Burton J. Branch, 89, of Havelock, died on Monday, Sept. 5, 2016.

Burton J. Branch, 89, of Havelock, died on Monday, Sept. 5, 2016.

He was a U.S. Navy Veteran during World War II on the U.S.S. Flint and U.S.S. Amsterdam. He was also a past Master Mason in Lodge No. 688 of Havelock, Shriner, and successful businessman in owning Mama Rosa’s restaurant and Burton’s Restaurant and Lounge in Havelock. He was a retired member of the Craven County ABC store.

Funeral will be 5 p.m. Thursday at Cherry Point Baptist Church. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Wilmington.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Rosa Branch; one sister, Carla Knowles; one daughter, Deborah Branch Hines; one son, Larry Branch; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Shriners Crippled Children’s Fund.

Arrangements are by Cotten Funeral Home and Crematory, New Bern.