Billy J. Guthrie

A memorial service for Billy Joe Guthrie 76, of Burnet is 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at Assembly of God Church, 807 E. White St. in Burnet, with Leslie Hart officiating.

He was born on Dec. 9, 1935, in Burnet to Robert and Julia Taylor Guthrie and passed from this life on Nov. 27, 2012, in Burnet.

He was proud of his service to his country during the Vietnam War.

After being honorably discharged, he returned home and started his employment with the Lower Colorado River Authority for five years, leaving there to pursue the profession of carpentry that he loved doing since he was 15. He was happiest when he had a hammer in his hand. During his career, he worked for Darrell Leech Builders, Lydia Construction Co. at the time of the building of Darrell K. Royal Stadium and Faulkner Construction Co. and then worked for numerous real estate companies including Billy Joe Fox Real Estate, John Simmons Real Estate and Barnes and Jones Real Estate.

He married the love of life, Betty Smith, on August 6, 1960, and she survives him as well as their sons, Robert Guthrie and his wife Diane, Thomas Guthrie and his wife Eva and Kootsey Guthrie; daughters, Brenda Buckner and her husband Pat and Carol Marcon and her husband Mike; brother, Danny Guthrie and his wife Charlotte; mother-in-law, Mavis Smith; 17 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous extended family members.

A quote from Dad: “If I can build it with a fishing pole, I will do it, or otherwise I am retired.”

The family would like to give special thanks to the medical staff at Seton Highland Lakes Hospice.

An online registry can be signed at

Arrangements by Edgar Funeral Home, 109 N. Main St. in Burnet, (512) 756-4444.

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