Eli Burton, 101, passed away December 23, 2019

Eli Burton, 101, of Benton Harbor, passed away on Monday, December 23, 2019, at Spectrum Lakeland Health.

A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, January 3, 2020, at 10AM at Greater Community Christian Fellowship, 870 Nate Wells Sr. Dr., Benton Harbor with Pastor Nathaniel Wells III officiating. Friends may visit with the family on Friday, January 3, 2020 from 9AM until time of service. Memorial contributions may be made to Eli’s family in c/o Mary Bell. Those wishing to leave a memorial contribution online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Eli was born on May 23, 1918, to Melton & Blannie (Rush) Burton in De Kalb, Mississippi. He worked as a Foundry Worker for Bendix for more than 40 years before his retirement. In 1940, Eli married Addie Smith before her passing in 1986. On May 2, 1987, Eli married Ruby Yancy before her passing in 2018. Eli was a Deacon of his faith for more than 75 year. He had great knowledge of his family’s history and was known as the family historian. Eli cared for his community and watch over many children in the Benton Harbor community. He enjoyed going for long walks, especially walking the mall.

Eli was survived by his children, Mary (George) Bell of Benton Harbor and Curtis (LaToya) Burton of St. Louis, MO; stepchildren, Mary Helen (John) James, Walter Hatten, Joyce (Pastor Kerwin Sr.) Hudson, Ruby (Glen) Burton, Vernal Hatten, Gary Hatten and Ivan Hatten; 29 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; siblings, Hal Eugene Burton and Maebell Kilpatrick; and honorable daughter Brenda Billy Stovall.

Eli was preceded in death by his first wife Addie Burton; second wife Ruby Yancy; stepson Robbert Hatten; and siblings, Lady B, Ida Mae, Eddie, Willie, Luther, Aurelia, James and Graddy. 

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