Tommy Earl Burke passed away unexpectedly at home on July 20, 2016, at the age of 72. He was born March 25, 1944, to Mercelle (Alexander) and Thurman G. Burke in Llano, Texas.
Many of his friends have made the comment that, when they were growing up, Tommy always had a cool car, and many reminisced about the “racing” years. Many called him “Burke” instead of Tommy.
He worked many years in the oil field industry. Tommy was a hard worker who could pick up the knowledge to do well on just about any job without prior experience. Pipelining led him all over the United States, and in later years, to India, Mexico, Canada and Egypt.
When he was home, he farmed and ranched. There are not many fields around the county that he didn’t plant, cut or bale hay. He loved to raise and care for his goats.
It was hard to get Tommy to attend a family reunion or social event, but if he did go, he did not have any trouble smiling and socializing. Many remember visiting and “cutting up” with him at his daughter’s store on Highway 29. He enjoyed visiting with Roy Lee Nobles and friends at the garage and going with Roy Lee every week to the car sales in Austin.
Many descriptions of Tommy include “big ol’ teddy bear” and “good ol’ boy.” Other comments have been “kind,” “highly thought of” and “respect.” He was a good friend and the best dad and grandfather in the whole world and will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered.
Tommy is survived by his daughter, Janet Hackworth and husband Jason of Llano; granddaughter, Kaitlyn Hackworth of Llano; sister, JoNell Owen of San Antonio; and many extended family and friends.
A celebration of his life and luncheon are at 1 p.m. July 31 at Lone Grove Community Center.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Llano County Library 102 E. Haynie Llano, TX 78643, where his granddaughter, Kaitlyn, enjoys the teen program, volunteers and hangs out with friends.
Arrangements by Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home, 307 E. Sandstone in Llano, (325) 247-4300. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with condolences.