Reverend Dalton Robert Burch Jr., 90, of Gainesville, FL passed away on Tuesday, 6/21/22 in Gainesville, FL.
Funeral services will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Monday, June 27th at 11:00am with Rev. Dick Mansel officiating. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Forest Meadows Funeral Home.
Dalton was born in Bogalusa, LA to Dalton Robert Burch and Viola Mae Sibley Burch on October 5th, 1931. He married Ann Gay Estes on September 15th, 1953. He went on to
graduate from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and was ordained by the First Baptist Church of McComb, Mississippi.
He served as President of the New Orleans Federation of Churches and the Gainesville Ministerial Association. Over his seventy years in the ministry he served churches in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida, retiring in July of 2017. He was a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Gainesville, FL and was honored by his fellow Rotarians with the Paul Harris Award for his work with Rotary Foundation Scholarship recipients. He enjoyed hunting in Texas and discovering excellent wines.
Dalton is preceded in death by his Father, Dalton Robert Burch, his Mother, Viola Mae Sibley Burch, and his brother, Meredith Sibley Burch.
Dalton is survived by his wife, Ann Gay Estes Burch, his sister, Constance Burch Bradley, his two children, Megan Gay Burch and Meredith Burch, and his two grandchildren, Sarah Elisabeth Hacker and Robert Anthony Hacker.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bread of the Mighty Food Bank at 325 NW 10th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601 or at (352) 336-0839.
Arrangements under the care of Forest Meadows Funeral Home, 725 NW 23rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32609 (352) 378-2528.
Dearest Ann Gay, Megan, and Meridith,
There are so many great memories of Dalton; his enlightening wisdom shared at church; his entertaining stories around the dinner table; his livley participaion in family pool parties at my sister’s home (Marcia and Jack Hurst); and his ability to get a giggle out of a child. He taught me all that I know about the appreciation, history, and origins of wines. I always admired his devotion to you, Ann Gay, and to your children Megan and Meridith, and his service to church and community. Love to you all from an old family friend, Kay