GARLAND - Carleton Earle Burrill, 89, was called home early March 29, 2013. Born July 25, 1923, Carleton, the son of Orman Earle Burrill and Mariam Grace Stewart, was a life-long resident of Garland.
As a young man, he joined the Army
for nine months before he transferred to the Navy, where he served four years, 1942-1946. Carleton then worked as a carpenter until he retired in 1992. He helped found Garland Fire Department along with his father, Orman, and others in 1951. He was an active member of the department for more than 50 years, during which time he held multiple positions including chief and assistant chief. Carleton also acted as town forest fire warden for 43 years. He was a member of Garland Grange since about 1956, where he met his wife Henrietta Haskell.
Carleton is survived by a loving family; wife of 55 years, Henrietta Burrill; sister, Pauline Petterson and her family in Rhode Island; five children, Earl and wife, Angela, Henry and wife, Yolanda, Leslie and wife, Sherry, Loretta and husband, Allen Knaut, and Tina Burrill and friend, Eric Garcia; six grandchildren, Sara and husband, Derrick Carleton, James Burrill, Ashely and husband, Shawn Pinkerton, Jessica Burrill, David Curtis and Taran Curtis; great-grandchildren, Hayley Carleton and Baby Pinkerton.
At Carleton's request, there will be no formal services. There will be an open house in celebration of his life held 2-5 p.m. April 7, at Garland Fire Department. There will be a private interment at West Garland Cemetery at a later date. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Garland Fire Department. Cremation services are in care of Thompson Funeral Home, 17 Hudson Road, Corinth. Please visit www.ThompsonFuneralHome.org