HONORING the LIFE of FRED L. BURLESON
December 18, 1938 - May 27, 2018
Fred was an unforgettable man whose memory thrives in the hearts of all who were blessed to know and love him. His unwavering love of God and Country, freedom, loyalty, determination, excellent work ethic, optimism, cheerfulness and sense of humor was magnetic! He joined many dear family members and life-long close friends who welcomed him joyfully into his Eternal Home. He is survived by his wife Linnae Burleson, daughter Nicole Britton, son Nicholas Burleson, granddaughter Lila Britton, grandson Jack Britton and son-in-law Maxwell Britton. His previous wife and children’s Mother, Sharon Kay (Smith) Burleson, preceded him in death on March 20, 1995. His most cherished memories revolved around his early childhood years when living with his Grandparents in Olney, Texas. Every Sunday morning, he walked with his Grandmother Hart, hand in hand, to Immanuel Baptist Church. In spite of his short-term memory loss in later years, her special place in his heart comforted him. As Fred grew toward manhood, his Uncle Ed Hart was a powerful influence for goodness, honesty, faithfulness, and generosity. He was a Boy Scout and a valued member of the Texas National Guard.
His 35-year career with Furr’s Cafeterias began as a dish washer. Guy Vawter trained Fred in Furr’s and became one of his closest life-long friends. Fred loved every day of his job, worked diligently and steadily advanced in the company until retiring in 1993. On December 21, 1978 he was named Vice President, an amazing accomplishment!
In 1996 Guy and his wife, Peggy, introduced Fred and Linnae which began their happy 22-year marriage. From 1999 to 2015, Fred realized his long-time dream of traveling the USA in an RV. Driving with Linnae down wide-open western highways, discovering breath-taking views, setting up cozy camps, and best of all; building a mesmerizing campfire at the end of the day, gave them sheer contentment! In 2003, Fred and Linnae moved from Colorado Springs, CO to Sierra Vista, AZ where they loved not owning a snow shovel, an ice scraper, a lawn mower, or winter coats! Patio time gazing at Mt. Miller was peaceful. Fred lived a good, honorable vibrant life and is forever greatly missed!
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