A life celebration for Jack Noble Burford, age 90 of Mount Vernon, will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 18th at the First United Methodist Church in Mt. Vernon. Visitation will precede the service at 1:00 p.m. at the church.
Mr. Burford was born in Clarksville, TX to P.J. and Katherine Noble Burford. Jack served proudly in WWII as a B-24 pilot at the age of 18 flying 37 missions. He graduated from North Texas State University, worked as a safety engineer for Mobil Oil, opened a convenience store (Cypress Center), and served as an art teacher and president of the Mt Pleasant Art Society. Jack and his wife Ruth traveled three continents with four children in tow over the years. He was a patriot and a member of the Tea Party. Jack lived a wonderful life and loved every minute of it. He loved spending time with his family, working on his tractor, planting vegetable gardens, and sharing his love of art with his students and the Mt. Pleasant Art Society.
Jack died Monday, July 13 at his residence. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 65 years, Ruth Burford. He is survived by four children and their spouses: Larry Burford and Patricia Little of Dallas, Katherine and Arthur Cross of Mount Vernon, Diana and Paul Thomas of Winnsboro, and Kevin and Peggy Burford of St. Louis; a sister, Betty Andrews of Clarksville; six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and a niece and nephew.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 659, Mount Vernon, TX 75457.