Printed from:

Welcome to Columbia Magazine  

Freddie Burton, 79, Adair County, KY (1936-2016)

He made friends everywhere he went. He was a very well-known and respected trainer in the horse racing industry across the country. He was a member of a large, respected Northeast Adair County Kentucky family. He was the son of the late Rufus & Anna mary Foster Burton. He was the patriarch of a very large family. He leaves 45 direct living descendants and took great pride that his one one of the few families with five generations at one time. He loved his families - His blood family, the Burtons and related, and his horse family. At almost any track, he'd meet horsemen he knew by name, and they knew him and loved him. His final resting place will be in Bearwallow Cemetery.
Click on headline for complete obituary

Freddie Burton, 79, of Columbia, KY, died Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 11:30pmCT, at his home after an illness.

The funeral service will be Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 11amCT, at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY, with Bro. Paul Patton & Bro. Vernon Luttrell officiating. Burial will be in Bearwallow Cemetery, 6080 Liberty Road, Columbia, KY. Visitation will be after 4pmCT, Friday, May 27, 2016.

Freddie Burton, 79, Adair County, KY (1936-2016)

He was born November 23, 1936, in Adair County, KY. He was the son of the late Rufus & Anna Mary Foster Burton. He died Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Columbia, Adair County, KY, at the age of 79 years, six months, and one day.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his second mother, Evelyn Burton; three brothers, Harold, Bobby Dale and Edward Burton; and one sister, Glenna Mann.

He was a very well-known and respected trainer in the horse racing industry across the country.

Survivors include:
  • Three daughters: Anita (Bobby) Webster; Marsha (Terry) Popplewell; and Anna Burton (Nick Murray) all of Columbia, KY

  • Three sons: Donald Ray Burton, Joey (Alayna) Burton and Greg (Holly) Burton all of Columbia, KY

  • One brother: Roger (Lisa) Burton of Vine Grove, KY

  • Two sisters: Cathy (Harold) Lawless and Sherry (Tommy) Cook all of Columbia, KY

  • Twenty-three grandchildren

  • Twelve great-grandchildren

  • Four great-great-grandchildren

  • Several other relatives and friends.
Send condolences to the family of Freddie Burton

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY, in charge of arrangements

This story was posted on 2016-05-25 15:43:25
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.

Freddie Burton at Inaugural Race, Miles Park

2016-05-26 - Miles Park, Louisville, KY - Photo from Joey Burton.
Joey Burton sent these of his late father, Freddie Burton, above, with Lucky Lena. He writes: "This is Miles Park 1962. Dad and Frank Clelland won the Inaugural handicap with Lucky Lena." Clicking Read More accesses Freddie Burton's obituary: Freddie Burton, 79, Adair County, KY (1936-2016)

Read More... | Comments? | Click here to share, print, or bookmark this photo.


Quick Links to Popular Features

Looking for a story or picture?
Try our Photo Archive or our Stories Archive for all the information that's appeared on


Contact us: Columbia Magazine and are published by Linda Waggener and Pen Waggener, PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.
Phone: 270.403.0017

Please use our contact page, or send questions about technical issues with this site to All logos and trademarks used on this site are property of their respective owners. All comments remain the property and responsibility of their posters, all articles and photos remain the property of their creators, and all the rest is copyright 1995-Present by Columbia Magazine. Privacy policy: use of this site requires no sharing of information. Voluntarily shared information may be published and made available to the public on this site and/or stored electronically. Anonymous submissions will be subject to additional verification. Cookies are not required to use our site. However, if you have cookies enabled in your web browser, some of our advertisers may use cookies for interest-based advertising across multiple domains. For more information about third-party advertising, visit the NAI web privacy site.