DeAndre "Dre" Burton was born in Elyria, Ohio, to Angela Denise Burton and George Ray Williams. Dre, the oldest of his mother's children, was put in a leadership and protector role at a very young age. He was an all-around athlete; he excelled in football, basketball, and baseball. Dre graduated from West High School in Columbus, Ohio, where he met his wife, Katryna. Their friendship created an unbreakable bond that blossomed into 11 years of life, love, and laughter. They shared a marriage, business and two beautiful boys that would become his best friends. In 2013, Dre began his career as a car detailer and in less than a year, his love for art birthed his entrepreneurial career as an automotive paint technician.
Dre was an avid sports fan, and shared his love for sports with his sons. He had the pleasure of coaching his sons in every sport they played, including little league football.
Dre loved listening to music and had a love for painting cars and drawing. Dre's favorite thing to do was to spend time with his wife and sons. Dre loved his family and friends dearly and had the personality of a man that never met a stranger.
If you knew Dre, you would know that he loved and appreciated his wife's cooking, it was his favorite thing to eat. He also loved snacks, ice cream and anything chocolate.
Dre is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents. Dre leaves to cherish and celebrate his life with his loving wife, Katryna Burton and two sons, Omere and Omaud Burton; his parents: Angela Denise Burton (Mark), George Ray Williams (Kay Kay) of Elyria, Oh., his in-laws: Patrice Harrison (Dion) and Melvin Johnson Jr.; his parents-in-love, Edward L. Thomas Jr. (Phyllis); his grandmother: Dorthy Bryant, granddad: Elcie White (Bernice); his siblings: Lorray Williams of North Carolina, Ashley Willis, Jerome Burton (Kristie) of Canton, Oh., Kevin Kimbro of Columbus, Oh., Tahnysha Harrison, DiAndre Harrison, Jacob Harrison (Madison), Robert Harrison (Emmonie), Dionna Harrison (Javon); aunts, uncles and cousins that he adored and a host of close friends he loved like family. Dre was honored to be called uncle by his 12 nephews, 7 nieces, 1 great niece and he was a proud godfather to Cameron Butt and Joshua Perry Jr.