History of the Restoration Movement

Ezra Winston Burton


E. Winston Burton

The tall, slender, Ezra Winston Burton was born June 15, 1924, in Paragould, Arkansas, a son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Burton. At the age of 12 he was baptized by Will W. Slater, and began preaching at the age of 15.

After high school he enrolled at Freed-Hardeman College, but he completed his college work at A.P.I., in Auburn, Alabama, where he received a B.S. in 1946. While in college he demonstrated remarkable erudition and became a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

Burton began preaching immediately after graduation and served a number of churches in Alabama, Tennessee and Arkansas. During those days he wrote profusely, conducted popular radio programs, and had several debates. Burton also spoke on college lectureship programs and preached in many meetings every year.

In 1970 Winston, his wife, Revalee Hurd, and their children, were in Jonesboro where he served as director of the Church of Christ Student Center at Arkansas State University, and preached at Fourth and Vine in Coming, Arkansas, while Landon Saunders made a worldwide mission and fact-fmding tour. Revalee and Winston also entered the business world about this time.

Burton has become a prominent figure among churches of Christ in northeast Arkansas preaching in many meetings, lectureships, and special services. He has preached for many congregations in Randolph County. He is currently an associate minister at the progressive Southwest Church of Christ in Jonesboro.

-Dr. Michael L. Wilson, Arkansas Christians: A History of the Restoration Movement in Randolph County, Arkansas 1800-1995,c. 1997, page 159. Note: This is a timed piece. Some of those enlisted as living may be now deceased.

Obituary For E. Winston Burton

E. Winston Burton, 88, of Jonesboro died Thursday afternoon, September 19, 2012 at his home. He had lived in Jonesboro since 1967, moving here from Dickson, Tennessee. E. Winston was a member of Southwest Church of Christ. He graduated from Paragould High School in 1942; then received an AA degree from the Free-Hardeman College in 1944; received a BS degree from the Auburn University; graduate of Harding University 1961 with a master's degree; Winston did graduate work at Auburn University, Harding University and Arkansas State University. 

Winston ministered at churches in Opelika, Alabama form 1944-1947; Huntsville, Alabama 1947-1951; Opelika, Alabama from 1951-1953; Union City, Tennessee from 1953-1956; Main and Oak Church in Jonesboro from 1956-1961;Dickson, Tennessee from 1961-1967; Campus Minister at ASU from 1967-1974; Fisher St. Church of Christ, 1967-1989; Southwest Church of Christ from 1989 until present. He was preceded in death by his wife Revalee Hurd Burton; his parents, and one brother, Weldon Burton. 

Survivors include sons, Keith Burton of Livingston, Texas; Phil Burton and wife Pam of Jonesboro; daughter, Kay Moore and husband Wendell of Dickson, Tennessee; brothers, Leon Burton of Huntsville, Alabama; Terry Burton of Garland, Texas; sister, Aletta Brummett of Paragould, Arkansas; grandchildren, Rodney Burton, Sarah Spencer, Kristen Work, Jan Fields, Michael Fields, Bill Burton and Bart Burton. 

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Friday, September 21, 2012 at Southwest Church of Christ with Brother Jimmy Adcox, Richard Akins and Chris Harrell officiating with Emerson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Burial will follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery with Bill Burton, Bart Burton, Michael Fields, Tim Woodruff, Bob Holloway and Abby Jackson serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are the Elders of Southwest Church of Christ; Faith Builders Class at Southwest Church of Christ, Kiwanis Club and Dr. Anthony White. Visitation wil be from 9:00 AM Friday until service time. 

For lasting memorials, please consider Wolflife Campus Ministries, %Southwest Church of Christ 1601 James St. Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401. To sign an online guest book go to emersonfuneralhome.com.

-Find-A-Grave Note: This is a timed piece. Some of those enlisted as living may be now deceased.

Directions To The Grave of E. Winston Burton

E. Winston Burton is buried in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery in Jonesboro, Arkansas. In Jonesboro, take the Joe N. Martin Expressway, Hwy. 63, to Exit 44. Head south on Hwy. 1. The cemetery will be on your left. Go into the main entrance and bear to the right. Stay to the right, and take the next right, and toward the rear take a hard right into a circle at the end. At circle, enter to the right into the Garden Of Prayer. It is in the center of the section. Garden Of Prayer. The exact GPS location of the grave is: 35°47'46.6"N 90°41'09.1"W / or D.d. 35.796273, -90.685850

Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery


Garden Of Prayer

E. Winston - 1924 - 2012
Revalee H. - 1925 - 2006

Photos Taken 11.13.2014
Webpage produced 11.25.2014
Courtesy of Scott Harp

*Special thanks to Tom L. Childers and Charlie Wayne Kilpatrick for assisting in the burial location. They along with your web editor took a trip into northern Arkansas to find the graves of gospel preachers of yesteryear in November, 2014. We traveled together three days and located the final resting places of nearly forty preachers and their families. It was a great trip. Many of the personalities we researched were chronicled in Boyd E. Morgan's book, Arkansas Angels, or later in Dr. Michael L. Wilson's book, Arkansas Christians: A History of the Restoration Movement in Randolph County, 1800-1995.

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