Charles A. Burford

obit imageCharles A. Burford, 86, of New Bethlehem, died on Sunday afternoon, December 13, 2015 at the Kittanning Care Center.

He was born on May 11, 1929 in Climax and son of the late Dale Walter and Vernadean (Shick) Burford. On May 29, 1951, he married Emma Lou (Fink).
Charles served his country with the United States Army during the Korean War. He worked for the Pittsburgh & Shawmut Railroad as a foreman. He was a member of the Rimersburg Sportsmen’s Club and the Clarion County Bass Masters.

He is survived by his wife, Emma Lou Burford of New Bethlehem, two sons, Steven Burford and his wife Dale Ann of Rimersburg and Barry Burford and wife Cindy of Climax, five daughters, Debrah Griffin and her husband Jack of New Bethlehem, Sherry Cowan and her husband Wade of Mayport, Rebecca Shirey and her husband Mark of Stewartstown, Dawn Burford of New Bethlehem, and Vickie Teal of Raleigh, North Carolina, fifteen grandchildren, twenty six great grandchildren, five great great grandchildren, one brother, Glenn Burford and his wife Donna of Poland, Ohio, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Vivian Burford, a grandson, Adam Richard Shirey, two brothers, Calvin and Richard Burford, and a sister, Helen Schall.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 at the Alcorn Funeral Home in Hawthorn.

The funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 11:00 am at the funeral home with Pastor Jodie Smith officiating. Immediately following the funeral service, the Walter W. Craig Post 354 of New Bethlehem American Legion will honor their fallen comrade.

Interment will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery, Mahoning Township, Armstrong County.

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