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William Bryant Burton

Mr. William Bryant Burton of South Boston died Saturday Dec. 28, 2013, at Halifax Regional Hospital. 

He was born in Halifax County on Sept. 2, 1935 and was 78 years old. 

He was the son of the late Ruben Burton and the late Elsie Ferrell Burton. He was a member of Oak Level Presbyterian Church and was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was retired from Ford Motor Company in Norfolk where he spent 30 years building pickup trucks. 

Mr. William Bryant Burton is survived by one son, William Bryant Burton Jr., of South Boston; two daughters, Janice Smithson of Oxford, N.C. and Vicky Burton of Halifax; one brother, Charles Burton, of Halifax County; two sisters, Debbie Burton of South Boston and Carol Sharp of Richmond; seven grandchildren, Trey Burton, Ashley Burton Long, Chris Seamster, Rebecca Anderson, Maggie Burton, Chase Smithson and Eric Smithson; five great-grandchildren; and special friend, Martha Webb, of Halifax. 

One sister, Nancy Jones, preceded him in death. 

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at Oak Level Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Russell Lee and the Rev. Dr. Ed Melvin conducting the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. 

The family will receive friends at the home of Martha Webb, 2005 Highview Road, Halifax. 

Online condolences may be made at  

Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home, South Boston.