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Funeral service for Reverend Dr. Harold Burton, Sr. will be held on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Full Gospel Baptist Church in Martin, GA. Interment will follow at Greater Hope Baptist Church.

Reverend Dr. Harold Burton Sr., the 9th Child of the late Henry and Lucy Osbley Burton, was born in Westminster South Carolina on November 22, 1926. He departed this life on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, NY.

He was a very special child who loved his parents deeply and would do anything for them and his siblings. He quickly extended this love to his current family, church family, relatives, and friends. He was known for his friendly personality, generosity, and sense of style, for he was a very fine dresser. However, he still remained a very strong leader of the Church and the community. He persued his charge with great enthusiam and tireless energy. He was very much loved by his family, his church family, and all who knew him because he gave so much love and care to others. He was a true servant and Man of God.

Reverend Burton attended the Greater Hope School System and graduated from the Greater Hope H.S. in Geogia. While attending Morris Brown College, he was drafted into the armed forces where he served duringWorld War II and after. He attended the Concord Baptist School for Ministers and the Manhattan Bible School Institute of New York. He received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from the Baltimore MD Seminary.

After serving in the Military, he moved to New York  in the late 1940's. There he met and married Leola Jackson on August 5th,1951. From this union were born two sons, Harold Burton Jr. and Jerold Allen Burton.

Reverend Burton accepted the Lord as his personal savior at age 11 and was baptized at Martin Grove Baptist Church in Martin Grove GA. After coming to NY, he joined the Tabernacle Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Reverend Dent and Reverend Henry Parker. He became the chairman of the deacon board and in 1962, Reverend Burton received his calling from God. He preached his initial sermon in 1964.  He was ordained by the Eastern Baptist Association and began schooling for the Ministry. He later joined Gathsemane Baptist Church under the leadership of the late A J Taylor and The Pilgrim Baptist Church under the leadership of Bishop Roy E. Brown.

When Brownsville Community Baptist Church was incorporated in September of 1971, Reverend Harold Burton became the Presiding Pastor and later its Permanent Pastor in 1973. He was officially installed on February 3rd , 1974 and has since remained the proud and dedicated pastor of The Brownsville Community Baptist Church for 45 years.

While pastoring Brownsville Community Baptist church, Reverend Burton and the Church have accomplished many things under his leadership. There are too many of them to list, but just a few were the organization of the church, the growth of the church to one that was very small in number to a church that is thriving with many members, the creation of the Bible Institute, the organization of choirs, auxillaries and church schools, the mentoring of ministers, the ability to pay off a 20 year mortgage in just 5 years in 1978, the new addition of the building and the use of its rigtht of way in 1997, the building of the ramp, and the general beautification of the church.  It is  a church that serves as  a beacon of light and hope in the community.

Reverend Burton was actively involved in many organizations that covered a vas array of religious, civic, and community activities. He served on community board 16, and has served as the moderator of Kings County Eastern Baptist Association and was bestowed honors from the New York State Assemblyman, Boyland, for his years as Pastor of the Brownsville Community Baptist Church.  He served as chairman on the board of trustees for the Eastern Baptist Association Inc. for 6 years.

He served as a member of the Hampton Ministers Conference at Hampton University in Hampton, VA for 30 years. He served as a member of the National Baptist Convention USA for 30 years. He served as a board member for the Nehemiah Housing. He served as a member of the board of directors for the Brownsville Ocean Hill Community Health Clinic.  He served as a member of the Clergy Council of the 73rd Police precint, and was a life time member of the NAACP.  Reverend Burton was the recipient of many awards and accolades  including a distinquished service award from Medgar Evers College and the Distinquished Community Hummanitarian Award from  Paul J. Cooper Center for Human Services. I'm sure there are many more that are not named.

For the past 45 years Pastor Burton's love, devotion, and leadership has been a blessing to The Brownsville Community Baptist Church. He has also been a blessing to his family.  He has touched many souls, both members and non members. He was very much appreciated and he will be missed.

Reverend Burton said before his passing that “WE MUST STAY TOGETHER.”

Reverend Burton was predeceased by his four brothers, four sisters, one daughter., and one daughter- in law. His brothers were LV Burton, Clyde Burton, JC Burton, and James Burton. His sisters were Willie Mae Burton, Clara Griffin, Lorenie Crawford, and Jewel Martin. His daughter was Ida Lois Lofton and  his daughter-in-law was Rose Burton.

Reverend Burton leaves to cherish, one remaining sister, Annie Lois Gober, two sons, Rev. Harold Burton Jr. and Deacon Jerold Allen Burton,  five  Grand children, Corinne Roseanne Wright (Clarence), Amanda Jean Burton, Harold Aaron Burton, Crystal Lofton, and Chanda Lofton, two Great Grand children, Lael Hazel Lee Wright, Aliyah Lofton, and one great grandson on the way. Also many nephews, nieces, cousins, god children, his beloved church family, and friends.

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  • Monday, December 19, 2016
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  • Monday, December 19, 2016
    Our prayers are with the family for our loving Pastor for so many years a loving member
    ~ Annie Loyd & John Stratford   Brooklyn, NY