HILLVIEW - Jim Burton said he ran for city council to give something back to the community where he lived for over 30 years.
When Overdale Elementary students expressed concern over the safety of a crosswalk, Burton was joined by fellow councilman Leemon Powell to volunteer to serve as traffic guards.
The Hillview City Council lost one of its own on Saturday when the 63-year-old Burton passed away.
The native of Burkesville, Ky., was starting his second term on the council. He suffered from respiratory illness, which curtailed his assistance with the traffic guard work.
“He was here for what’s good for the city,” said mayor Jim Eadens. “He wasn’t a ‘yes’ man. He did what he thought was best for the people.”
When he decided to downsize from his home to an apartment due to less maintenance, Eadens said Burton was clear that he would remain in the city of Hillview.
“He wanted to do so much more for the city but his illness slowed him down a little,” said Eadens. “But he always battled and he never gave in. Jim was a fine person who cared about his city.”
At Monday’s council meeting, a moment of silence was held and a single candle burned throughout the night in Burton’s honor.
By law, the council must fill his seat at the next meeting.
Debby Stinson, chairperson of the Bullitt County Democratic Party, said Burton would be dearly missed.
Burton retired from Marathon/Ashland Oil Co. and was a Kentucky Colonel.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin Burton and Velar Watkins Burton; sisters, Cecil McKinney, Marie Pyles and Doris Mae Burton; and brothers, E.H. Cubby, Lloyd, Lawrence, Earl, Leonard and Keith Burton.
He is survived by his wife, Edith Norris Burton; sons, Rick (Missy), Greg (Jenni), and Chris (Amy) Burton; and a brother, Zenia Burton.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 19, at Schoppenhorst, Underwood and Brooks Funeral Home in Shepherdsville with burial in Brookland Cemetery.