William Edward “Billy” Burton

May 28, 1946 - December 1, 2021
William  Edward “Billy” Burton

William Edward “Billy” Burton 75, of Wilmington, died on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at Novant/New Hanover Regional Medical Center with his family at his side.

Billy was born on May 28, 1946, in New Hanover County to the late Raymond Floyd and Lucille Virginia Mintz Burton. He was a retired professional Firefighter for the City of Wilmington, retiring in 1986 from injuries received in the line of duty after 13 years of service. He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Mrs. Sabra Sanders Burton, a brother Clayton “CF” Burton, and a special brother-in-law Norris Flowers. Billy was a well-known flooring installer for many years until his health led him into another direction where he sold produce in the Wilmington area.

Billy was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting at Buckhead Hunting Club in Rocky Point. He loved fishing of any type and was an excellent cook and enjoyed fixing special dishes during the holidays for family and friends. And let’s not forget the Atlanta Braves where he rarely missed a game. “GO BRAVES”

Surviving are his sons Randy Burton and wife Sheila; Eric Burton; daughter Alexis B. Camy and husband Chris; sister Patricia B. Brown and husband Luther; Carolyn B. Flowers; brother Mike Burton and wife Karen. Grandchildren Charles, Jennifer, Casey, McKinsley, and Clayton. Great-Grandchildren Lyla; Scarlett and Clair; and a number of Nephews and Nieces also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Monday, December 6, 2021, at Wilmington Funeral Chapel. The Reverend Sam Hill, Sr. will officiate the service. Burial will follow the service at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be the Wilmington Fire Department Honor Guard.

The family will see friends on Sunday from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM at the Funeral Home.

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  • December 02, 2021
    Don Allen says:
    To Mr. Billy's Family I'm really sorry to hear of Mr. Billy's passing. Rest in peace my friend, Don Allen

  • December 03, 2021
    Cindi McKeithan says:
    Sending thoughts and prayers to Mr. Burton’s family.

  • December 04, 2021
    Joey (JJ) Smith says:
    To Randy and the entire Burton family Randy your dad was a special gentleman. He was always nice and so polite.I remember seeing him deer hunting at Scotts Hills hunting club.He was a true sportsman!! Randy I want you to know my dad though so highly of your dad. I know they are heaven fishing!! Mr Billy Burton Rest In Peace!!! I am sending prayers and love and thoughts to the entire family!!

  • December 04, 2021
    Amy Javorsky says:
    From the first time I met Billy, 30 years ago, I knew he was one-of-a-kind. He was patient, kind, tolerant, and giving, even though he pretended not to be sometimes. I knew better. He will be missed but never forgotten. Alexis, he loved you with his whole heart for his whole life. ❤ You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • December 06, 2021
    raymond fowler says:
    My condolences to his family. I KNEW BILLY way back when he lived on mercer Ave. We went to the same school. and went to church together and every kid in the neighborhood knew everyone else. .. it was a great time to grow up in Wilmington.. We all took care of each other..