Services for Davis Burton will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2024. The visitation will start at 1:00pm and the funeral service starting at 2:00pm with Pastor Terrance Reese officiating at Young's Daughters Funeral Home Chapel in Temple, Texas. Cremation will follow with inurnment to be return to the family.
Davis Burton, 95, of Temple, Texas, lovingly known as "Smokey Bear," has left behind a legacy that will forever be cherished. He was born on March 18, 1928, in Wealder, Texas, and passed away on January 22, 2024, at Seton Hospital in Harker Heights. Throughout his journey of life, Davis touched the hearts of many with his kindness, wisdom, and unconditional love.
Davis's early years were marked by hardship and determination. Growing up on a farm, he dedicated himself to his family's well-being and chose to sacrifice his education. He worked tirelessly alongside his loved ones, picking cotton and shouldering responsibilities far beyond his years. Despite these challenges, Davis always found solace in the heartwarming act of cooking. Little did he know that this would one day become a much-loved hobby.
After leaving the farm behind, Davis embarked on a new chapter in Las Vegas. He found himself working in casinos where he diligently cleaned and cooked for those around him. However, it was not just his culinary skills that made him memorable; it was also his playful nature. Davis would often put white powder on his face and playfully chase the children around the house. It became an endearing tradition that earned him the nickname "Smokey Bear." Afterwards he moved to Houston then back to Vegas where he retired and met the love of his life and then moved to Temple, Texas where he settled down.
When he moved to Temple, Texas to settle down, that is where he found his Lord and Savior. It was during this time that he discovered Chosen Generation Ministry and developed a profound relationship with Christ. Davis's faith served as a guide throughout the remainder of his life as he became a dedicated deacon within the church.
Davis's generosity knew no bounds. He showed affection by cooking meals abundant with love for his family and ensured everyone had their fill before he took a single bite. His character shone through in everything he did; unpredictable yet kind-hearted, wise yet humble—Davis was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need.
Outside of his family and faith, Davis found joy in various hobbies. He loved to cook, whipping up mouthwatering dishes that brought happiness to those fortunate enough to taste them. Playing the lottery was another favorite pastime, always sprinkled with a touch of excitement and anticipation. Fishing was yet another activity that delighted Davis for hours on end, immersing himself in the tranquility of nature. He had an affinity for collecting candy-cane decorations, transforming his space into a festive haven all year long. When it came to sports, Davis favored the Dallas Cowboys but would watch any game that piqued his interest. In his leisure time, Westerns captivated his attention, transporting him to a world of cowboys and tales from the Old West. And who could forget Davis's love for cornbread and milk and pinto beans—a simple yet cherished snack that never failed to bring him contentment.
Throughout his life, Davis experienced both the joy and heartache of familial bonds. Early in his life Davis married Mercy D Wilson (Polly) and with that union was born David Burton, Shirley Burton,Tammy Burton and Della Sells. All blessed to call him their father. It was during his time working in a casino that Davis's path intertwined with Lori Sue (Durkee-Henderson) Burton—the love of his life. Together they moved to Temple, Texas, welcoming two more precious children into their lives: David Henderson in 1989 and Christina Burton in 1990.
While in hospice he would show the staff some love and give them compliments he would be very friendly and try to make them smile. They would call him Black Bird while he was under their care.
Davis is preceded in death by his parents, Austin Burton and Lee Letta (Kindred) Burton; his wife, Lori Burton; his sister, Elziena Jones; two sons: David Earl Burton and Edward Wilson; his daughter Tammy Burton; and one precious grandchild, Thomas Cameron Jr.
Although Davis may have departed this earthly realm, he leaves behind a tapestry of cherished memories within the hearts of those fortunate enough to have known him. He is survived by two sisters, April Mae Jackson and Trevan Smith; three daughters: Christina Burton, Della Sells (Garon), and Shirley Thomas; one son, David Henderson; as well as his loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Davis Burton's presence in the lives of his family and friends will forever be cherished. His unwavering love, unwavering faith, and unwavering support have left an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of knowing him. As we bid farewell to a remarkable soul, let us take solace in the legacy he leaves behind—a legacy of love, resilience, and a commitment to family. Rest in eternal peace, dear Davis.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Sabrina Young at Young's Daughters Funeral Home and Bereavement Center.