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November 17, 2011

Roy Eldon “Don” Burkhalter

Roy Eldon “Don” Burkhalter, 50, died Nov. 16, 2011, at his home in Mineral Wells.

Service is 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Immanuel Baptist Church with Rev. David Wilkins officiating. Burial will follow in Bethesda Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

He was born April 24, 1961, in Weatherford, Texas, the son of Alton and Royce Elaine Lamkin Burkhalter. He married Nettie Harvey on July 9, 1988, in Mineral Wells. He was a lifetime resident of Parker and Palo Pinto counties and a Deacon and very active member of Immanuel Baptist Church. He was a member of the Whitt Masonic Lodge No. 624 and the Mineral Wells Kiwanis Club. He owned and operated the Brazos Sundown Crematory for the past two years and worked at Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home for several years as a funeral director prior to that. He had his pilot’s license and was able to take his son flying.

He graduated from Tarleton State University with a Bachelor’s of Business Degree, from LeTourneau University with a Master’s of Business Degree, and from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service with an Associate’s of Mortuary Science Degree.

He won the first year of the Crazy Womanless Beauty Pageant as Mrs. Rowena Lambchop. Don was a great husband, son, brother, a very loving and patient father and an inspiration to all he met. He loved and supported his community and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Nettie Burkhalter, of Mineral Wells; son, Donovan Burkhalter, of Mineral Wells; parents, Alton and Royce Elaine Burkhalter, of Mineral Wells; brothers and sisters and spouses, Colleen and Dennis Arnold, of Garner, Jim and Sharon Burkhalter, of Millsap, and Dani and David Arnold, of Weatherford; father-in-law, Marvin Harvey, of Mineral Wells; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Roland and Kim Harvey, of Benbrook, Texas, and Walter and Susan Harvey, of Dallas; and numerous other family and friends.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society, 3301 N. Freeway, Fort Worth, TX 76107, Attn: Palo Pinto County Relay for Life.

Condolences may be left at www.bcbfuneralhome.com.

Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home

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