Sam Burkett, age 84, a long-time resident of Liberty Hill, Texas died on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in Round Rock, Texas. Samwas born on March 1, 1929 in Lamesa, Texas to parents Jo B. Burkett and Exia (Logan) Wall. Cowboys are born, not made. From the time his boots hit the ground he never stopped and never looked back. Sam was as solid a Texan, as the Enchanted Rock is granite. Sam could write a contract on his word alone.
Sam enlisted into the United States Navy at the age of 17. He felt obligated to serve the country he loved in return for the freedoms he enjoyed with honor and moxie. After being honorable discharged from the Navy, he returned to his roots, as a farmer and a rancher. Sam was able to employ himself in farming and ranching in Liberty Hill, Texas. For leisure, he enjoyed the thrill of hunting and the calm relaxation of fishing. As he grew older, he enjoyed feeding his turkeys and deer on his land. Sam was a Baptist by faith and believed that Jesus Christ was his Lord and Savior. He fought the good fight and his reward is eternal life in Heaven. We are going to miss this man of character, firm resolve and integrity.
Sam was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Larry Burkett.
To cherish is memory, Sam leaves behind his sister, Pearl Shifflett of Big Springs, Texas; son, Andy Burkett and wife Connie of Liberty Hill, Texas; daughter, Jo Alexander of Lott, Texas; daughter, Cindy Wilson of Lampasas, Texas; grandchildren: Todd, Justin, Iris and Holly Burkett, Kristy Shepard, Shila Powers, Jamie Ashford, Elizabeth Easter and Robin Skinner; twelve great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A time of visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2013 at Ramsey Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Mather Cemetery in Liberty Hill, Texas.
Memorials may be made in Sam’s name to Hospice Compassus at 1717 N. IH-35, Ste. 130, Round Rock, Texas 78644 or to a hospice care provider of your choice.