Gail T. Burton 1929-2017


Gail T. Burton 1929-2017

We were sad to learn of the passing of Gail T. Burton, a long-time friend of the BAR-D, who had fought liver cancer for more than two years.

Thanks to Bobby Newton for passing along this information from the memorial service:

Gail Travis Burton, 88, of Benton, AR, passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at his home. He was born, January 4, 1929 in Temple, Oklahoma, to the late William L. and Vela Ina Buton. He was alsos preceded in death by his oldest brother. M/Sgt. Wendell L. Burton and older sister, Lauretta Burton Reynolds.

Mr. Burton was a deacon at First Baptists Church of Benton, a U.S. Army veteran having served in Korea 1946-48, and had retired as a Fire Protection Specialist. He was also a Master Mason, a life-member of the California PTA and a member of the Los Angeles Fire Protection Forum, Society of Fire Protection Engineers, the Missouri Cowboy Poet’s Association, and a charter member of the Academy of Western Artists.

Since 1987, his poetry has been featured in The Tombstone Epitaph, the National Newpaper of the Old West.  He has written from 400-500 cowboy poems.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Barbara Burton; five childern, Terri Baird (Victor) of Benton; Paula Buton of Fawnskin, CA; John Burton of Benton; Joel Burton (Karen) of South Plainfield, NJ and Leonard Burton of Little Rock; 15 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and many friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested for Children’s Ministry at First Baptist Church, 211 S. Market St., Benton, AR 72015 and/or Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant, 23157 I-30 South, Bryant, AR 72002.

Find some of Gail T. Burton’s poetry at