Howard J. Burton was born in Warren County, NC to the late Howard and Lucille Burton. He attended and graduated from Norfolk Public Schools. After high school he went on to serve in the United States Army. After leaving the Army Howard worked many jobs before settling down for 20 years as a landscaper with Champion Fence Co. Howard was a great husband, fat her, grandfather, great grandfather and brother.
Howard is preceded in death by his sister, Lucy Vaughan; brother, Walter “Kingfish” Cunningham and son, Shawn Rodgers.
He leaves to cherish in his memory, wife, Deborah Burton; sisters, Catherine McFadden (Clarence) of Chesapeake, VA, Doris Jones (Milton) and Gloria Williams (Calvin) of North Carolina, Rita Malone, Van Medley and Vanessa Bass ; children, Larry Rodgers, Chaundelin Fincher, Christopher Rodgers and Dawn Franklin all of Norfolk, VA and a host of family and friends.