Deacon Melvin Burton was born in Wichita, Kansas on May 23rd 1940 to Inessie Long & June Burton. Deacon Burton was the second born of six children. His siblings are Major, Claude Dean, Arthur, Edna, and Theodore Burton and Willie Gourley. Melvin was affectionately known as Baby, Pops, Daddy, Daddy B., and Paw Paw by his family. He was educated in the Wichita Public School System.
Melvin attended Allison Middle School and later graduated from Wichita East High School on May 23, 1959. He then enlisted into the United States Navy in Kansas City, Kansas on September 16, 1959. In 1964 Melvin took the instructors class, graduating July 10, 1964 in San Diego, California. Now, he had a new Rank “Boiler Technician Chief Master. After 23 years of Service, Melvin retired as an E-9 Master Chief.
During his military career he married Patricia Robinson, and of this union two children were born, Dionne and Stacy Melvin Burton. Melvin and Arementa were reunited and married after years apart. They just celebrated 30 years together. Melvin had a special love for Arementa as they were high school sweethearts. He always said he still had that same spark for her. They adopted their granddaughter Jazmine Burton as their daughter together. He also took on the role of Pops and Daddy B. to her sons and their wives.
Melvin and Arementa attended Holy Temple C.O.G.I.C for many years. They joined Greater Pentecostal C.O.G.I.C as a union in June 2008. He was appointed Deacon by Pastor Hernan Hicks on February 8, 2009. Melvin enjoyed his roles in the church. He was a Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School Teacher, and Pastor’s Aide Committee Member just to name a few. Melvin loved his family and was so full of life. Every chance he got he was teaching his grandchildren Jazzlyn and Jemauri something. He also has 3 grandchildren in California, Eva & Antonio Flores and Kalani Burton. He loved to teach anyone who would listen. He was strong, warmhearted and stern. Melvin was an entrepreneur. Most of his life he did home repair, laid and cleaned carpet, plumbing, and electrical work from California to Kansas. There weren’t many things that Melvin couldn’t do. To know him was to love him and he will truly be missed by us all.
Melvin is preceded in death by his parents Ineesie and June; brothers Major, Claude Dean, Willie, and sister Edna; sons Charles Dixon and Donald Dixon; grandson David Dixon Jr. He leaves to cherish his memories his lovely wife Arementa Burton; brothers Arthur Burton and Theodore (Shirley) Burton; daughters Dionne (Anthony) Flores and Jazmine Burton; sons Stacy Melvin Burton, Dennis (Vernetta) Dixon, David (Niecy) Burton and Ronald (Tonya) Dixon; grandchildren Eva Flores, Antonio Flores, Kalani Burton, Jemauri Thomas and Jazzlyn Johnson; a host of other grand and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and friends.
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