Eli Burton

Eli Burton

Thursday, May 23rd, 1918 - Tuesday, December 24th, 2019
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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

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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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
    Greater Community Christian Fellowship
    870 Nate Wells Sr. Dr.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 | 10:00am
    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 10:00am
    Greater Community Christian Fellowship COGIC - Benton Harbor
    870 Nate Wells Dr.
    Benton Harbor, MI 49022
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Memorial contributions may be made to Eli's family in c/o Mary Bell.


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annie horace

Posted at 03:36pm
I will always remember my sweet humble uncle. I loved him dearly he will certainly be missed. I call him my 1st uncle the one you could always run and talk too about anything and he would guide you the right way to go which was the Jesus way. Luv you uncle and I will always remember you. God Bless and rest humble servant

Doretha Moore

Posted at 12:03pm
Uncle Eli, Strong and quiet man. always surprise you with observant remarks That let you know He was on the ball. That is the type of man anyone would want as a leader. Thinking of you Uncle and loving you, your Niece Doretha.

Love always l


Sharron D Allen

Posted at 12:04pm
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Carolyn Posted at 07:36pm

What a great man my uncle was. As children he always made sure we had a ride when we didn't own a car. When ever he came to visit he would make sure all of us had some money in our hand, whether it was a quarter or a dollar bill. He remembered everyone's birtdates and how old you were. He left a great legacy.

Minnie Donald Dolores and Sharron Allen

Posted at 11:16am
We pray the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief. You are in our prayers we love you family
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