Darrell Carl Burton, 68

Darrell Carl Burton

Darrell Carl Burton, a former PG&E employee and a mentor to children, died Wednesday, Jan. 9. He was 68. Burton graduated in 1963 from Lincoln High School in Port Arthur, Texas and joined the U.S. Army, becoming a drill sergeant. After leaving the military in 1968, he relocated to Alameda where he attended Alameda College, earning a certificate in auto mechanics. Burton spent most of his life in Oakland. He worked at PG&E for over 37 years. He loved traveling, bowling, fishing, photography, good food, good music and good parties. He also enjoyed serving the seniors at the East Oakland Senior Center on a weekly basis and continued to do so until his health started to fail.  He was also a member of the Super Dad’s Club, where he was a mentor for young children. He made his home a warm and welcoming place where he shared his large movie and photograph collections and the latest technology. Darrell is survived by his wife, Rachel Docks Burton; three sons, Willie Barnes (Mary) and Jeremiah Barnes, both of Portland, Maine, and Darrell Carl Burton, II of Oakland; three brothers, James Burton (Margaret), Beaumont, Texas, Steve Burton (Marsha), Bay Town, Texas, and Carlton Sparrow Burton, Nashville, Tennessee; two sisters, Lois Faye Burton and Mary Dean, both of Las Vegas, Nevada; and an aunt, Mary Agnes Sparrow, Alameda. He is also survived by four brothers-in-law, Charles Docks, Lawrence Docks, Quentin Docks (Theresa), all of Gary, Indiana and Jeffery Docks, Atlanta, Georgia; four sisters-in-law, Emily Collier, Gary, Indiana, Clementine, Titus (Mack), Cerritos, California, Kathy Greenlow (Jesse), Olympia, Washington, and Gale Thomas (Vernon), Maryville, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Alma Sparrow Burton, brother Willie Burton and his sister Verna Lee Ned. A public viewing was held Jan. 16 and services were Jan. 17 at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Oakland.
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