C.A. Burton, Jr.

Class of 1964 / Inducted 1975 / Football

A native of Clifton Forge, Virginia, C. A. Burton, Jr. was a four-year letterman in football at Emory & Henry College.  He graduated in 1964 and was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 1975 for his accomplishments on the gridiron.

Burton, a fullback, was an honorable mention Little All-America player in 1961 and 1963, his sophomore and senior years respectively.  In addition to this esteemed recognition his senior year, he was also a co-captain and was named to the Virginia All-State Team and the Knoxville News Sentinel’s All-Star Team. In his career, the fullback amassed 1,369 yards on 320 carries.

After leaving Emory & Henry, Burton joined the Virginia High School football coaching staff and taught government and English at the school.  He moved from there to Holston High School in Damascus, Virginia, where he served as head coach.  In 1967, he was named head coach at Clifton Forge High School, he led the school to an undefeated season that year, and received the recognition of Coach of the Year.  He went on to earn a master of education from the University of Virginia and to serve as a coach and a guidance counselor at Stonewall Jackson High School.