Chestley Edward Burton Jr., 85, loved amateur radio and Civil War history is your source for free news and information in the Wilmington area.

obit flagMr. Chestley Edward Burton Jr., 85, passed away on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 at home in Sunset Beach.

Ches was born in Stoneville, the son of Chestley and Anne Burton.  He attended both Brevard Junior College and High Point College, graduating with bachelor degrees in English and social science.  In 1953, he was drafted into the US Army and served as a Corporal in Austria during the Korean War as a high speed radio operator.

His professional career included flooring and paint installation and sales, manufacturing manager and production/inventory scheduler for various manufacturing firms, including Draymore Manufacturing in Mooresville, Durham Draperies in Durham and Bristol Myers in Morrisville.

He met the love of his life on a blind date in September 1961 and he married Julie in February 1962.  They were together for almost 50 years until her death in 2012.

Ches loved golf, amateur radio (KA4ELE), bowling, handyman work and Civil War history.  He was proud that he could directly trace his ancestry back to several Civil War heroes.

Ches is survived by his two children, Jill (and husband Randy) who live in Durham and Christopher (and wife Georgie), who live in Marble; his three grandchildren; his sister, Peggy (and husband Pat) who live in Winston-Salem; and his five nephews and their families.

A celebration of life service for Ches will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19 by the Rev. Wilson-Parsons at Seaside United Methodist Church in the main sanctuary.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in honor of Ches to Seaside United Methodist Church, 1300 Seaside Road SW, Sunset Beach, NC 28468 or to the Ronald McDonald House.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Brunswick Funeral Service.

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