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Franklin Delnor Burton
March 4, 1933 ~ January 15, 2024 (age 90) 90 Years Old
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Franklin D. Burton was a husband first, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was born in Matoaca Virginia to the late Vernell Frances Butler and Abner Galt Burton. He grew up in Hopewell VA where he met his wife, Irene Zevgolis Burton at the age of 9. Franklin joined the Air Force National Guard at 17 and served during the Korean Conflict. After his Service was complete, he went to work at the Continental Can Company while attending night school, transferring to Virginia Tech in 1960; where he graduated with honors in 1962 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He moved to Arlington VA in 1962 and began working for PEPCO. His first position with PEPCO was designing generating stations and he achieved an award for designing the Chalk Point Generating Station. He became Chief Test Engineer and soon promoted to the Superintendent of Relay Test and Operation in the Civil and Substation Engineering Department. Franklin supervised engineers and technical assistants in estimating, designing and scheduling substation construction and the electrical portions of generation stations. He worked with several major active projects including Benning Chalk Point, Dickerson and Douglas Point Nuclear Plant. He retired from PEPCO in 1995. During retirement his favorite hobby was gardening, especially his roses. His favorite was the yellow peace rose. He enjoyed fishing for blues and steelheads. As a young man in the 50's he also enjoyed hunting but gave it up when he locked eyes with a beautiful doe. He loved nature.
Franklin and his wife were founding members of St Katherine's Greek Orthodox Church in Falls Church, VA. He attended church every Sunday until several years ago, when his illness prevented him from doing so, but he never lost faith. He served on the Parish Council at St Katherine's for many years. He was a presence at the church festivals, working alongside Mr. John Agnos. And when he wasn't working the festival, he was helping prepare and set up for it. He was a member of the Order of Ahepa and would lay wreaths every memorial day at the National Cemetary.
Franklin was a big believer in helping others. He never hesitated to say yes when his family, friends and/or neighbors needed his help. He'd stop what he was doing to give them a hand.
Franklin was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Thomas, Raymond, Arthur, and George and sisters Alice and Virginia, nephews George Jr, Samuel and niece Virginia (Jenni).
Franklin leaves behind his wife of 72 years, Irene Zevgolis Burton, his brother Wortha J. Burton, his son Bryan Franklin Burton and spouse Jolanda Burton, his daughter Joan Antoinette Manno and spouse Frank Manno, 4 grandchildren: Nia, Andrew and spouse Kaye, Anthony and Nicholas; 5 great-grandchildren: Everett, Damian, Larisa, Hayes and Finley and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to St Katherines' Greek Orthodox Church at Glen Carlyn and Fifth Road South, Falls Church, VA.
Viewing and Funeral to be held on Tuesday, Jan 23, 2024 at St Katherines' Greek Orthodox Church, beginning at noon. Internment at National Memorial Park Cemetary, 7482 Lee Hwy, Falls Church, VA 22042.