Ray Burrus, 84, of Lipscomb died in Canadian on March 31, 2018.
Funeral Services will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, April 3, 2018 in the Lipscomb School in Lipscomb, Texas on. Burial will follow at the Lipscomb Cemetery, under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Canadian.
Ray was born January 20, 1934 in Randall County to Harley & Ruby Burrus. Ray married Barbara Glanton on Oct. 2, 1953 in Randall County. He graduated Canyon High School in 1952.
Ray attended West Texas State and lettered for the men's basketball team from 1953-1956. He was inducted into the 2013 Athletic WTAMU Hall of Champions and still holds game and career records. Ray graduated with a Bachelor of Science from West Texas State and a Masters from Texas A&M. In 1957, following graduation he entered the military through the ROTC.
Ray served in the Army from 1957–1959. When discharged they moved to Lipscomb. Ray worked for the Soil Conservation Service from 1959–1961 when he went to work for the Texas Extension Service.
He served Lipscomb County for almost 28 years, retiring in 1989. As a County Agent he oversaw agricultural programs and sponsored outstanding 4-H programs, such as Camps, Riding Club and Texas A&M State Roundup. In 1981 Ray started farming and ranching with Son, Devin and wife Becky. He loved ranching and working in his shop doing wood work and other creative hobbies.
Survivors include, Wife, Barbara Burrus of the home; 2 Sons, Rennie Burrus and wife Kathy of Columbus Grove, OH and Devin Burrus and wife Becki of Higgins, Tx; four grandchildren, Dillon Burrus and wife Kinsey of Higgins, Trapper Burrus and wife Michelle of Lubbock, Caitlin Andrews and husband Jack of Wheaton, IL, and Brielle Augsburger and husband Jason of Marysville, OH; great grandchildren, Kendi, Quaid & Ellie Jo Burrus of Lubbock and Bridger & Parker Burrus of Higgins; sister-in-Law, Bettie Wimberly and husband AC; brother-in-law, David Brandon; niece, Mendy Putman and husband Terry and nephew, Kerry Wimberly and Lisa, along with several great nieces and nephews.
Ray was preceded in death by Parents, Harley & Ruby Burrus; a brother, Dennis Burrus; a granddaughter, Leisha Burrus and a Sister-in-Law, Carolyne Brandon.
The family will host a viewing time at Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Home in Canadian on Monday, April 2, 2018 from 9:00am- 8:00pm with family present from 6:00-8:00 PM.
Memorial contributions in Ray’s honor can be made to Mesa View Assisted Living, Teas Circle, Canadian, Texas 79014 or Hemphill County Hospice, 1020 S. 4th, Canadian, Texas 79014.