HICO - Henry Adrian Burden, 89, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2007, at Harris Methodist Erath County hospital.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007, at the First Baptist Church in Hico with Bro. Jason Burden and Bro. Bill Schibler officiating. Burial was in Fairy Cemetery with Rutledge-Jones Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Burden was born on March 22, 1918, to Henry A. and Maymee Leeth Burden in the Falls Creek Community. He was raised in Hico and Fairy and lived most of his life in the Hico area. Mr. Burden graduated from Fairy High School in 1937, and served in the U.S. Navy from 1939 until 1945 where he obtained the rank of Chief Warrant Officer. Mr. Burden and his brothers, Charles and J.W., started Burden Brothers Inc., a mechanical contracting corporation in 1947., He retired in the 1970's to a ranch in Iredell and then later moved to Hico.

Survivors include wife Marguerite Burden of Hico; sons Hank Burden and wife, Kathy, of Desoto, Paul Burden and wife, Neatie, of Granbury, and Jack Burden of California; step-daughters Margo Thiebaud of Hico, Nellye Gripp of Hico, and Jean Ann Golightly of Stephenville; step-son Jim Wofle of Mansfield; sisters Evelyn Sorenson of Cranfills Gap and Quata Powers of Iredell; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Published Nov. 20, 2007

Stephenville Empire-Tribune