss you, my friend, and will look forward to meeting you again in Heaven, where you can teach the angels how to "really" fly.
Nancy, to you our love and wish for a future filled with loving memories of Greg and the knowledge that he has risen above his temporary, earthly disabilities.

Tina Bradley

January 7, 2013

It was a shock to read about Greg's passing. Our deepest condolenes to the family. Mom was reflecing on what a good time she had with Greg. Please let us know if you need anything. Our thoughts and prayer are with you.

Claudia and Tina

Roger and Linda Smith

January 7, 2013

More than a cousin, you were a buddy. Many pleasant memories of times past help numb the sorrow. Rest in Peace and Love.