Deborah Burton

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Deborah “Debbie” Marie Burton, daughter of Shirley Ann Moorman was born in Charleston, West Virginia on July 6, 1949. She went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 18, 2018, at St. Ann’s Hospital, at the age of 68. The oldest of 11 children, Deborah moved to Columbus, Ohio at an early age, where she was raised by her Uncle Preston and Aunt Frankie. She attended Columbus Public Schools and graduated from South High School. On February 3, 1968, she married James E. Burton and recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. Together they had three sons: James, Marlon, Kelly and raised their granddaughter Summer Okeke.

A devoted Wife, Mother, Sister, Grandmother, Aunt, Cousin, and Friend, she was the number one cheerleader for her children and grandchildren at their sporting events. She was often called first for prayer from anyone in need. Her faith in God never wavered. A faithful friend, neighbor, and great hostess. She was renowned for her cookies and pound cakes. She was an extraordinary woman.
Initially employed by F & R Lazarus, Debbie later drove a school bus for Columbus Public Schools. She moved on to be an administrative assistant at Comp Drugs, before retiring from Rhema Christian Center as an administrative assistant.

A faithful member and tireless worshipper, Debbie attended Travelers Rest Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. U. G. Campbell. She later joined Rhema Christian Center where she was a part of the Praise and Worship Team, served on the Women’s Ministry and graduated from the Extraordinary Women’s class. She was also a member of the S.A.G.I.C. ministry.

She was preceded in death by her mother Shirley Ann Moorman, brothers Thomas “Tommy” Moorman, Randall Moorman and her sister Christine “Kissy” Wiggins.

She leaves to cherish her memory, husband James E. Burton, sons James N., Marlon (Rochelle), and Kelly (Shawn) all of Columbus, OH. Granddaughters Summer “Treasure” Okeke (Valentine) of Fairborn, OH, Kyla Curry-Jeter, Lynn-Marie, Logan, and Clarke Gilchrist. Grandsons Marlon Jr., Elijah, Jeremiah, and Christen and 3 great-grandchildren, all of Columbus, OH. Brothers Paul Moorman and George “Rusty” Wiggins of Columbus, OH. Phillip Moorman of Charleston, WV. Sisters Renee (Frank) Burton, Cheryl (Roger) Martin, Kay Wiggins, Gail (Eric) Dulaney, all of Columbus, OH. Special friends Dorothea Johnson, Theresa Burns, Joan Harris, and special cousin Gloria Patterson, along with a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins.

Visitation 9:00am and Funeral 11:00am Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Rhema Christian Center, 2100 Agler Rd.

Interment at Eastlawn Cemetery.

Online Obituary Donation in memory of Deborah Burton

Condolence Messages

  1. Our thoughts are with the family at this most difficult time. Please be assured that God will help you to cope with the loss of a wonderful person.
    Blessed be the Almighty God who daily carries the load for us. Thinking of you all.

  2. Lisa (Patterson) Hayes

    How sad I was to hear of Mrs. Burton’s passing. I have such great memories of she and the family from our Traveler’s Rest days. May God comfort you now and always.

  3. Jeff Glasstetter

    Sorry to hear about your mother. I am sure she was a special lady. Her picture makes me smile and bet she had that same effect on everyone.

  4. Alfonso C. Burke Sr.

    Whatever soothes your spirits, comforts your souls and brings you peace is what we pray for you at this time
    In deepest sympathy,
    Alfonso & Jackie Burke

  5. My prayers and condolences to the family of Debra. May you feel Gods presence and know that he is close to the broken-hearted. Love you guys.

  6. Otis Winston and family

    We are so sorry for your loss. All of you are in our thoughts and our prayers. May she rest in Glory God bless and let us know if you need anything.

  7. Bridges & Custer Families

    Our condolences to Jimmy & the boys we pray for a healing to your broken hearts. We have great memories of raising our boys in church at Travelers’Rest . We pray that as you mourn her life , live as she taught, to see her again. God ‘s blessings to you all and know we love you and are just a call away.
    Mike & Sharon
    Dwaine, Brian & Darren

  8. My heart felt condolences family on the loss of Debra. May God hold you close and give you peace that she is now resting with our father. I love you all. I will not be able to attend but my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. Gary and Carol Evans

    May GOD give you comfort. Love to the family.

  10. Kelly Riley and Family

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our continued prayers are with your family.

    Mark, Kelly and Lexi

  11. In my prayers

  12. Johanna Marshall

    My condolences to the entire Burton family. My prayers are with you.

  13. Cheri (Gunther) Sayavong

    I am so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Burton was a very sweet lady and I remember her smile and laugh from when I was a child. Losing a loved one is hard, and a mother especially. My prayers are with you and your family. May God’s love grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  14. Deborah Burton Bosley

    To the Burton Family, I am so sorry. Aunt Debbie was so sweet. She will truly be missed! You guys will always be my family! Love you so much!

  15. My condolences to the family! And may the God of all comfort, be with you all.

  16. Prayers are with the Moorman/Burton family. The community (The Holla) will always have the memories of your love one. A smile that was always present. May God be with you and he will always be there for you. Love and Prayers.

  17. Michelle Armstrong

    One of my Golden Girls has gone home to be with the Father. She was a worshiper after Gods heart, and I am honored to have known her.
    Family was everything to Debbie and I know that your hearts are heavy. Know that we all are praying for you and with you. Her legacy will live on through her family and friends.
    Be blessed in knowing that when God called her home, she was welcomed with “Well done thy good and faithful servant”
    Love you all, Joe & Michelle


    Our condolences from the Nelms family to the Burton family. May GOD give you comfort and all of you are in our thoughts and our prayers. . Love to the whole family. <3

  19. So sorry for your lost. Praying for the family.

  20. My deepest condolences for your. God Bless and keep your family during this difficult time

  21. Vangela Barnes

    My family and I are very sorry for your loss. Miss Debbie was a wonderful friend to my Aunt Dorothea and to our family. She will certainly be missed. Our prayers are with you all.

  22. LeAnthony Jones

    Prayers sent up to the Burton family… Such great people with a charming spirit. May God grant you peace and comfort you during this time..

  23. Annette Sullivan (Russell-Lynn) Lewis

    My condolences to Jimmy and family. Debbie and I go way back to our School days at Mohawk. I’ll always remember her beautiful smile, laugh and caring heart and will cherish the memories as I know you will. You’re in my thoughts and prayers and may God comfort you. God Bless You!

  24. Helen Combs-Dulaney

    Condolences to the Burton Family,
    Our prayers are with you on this day of mourning. We go way back to our days at CCS Bus Driving Days, our specials needs children, and I can’t for get our basketball days at Northland. She always greeted you with a smile and a pleasant word.

  25. Sabrina Goodlett

    Kelly to you and your family I offer my prayers.
    May you be comforted during this time by knowing God is with your lovely Mom and with all of you. Love Sabrina and Family

  26. Melvin Baskerville

    Condolences and prayers for family and friends. RIP Deborah

  27. Mary Thomas and Family

    To the entire Burtons family and extended family members. Please know that you have our deepest condolences and are all in our thoughts and prayers. “Mrs B” was a terrific woman of God who fought her illness with such courage and a smile! We will never know all she went through because she did not complain, she just said she was blessed. “MR. B” We love you and are so sorry for the loss of your beloved wife. Know that we will be keeping you all in our prayers.

  28. Duane and Debra Tribune

    What a Wonderful Woman! I thank God for her with that smile of hers , she gave me hope and many encouraging words. Debbie was a living example of how to love your family. Now You are resting in the arms of Our Heavenly Father.
    Duane and I pray for peace and comfort in hearts of your loved ones.

  29. Marlin, this is to let you know I grieve with you in the passing of your Mother, but at the same time pray that you understand there’s a better place that we strive to achieve. Death is not an ending , but really a stepping over. My prayer is that God strengthen you and your family and give you belief that to be absent from this body is to be present with Christ. Hold on, be strong, and keep the faith
    With much love in Christ.

  30. Pastor Gregory & Carolyn Napier

    The Lord God almighty is with us. He is a perfect help in time of sorrow. We send our deepest condolences in your loss. We pray that God keeps your family in perfect peace.

  31. My prayers are with you and the family today. I Thank God that he gave me the time I had with Debbie. She was a beautiful and special lady and will be forever embedded in my memory. God Bless you and yours.

  32. Annette Sullivan Lewis

    My heartfelt condolences to you Jimmy and your entire family. Debbie and I go way back to our school days at Mohawk. I will always remember her beautiful smile, infectious laugh and caring spirit and will cherish the memories as I know you will too. My thoughts and prayers are with you and may God Bless You All. Annette

  33. Shelia L Strickland

    I am so saddened at the news of Debbie’s passing. Praying God’s comfort be with her loved ones at this time of loss.

    In Christ
    Shelia L. Strickland
    Virginia Beach, VA

  34. Mike and Shirley Peebles

    Condolences from Mike and Shirley Peebles you are in our prayers we have lost a beautiful woman of God always had a big smile whenever we would see her we will continue to pray for the family

  35. Pastor Darrell and Lady ZeNai Brooks

    Some of my fondest memories include Mrs. Burton and the Traveler’s Rest Baptist Church. I enjoyed hearing her sing many songs and one of my favorites was “Jesus Gave it to me.” You have suffered a great loss and for this we are sorry! Our thoughts and prayers are with you today and always!

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