Macedonia Church Dedicated Sunday school Teacher Reminisces about the Men in Her Life Who Served as Soldiers in the Armed Forces

Macedonia Church Dedicated Sunday school Teacher Reminisces about the Men in Her Life Who Served as Soldiers in the Armed Forces

By Frances Gonzalez-Boyd

 

 

 

Those were the days when you could walk into the old time pharmacies and enjoy a cheap milkshake and hamburger at a bar while listening to the fifties and sixties music. Sock hop dancing was popular. America was enjoying the leisure moments of a low cost economy. It was in the fifties when Uncle Sam was in need of a few good men for the armed services. Many men were drafted to go fight in the war. There is a local woman who whose husband was drafted at a young age to fight for his country. “Those were the years that were just foggy for me. He had never been out of Abilene before they drafted him. If you were poor, you were the first to get drafted.” said Eugenia Burton. Burton, 83, who is a widow today, recalls the agony of her waiting for her husband, Willie D. Burton who was a , to return home. Their son was drafted; Norman Whitney Burton Jr. joined the Army in 1981 and was in for four years. Her grandson, David Bardor, is currently in the Marines and stationed in Afghanistan. {{more}} The Burtons are originally from Moore Station, Texas, a town close to Athens in East Texas. Willie and Eugenia had four sons. Donald W., Willey Whitney Jr., Norman Thomas Whitney, and Willy B. Burton Jr. They have four granddaughters, and two grandsons, and two great-granddaughters. Her family reunion was just last month where the Burtons meet each year at Moore Station out in the country.Willie BurtonEugenia Burton is proud of the men in her life, and all her offspring. She might have not made it during her alone time while her husband and son were in the military if it had not been for her faith in God. Like many women who have to wait for their husbands to come back from the wars and being stationed overseas, she was a praying wife. She endured the hard times while at home.  She gives credit to her mother, MaeEtta Stewart for her strong faith in God. Her mother, a very spiritual woman instilled that faith in her at an early age. It was because of her Christian upbringing that made her want to teach Sunday school. She has been teaching fourteen to seventeen- year olds for thirty-five years at Macedonia Baptist Church in Abilene, TX. Burton also sings in the choir. “MyNorman Whitney Burton mother was an Evangelist. I remember when she used to take us to Merkel, TX; we would have prayer meetings in other women’s houses. I believe that we were born to be going where we were going. I consider the journey that I took led me to where I am now.” Burton said. Her job is a provider for a home health agency in town. When Burton is not working, she is always busy spending time with her grandchildren. She has come a long way in her life, and at her age she still has a lot to look forward to. Being proud of her family is what her life is all about, and sharing the faith and love to others that was passed down from her mother is also very important to her.  David Bardor