Martin Anthony Burton was born March 8, 1965 to his mother Bonnie Burton and Father Mac McBorrow. In his early years, Martin was given the last name Burton by his step Father Tom Burton who received Martin as his own son.
Martin grew up in the Mount Baker area where he attended John Muir elementary and Sharples Junior High School. Martin was a member of Goodwill Baptist Church early in life. In 1975 he was Baptized and became involved in multiple ministries, such as, Usher Board -serving as an Usher and the Youth Choir.
We all knew Martin as Tony which was a very fitting illustration of his personality. For example, he attended Ingram High School where he was one of the sharpest dressing teenagers at the school. In fact, he arrived to school most days “suited” also the “Trench coat” became a trademark. He was full of energy and put a lot of that energy into karate, dancing and music. You most likely would catch him grooving to one of his favorite artist, such as, Morris Day and the Time or competing in Dance Battles.
In Tony’s early adulthood years, he took a job working at US Disposal. Tony was a hard worker and didn’t mind getting his hands dirty. He later went to work with his Uncle George where he would discover his gift as a craftsman. Without a doubt, you would always see him “light up” when creating something new. In the last few weeks of his life, he witnessed the baptism of his eldest daughter. This brought Tony so much Joy that only God himself provided.
Tony was a loving father, a kind son, a wonderful friend who had a smile that would light up the room. He was also well known in the community for always lending a helping hand. He knew what it felt like not to have a voice, therefore he was willing to show up for others in away were their voices mattered to him.
Tony was called to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 while protecting someone else. Proceeding him in death, his Father Mac McBorrow and Brothers Michael Burton and Wayne Burton.
Tony leaves to mourn his homegoing his Mother Bonnie Burton, his four children Tanisha Frazier, Anthony Burton, LaTisha Burton and Jasmine Burton along with five step children Jennifer Parker, Amber Smith, Krystal Smith, Robert Smith and Heather Smith, uncle George Ward, aunt Luilla Ward and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews along with lots of relatives and friends.
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