Billy Inman (center), owner of Inman’s Ranch House Bar-B-Q in Marble Falls, died Jan. 4 at his home. He is survived by wife Sherry (left), daughter Ashley (right) and her husband, and granddaughter Addison. Courtesy photo
Inman’s Ranch House Bar-B-Q owner Billy Inman, 61, died in his sleep at home Jan. 4. Family and friends joined the Inmans to celebrate his life during a service Tuesday, Jan. 11.
“(Billy) never met a stranger,” wife Sherry Inman said in an interview with DailyTrib.com. “Everywhere we met, whether it be a goat show, vacation, or if he went fishing, he always made friends with somebody. He loved to talk. He touched a lot of people’s lives.”
Billy and Sherry were both sick at the time of his death, having tested positive for COVID-19 shortly beforehand. The Inman family is still waiting for final autopsy reports to identify the cause of death.
Inman spent a majority of his life in Marble Falls, having graduated from Marble Falls High School in 1979. He trained in welding at the James Connally Technical Institute in Waco, now the Texas State Technical College. He joined his father as co-owner of the iconic barbecue restaurant at 707 Sixth St. in Marble Falls in 1988.
Throughout his life, Inman had a passion for helping children, especially those interested in agriculture. He was a supporter of the Marble Falls High School FFA and the Burnet County 4-H program, often lending show goats to students who could not afford to buy their own during livestock season.
“He wanted (children) to have that life experience, and he wanted them to learn the responsibility of caring for another living creature,” Sherry explained.
He also served on the Burnet County Livestock Show board and helped oversee the State Fair of Texas’ boer goat show.
Inman is survived by his wife, daughter Ashley and her husband, and granddaughter Addison as well as extended family.
Sherry plans to reopen Inman’s Bar-B-Q in the near future. The restaurant first opened in 1964. She thanked the community for the support and love they have shown her family and asks for continued prayers for strength over the next few months and years.
“I just appreciate everybody’s support and all their love,” she said. “Their generosity has been overwhelming. It’s been very humbling, the outpouring of love from everybody.”