James Mabry Burnett

James Mabry Burnett
September 14, 1932 ~ May 11, 2017
James Mabry Burnett, born September 14, 1932, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 11, surrounded by family.
James (Jim) was born and raised in Beaumont, one of three children born to the late Sam and Eunice Burnett. James graduated from French High School in 1950. He served in the U. S. Coast Guard for three years before meeting, Marie, his wife of 58 years.
In 1972 he settled in Liberty Hill with his family and became a small business owner. He purchased the local laundromat and opened a convenience store. The Corner Washateria and Corner Carry Out became a well known landmark and gathering spot in downtown Liberty Hill.
Always concerned about the youth in town, he added an arcade and pool tables at the back of the store so they had a place to go. He loved and encouraged not only his children, but all of them.
James was involved in the community. He volunteered for the fire departments in Liberty Hill and Bertram. He was the first to attend and complete fire training school. He encouraged others to do the same. He gave blood regularly, earning recognition for giving more than 12 gallons through the years.
He volunteered his time recording books on tape at the library and served as a leader for scouting in Round Rock and Liberty Hill. He loved to read, loved old county music, and dancing.
The most important thing to him was family. James was a loving husband, father, uncle, grandfather, and friend. He was fiercely loyal and protective of those he loved. He touched many lives and will be remembered for his quick wit, sense of humor, love for words, and infectious smile.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother; Donathon Burnett; and sister, Wilma Patrick.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Burnett; children; LaRue Williams and husband Tommy; Rex Burnett and wife, Carol; Phyllis Burnett; Mark Burnett and wife, BJo; and Connie Burnett; sister-in-law, Patricia Burnett and brother-in-law, William Patrick, 11 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, June 3, at Cross Tracks Church, a Methodist Community. The family requests donations in lieu of flowers made to Cross Tracks Church Youth Ministries.
Arrangements under the care of Edgar & Jenkins Family Funeral Home, Burnet.

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