NAASHVILLE, Tenn. — Gene Darrell Burton passed away on Oct. 30, 2016, at the age of 89. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jamie Burton; sons, Gene Craig Burton (Molly), Barry Glen Burton (Larry McGlinchey) and James Anthony Burton (Wilma); granddaughter, Adrienne Burton; and his sisters, Betty Lou Towers and Marillyn Seeberger.
Gene served in the U.S. Army in Italy and Korea as a Sergeant. Following his military service, Gene attended North Texas State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration.
He began his esteemed career in healthcare serving as the hospital-based purchasing director at facilities in Oklahoma, South Carolina and Kentucky where he started the first full-service, hospital shared-service organization for Western Kentucky Hospital Services in 1968. Subsequently, he served as Director of Purchasing for Humana, Inc. for eight years. In 1977, Burton joined Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) where he served as Vice President of Materials Management for 11 years.
In 1988, Burton founded Gene Burton & Associates (GBA) with four employees to provide integrated and comprehensive equipment and technology/communications planning services.  Today the firm employs more than 40 people with offices in Franklin, Tennessee and Arlington, Texas and has supported over 1,500 hospital construction projects. In October 2006, Burton retired from active management of GBA, but remained as Chairman of the Board.
Burton was a member of the National Association of Purchasing Management, the American Society of Hospital Materials Management, the Federation of American Healthcare Systems and the American Hospital Association.  In his leisure time, he enjoyed travel to Europe, reading, movies and cooking.
Burton was a member of First Presbyterian Church Nashville where Dr. Todd B. Jones will conduct a service at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 4th with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. The Burton family would like to thank the nurses and caregivers at NHC Place and Willowbrook Hospice, and especially the Rev. Perry Muse. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to www.Heart.org, or the charity of your choice.
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