My story on John Burton was the last article I wrote for The Times-Gazette, and that was fitting. While most people knew John as a longtime educator, I wanted to focus more on what he meant to the people who knew him in Lynchburg.
John’s life story is practically legendary in Lynchburg. He has always been a source of inspiration there. I doubt I ever knew anyone who was as completely and unreservedly admired as John Burton. Thanks to everyone who agreed to be interviewed for the story, starting with John’s youngest brother, Jamie. John was a classmate of my mother’s, and Jamie was my classmate (and basketball teammate and dear friend to this day).
John’s story inspired everyone during his life, and will continue to do so for years to come.