Creed Donald Burleson Sr., 80, of Marion went to be with the Lord Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, at Memorial Campus in Asheville.

Mr. Burleson was born July 31, 1936, to the late Herbert and Viola Thomas Burleson. Mr. Burleson was a retired veteran of the United States Navy, where he proudly served four tours in Vietnam. Following his Naval career, he then served his county by working in the McDowell County School system for many years. Mr. "B," as he was affectionately known, worked as a counselor and substitute teacher.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Sue Mashburn Burleson, who passed away in 2012. Left to cherish Mr. Burleson's memory are three sons, Creed Donald Burleson Jr., Alan Scott Burleson and Kevin Shawn Burleson and wife, Doris; one brother, Hubert Burleson; three granddaughters, Alex, Gabi and Anna; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 11 a.m., at New Manna Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m., at the church, one hour prior to the service.

Interment with full military honors by the United States Navy will follow at the Western Carolina State Veteran Cemetery in Black Mountain.

Flowers are accepted and appreciated, but those wishing to make memorial donations should consider the New Manna Baptist Church Mission Fund, 245 East Court St., Marion NC, 28752.

Chad L. Beam Funeral Licensee is assisting the Burleson family. For further information and/or to sign the online guestbook, please visit our website, or call 828-460-4723.

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