Benjamin Randolph Burton passed away on August 8, 2022 at Mercy Atrium Hospital, Charlotte. He was 66 years old.
Ben was born in Durham, NC to Ottway and Ruby Burton on March 14, 1956, and grew up in Asheboro. He was a proud Eagle Scout and participated in scouting expeditions in New Mexico, Idaho, and Japan. From elementary to Blue Ridge School, Ben made lifelong friends through his kindness and unconditional acceptance of others.
Ben graduated from ECU where he began his lifelong love of Pirate athletics. He was a dedicated fan of any ECU sport and could easily recite scores and players from many seasons. Ben was happiest in Dowdy-Ficklin Stadium, clad in purple and gold, cheering the Pirates to victory.
Ben loved the outdoors and chose landscaping and greenhouse work as his profession. Ben was an avid reader of military history, biographies, and The Bible. Books about WWII, and classic motor cars were his favorites.
Ben was a steadfast son, brother, cousin, nephew and friend to many. His devotion was legend, especially to family in the military overseas. For the last ten years of his life, he was committed to his Morningside friends and community in Concord, NC.
Ben was a kind soul with a heart of gold - a gentle gentleman we will greatly miss.
Ben is survived by his two sisters, Amanda Burton (Jim) McCartney of New York, Molly Burton (Chris) Tull of Charlotte NC and numerous cousins whom he adored and were his nuclear family.
The family is deeply grateful to the nursing staff at Mercy Atrium Hospital for their kindness and good care of Ben.
A memorial graveside service will be held on September 10 at 2PM, Oaklawn Cemetery, 737 Albemarle Road., Asheboro NC 27203 with Rev. Lynda Ferguson officiating.
In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made in honor of Ben’s memory to the ECU - Support ECU – Make a Gift (imodules.com) or the church of your choice.
Arrangements are in the care of Pugh Funeral Home, 437 Sunset Ave., Asheboro, NC 27203. Online condolences can be shared at www.pughfuneralhome.com