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OKEECHOBEE, Fla. -- William Wayne Burton, 78, of Okeechobee passed away Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at the Hamrick Home.
He was born Aug. 15, 1933, in McClure, Ill., to Amos Earn Burton and Nora Frances Gore and moved to South Florida in 1956.
Okeechobee was always his home, with his roots going back to 1897 when his grandparents settled in Bassinger, Fla. He relocated from Pompano, Fla., to Okeechobee permanently in 1975.
He was a 32nd Degree Mason and potentate of Amara Temple in 1985. He was also a Kentucky Colonel. He attended school in Okeechobee for a short time. He was a land developer and entrepreneur, owning many businesses during his lifetime (OKTire, Burton's Electric Motors, J&D Construction, Old River Run RV Park, all in Okeechobee).
He never sought notoriety for the many charitable endeavors he and his family engaged in. He loved to hunt, fish and spend time with his family.
Mr. Burton was preceded in death by his parents, Amos Earl and Nora Frances Burton; and a sister, Oma Earlene Burton.
He is survived by his wife, Patsy Burton; two sons, John and Dan Burton; two granddaughters, Amanda Burton Williams (Matt) and Rebecca Lane Burton (Travis); a stepgrandson, Zachary Williams; cousins, Mike Burton, Karen and Katie; and many extended relatives.
The funeral was Saturday at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, with the Rev. Raymond Oxford officiating. Interment will be at a later date in Evergreen Cemetery.
Announcement courtesy of Ford and Sons Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973.
Friends may sign the guest book at www.BassOkeechobeeFH.com.