February 8, 1943 — August 24, 2020
Thurman Louie Fancher Jr. was born on February 8, 1943, in Jacksonville, Texas, and passed away in Burnet on August 24, 2020. His father (T.L. Fancher Sr.) was a WW2 soldier stationed in Australia at that time and his mother (Dorothy Jane Barber Fancher) was a school teacher in Martins Mill. As a boy Thurman grew up on an East Texas farm before moving to Burnet during his teen age years.
He graduated from Burnet High School in 1961 leaving a four year record of achievement. He was a two year member of the National Honor Society, active member and officer of the student council. He participated in sports and lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track, not to mention was also band and a handful of school clubs.
In 1961 he was voted “Mr. Burnet High School” and “Most Likely to Succeed” but you would never hear this from him as he was laid-back, lowkey, steadfast and dependable. Such was his nature. If he was your friend, he was a good one. He loved family, animals, handmade boots, blue shirts, pickup trucks and “gimme hats.”
After graduation from the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine he established a private veterinary practice in Belton and later moved on to work for the Texas Animal Health Commission. His work with the TAHC lasted many years with offices in San Saba and Lampasas as well as extensive traveling in the state of Texas.
Thurman was preceded in death by his parents, T.L. and Dorothy Fancher, and twin infant brothers. He is survived by his three children, Clay Alan Fancher and wife Shana of Marble Falls; Stacy Leigh Fancher of Valley Mills; and Kori Wayland Fancher of Longmont, Colorado. He is also survived by one grandchild, Shaelyn Fancher (daughter of Stacy). Also surviving are numerous Fancher and Barber cousins scattered throughout Texas and the United States. Thurman will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.
A public graveside for family and friends was held Friday, Aug. 28, at Post Mountain Cemetery.
Fond memories and condolences to the family may be made to clementswilcoxburnet.com.
Arrangements entrusted to Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home, Burnet, Texas.