David Allen Burton, an employee at the family-owned Burton Service Station in Nicholasville for more than 30 years, died unexpectedly Thursday. He was 46.
He is survived by his father, Virgil "Poochie" Burton; his mother, Kathleen Burton; his two brothers, Bradley and Rodney Burton; and four nieces with whom he was very close, Poochie Burton said.
Mr. Burton worked on old cars as a hobby and was working on a 1938 Chevrolet on Tuesday after a day at work, according to his father.
After going to the hardware store with a friend, he came back to the service station and collapsed. He died Thursday of complications from a stroke, said his brother Rodney.
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"He was big-hearted and well known," Rodney Burton said. "The friendliest guy you could ever meet."
Mr. Burton started helping out at the service station when he was 12 years old and began working there full time at 16. Except for a year and a half spent as a truck driver, he worked at the service station all his adult life.
His father has owned the Nicholasville service station for 50 years.
"He worked six days a week with me right by my side," Poochie Burton said.
There will be a visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Betts and West Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at Jessamine Christian Church at 1 p.m. Monday.