BURTON, Joseph K.

Date of birth: 29 Sep 1909 Adair County, Kentucky

Date of death: 27 Sep 1984 Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana

Source: Columbus Republic, Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana, September 28, 1984

Joseph K. Burton
      EDINBURGH --  Joseph K. "Joe" Burton, 74, died at 9:15 
p.m. Thursday at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.  He had 
been ill since Friday.
      Burton owned and operated Joe's Fruit Market in Edinburgh 
for many years.  He had lived in Edinburgh since 1926.
      Funeral service will be conducted by the Rev. Larry Biddle 
and the Rev. Ernest Garner at 3 p.m. Monday at Edinburgh 
Wesleyan Church.  Calling hours will be from 2 to 9 p.m. 
Sunday at Eskew-Eaton Funeral Home in Edinburgh and 
burial will be at Rest Haven Cemetery in Edinburgh.
      Burton was born Sept. 29, 1909, in Adair County, Ky., 
the son of David and Martha Burton.  He married Florence 
Burton Jan. 10, 1928, and she survives.  He attended Edin-
burgh Wesleyan Church.
      Additional survivors include five sons, Charles Burton, 
Edgar Burton, William D. "Bill" Burton, Larry Burton and 
Dwight Burton, all of Edinburgh; three daughters, Nadine 
Adams of Nineveh, Phyllis Johnson of Flat Rock, and Linda 
Dayton of Tulsa, Okla.; one sister, Anna Lee Caldwell of 
Columbus; 27 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. 

Source: Edinburgh Tri-County Enterprise, Edinburg, Johnson County, Indiana, September 26, 1984

"So Long Joe, It's Been Good to Know You"
      Joe Burton was one of the first business men in the town 
of Edinburgh with whom we became acquainted eleven years
 ago.  It was an immediate meeting of the minds.  We all three 
were fascinated by antiques and history; we all three loved 
the generosity of nature as shown in her bounty of good 
crops; we all three found our fellow-sojourners in life an 
endless challenge to know and understand.  Howard 
& I found that it was an enriching experience to know 
this unique personality named Joe.
      Everyone knew Joe and Joe knew just about everyone. 
 Countless housewives wouldn't dream of planning their 
menus for the weekend until they had visited his produce 
market to see what Joe had to offer them.  His honesty was 
legendary for it was never a surprise to be told that the corn 
wasn't so good today and I have heard him say to another 
customer "There's not a cantaloupe in the place that 
you should eat today.  You'll have to leave them for a 
couple of days, and if that watermelon is no good, bring 
it back, I'll give you another."  What a way to run a business, 
one might say, but it was the way he ran his business and 
we all came in to him and wanted to buy from 
him.  We liked the way he ran the business!
      He had a mind of his own and he knew exactly what he 
thought about such human characteristics as stupidity, 
laziness, graft and dishonesty.  He was never afraid to speak 
his mind and those of us who truly listened found he pos-
sessed more than his share of " Good, old fashion, common 
horse sense".  Sometimes a rare possession these days.
      He loved to work hard; he loved to sell good food; he 
loved to share a good laugh; he loved to please people and 
his scale of ten read over the poundage when he made a sale.  
I would say he loved people, too.
      It was with sincere grief and a deep sense of loss that 
we heard of his death.  Today there is an empty Joe-sized 
place in our hearts as we say -- "so long, Joe, its been so 
good to know you."
Hazel & Howard Turner

Submitted by Mark E. Wirey

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