A memorial service for Robert Burge, 80, will be held on Sunday, April 18, at 4B Ranch in Alba. His grandchildren will be in charge of the service.
Mr. Burge died at his home on March 31, 2021, surrounded by family and with his wife holding his hand. He was born on February 28, 1941, in Mineola, to J.H. Burge and Lucile Wallace Burge.
He married Saundra Seaton on August 6, 1960, and they had four children. He retired early from Tyler Pipe to be a full-time rancher, the job he truly loved. He served Alba as an alderman, mayor, city judge, fire chief and president of the Alba-Golden Youth Foundation.
He thought the best thing that ever happened was having grandchildren until the great-grandchildren were born. They completely stole his heart. He loved his family, the land and his cattle.
Mr. Burge is survived by his wife; children, Ron and Leanna Burge, Mike Burge, Steve and Kristi Burge, and Lisa and Ricky Haisten; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, V.T. and Ruth Seaton.
Memorials may be made to Alba Public Library and Museum, P.O. Box 243, Alba, Texas 75410 or Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wilson-Bartley Funeral Home.