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From the "Burkett Family" at White Deer Preserve!

James Henry Burkett seated center next to his wife Samantha McAdams Burkett (on right holding baby Katie), young Iru stands next to her mother, far right. James Henry Burkett is the Great Grandfather of the current owner of White Deer Preserve, Joseph W. Burkett III, DVM, PH. Standing at James left, is Joseph Washington Burkett, Sr. (Grandfather) and standing to his right is Omar Burkett (Great Uncle). Photo was probably taken in the 1890's. Note the ubiquitous family hound in the photo foreground.

James Henry Burkett is the inventor of the Burkett Pecan.

The Burkett Pecan Tree is the State Tree of Texas.

Bits of News and Recent Photos From the Family!

    Pearl S. Burkett


Keeping busy with family and friends! Recently gloating over her newest Grand Daughter, Ashley!

    Joseph W. Burkett III, Courtney, and Jonathan Fisher


Courtney & Joe ventured to New York City, New York in mid February or 2008 to watch their Plott hounds show and compete at the Westminster dog show...what a great time it was!


Dr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Burkett III, are pleased to announce the marriage of their son Hunter L. to Katherine Renee Lavallee on July 30, 2005 in Alpine, Texas.


Joe took his "Girls" on an Alaskan Remote Adventure in July of 2004. It was a fantastic week in the great "Alaskan Bush". Here are a few photos of the "events".


New York - February 2008; we deicide to take in some of the great New York City adventures!

Dr. Joseph W. Burkett III and son Hunter L. Burkett after the wedding ceremony on July 30, 2005 in Alpine, Texas.

The Wedding Party with all of the brothers and sisters, July 30, 2005; First Baptist Church, Alpine, Texas.

Life long friends David McClure, Dr. Robert A. Smith, & Joe Burkett III at the wedding rehersal. If BS were a brass band, this would be a symphony!

Scotter Brown and brother Durwood Whitefield enjoying the wedding reception.

The "Burkett Girls" with Hunter after the wedding, a long way from Moose Creek Lake, Alaska!

Dr. Robert A. Smith and wife Vida V. with Hunter and Kathy after the wedding.

David McClure and wife Linda with Hunter and Kathy after the wedding.

The Burkett Girls posing for an "After" picture in front of the Anchorage, Alaska Welcome sign.

The Burkett Girls unloading the Air Taxi at Moose Creek Lake to begin their week long adventure in the Alaskan Bush.

The Burkett Girls take a fly fishing break and pose for a snapshot along the shores of Moose Creek Lake Alaska - July 2004.

The Burkett Girls doing a little late evening game scouting from the roof of Moose Creek Lake Cabin.

The Burkett Girls posing for a photo in a patch of wildflowers near Moose Creek Lake. From left to right are Jane, Diana, Judith and Kathy Lavallee.


Jonathan Fisher Burkett arrived at 2:54 PM on Monday, May 19th, 2003. He weighed 8 pounds 5 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long. Both mother and son are home at White Deer and doing very well. Sibling input has it the Jonathan is the "Best" Baby that they have ever seen. And, of course, Grandmother Burkett says that he is by far the most beautiful of all babies ever born!


Here are a few choice "Jonathan" shots. Among other endearing attributes, he insists on being a Cowboy and keeps up the housekeeping at the ranch by doing the dishes several times a day!


Jonathan Fisher Burkett celebrating his third birthday with friends.

Master Michael Kimberly hangs on to Uncle Jonathan after Hunter's and Kathy's Wedding ceremony.

Jonathan taking a break between brother Hunter's Wedding Rehersal and Wedding in the Courtyard at the Antelope Lodge, Alpine, Texas.

...and St. Frances, you just have to wear a hat in the sun...Amen! - March 2005.

Master Jonathan working at "Blocks" - 19 May 2005

Aunt Dot giving Master Jonathan a "once over" - Summer 2003.

God Parents, Skip Trammell and Scooter Brown trying to control Master Jonathan during his christening at the Episcopal Church in Kerrville - Oct. 2004

Mr. Jonathan's first birthday party with nieces Sharon and Haiven (left) and Aunt Jane watches from afar.

Jonathan on his second birthday, with favorite sister and brother, Jane & Trapper. Mom, Dad, and Granny join in the fun.

Diana Burkett Kimberly, Emily, Michael and Maggie


Emily, Michael and Maggie are doing great, busy with school and school activities! Diana and friend Brack Dolce stay busy with their Deer Park Equestrian Center activities.

Diana Burkett Kimberly and family with Kathy, Hunter, and Brack Dolce after the wedding in Alpine, Texas.

    Joseph W. Burkett IV, Kimberly & Ashley


Joseph 1s back home from deployment in the East...from who knows where! Our prayers have been with you.


Joseph W. Burkett IV was awarded the esteemed and prestigious Soldiers Medal on 2 May 2004 in a ceremony at Camp Mabry, Austin, Texas.


Joseph W. Burkett IV receiving the Soldier' Medal

Soldiers Medal

Joseph in the Middle East on Easter Day 2003

Joseph and wife Kim are the parents to a new baby girl who arrived on December 9, 2004. Ashley Louise Burkett was born in Fredericksburg, Gillespie County, Texas on December 9, 2004 at 5:35 PM; Weight - 7 Pounds, 2 Ounces, 21" Long; Ashley Louise is an eighth generation descendent of Henry Burkett, Jr. and Polly Epley Burkett through Jacob Lorenza Burkett. Ashley Louise is the son of Kimberly Louise and Joseph W. Burkett IV of Austin, Texas. Joseph W. Burkett IV is the son of Joseph W. Burkett III, DVM of Fredericksburg, Texas.

Miss Ashley Louise Burkett - Easter in the Texas Hill Country Bluebonnets

Kim and Joseph with Hunter and Kathy at the wedding.

Congratulations to Kim on her 30th birthday! Niece, Miss Haiven Furbush and husband Joseph W. Burkett IV look on as Kim reads a card!

Miss Ashley Louise Burkett celebrating her 3 Month Birthday!

Miss Ashley Louise Burkett hammig it up for the camera of her admiring father for an Easter 2005 photo op!

Kim and Joseph with Joseph's paternal Grandmother, Pearl S. Burkett and, maternal Grandmother, Phyllis Keidel

Kim and Joseph pose for a wedding picture.

Jane Burkett Furbush, and Family


It is with an extremely heavy heart that we have to announce that beloved father and husband, Steve, passed away on August 14th, 2006, succumbing to cancer after a four battle.

"Stephen Moran Furbush

HUNT — Stephen Moran Furbush, 43, passed away at home on August 14, 2006, after a four-year battle with sarcoma cancer. Born in Houston, Texas, in 1963, he attended school in Houston and graduated from Memorial High School. He then earned a Bachelor of Arts and teacher certification from Schreiner College in Kerrville, Texas. Steve’s teaching career began with the Kerrville Independent School District and continued at the Hunt School, Hunt, Texas. He was a much loved and respected teacher and coach at the Hunt School until his death. Humble about his accomplishments and true to his passion and gift for teaching, Steve inspired and challenged his students to be better people. He was not only their teacher, but also their friend.

Steve married Jane Elizabeth Burkett at Haven River Inn in Comfort, Texas, on March 13, 1999. He was an awesome dad, husband, son, brother and friend. He was the best friend a person could wish for. His infectious smile and unending humor stayed with him until the end. He was loved by all who knew him and loved all those he knew.

He is survived by his wife, Jane Burkett Furbush; his daughters, Kristian Furbush, Sharon Cook-Furbush and Haiven Furbush; his parents, Bill and Weezie Furbush; his sister, Anne Curran and husband, Dan; his brother, Bill Furbush, and wife, Kadie; uncle, Mike Furbush, and wife, Lee; uncle, Bill Livingood; uncle, Larry Livingood; aunt, Susan Livingood; aunt, Elizabeth Cotton, and husband, John; grandmother-in-law, Pearl Burkett; father-in-law, Joe Burkett III, DVM, and wife, Courtney; sister-in-law, Diana Kimberly; brother-in-law, Joseph Burkett IV, and wife, Kim; sister-in-law, Judith Magee, and husband, Chris; brother-in-law, Hunter Burkett, and wife, Kathy; brother-in-law, Trapper Burkett; brother-in-law, Jonathon Burkett; nephews, Daniel Curran, Billy Furbush, Michael Kimberly and Hagan Magee; and nieces, Kailen Furbush, Melia Furbush, Emilie Kimberly, Margaret Ann Kimberly and Ashley Burkett; numerous cousins; loving friends and colleagues; and many adoring students.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to their family, friends, and the Hunt community for their love and support over the past four years.

A memorial service will be on Saturday, August 19, 2006, at 7 p.m. at Camp La Junta, Hunt, Texas. Please dress casually. A memorial fund in Steve’s name has been set up at Bank of the Hills, Kerrville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be forwarded to:

Steve Furbush Benefit Account

ATTN: Tellers

Bank of the Hills

P.O. Box 2002;

Kerrville, Texas 78028-2002

Phone (830) 895-2265


The family invites you to send condolences at by selecting the “Send Condolences” link.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.


Miss Sharon continue to lead the Hunt Eagles on the Volley Ball Court to wins against rival schools, soundly beating unbeaten Harper on September 25th, 2006. Go Girls!


Miss Sharon Cook has excelled in every possible way to garner nearly every award that the Hunt School bestows on their outstanding students. Sharon, your family is extremely proud!


Miss Kristian Furbush continues to mature and is doing quite well in all activities. She says that she is looking forward to her freshman year at Ingram High School!


Haiven is still running the house !


Kristian Furbush delivering a lethal serve against Utopia. Nice point Kristen!

Sharon Courtney Cook making another point against Utopia for the Hunt Eagles. Great serve Sharon!

Post game Hunt Eagle celebration. Hunt took Utopia with great serves from Kristian and Sharon!

The Furbush bunch with Hunter and Kathy after the wedding.

Miss Haiven Sinclair Furbush dressed for Uncle Hunter's wedding.

Jane and brother Trapper at the Crystal Bar in Alpine after the wedding rehersal. The party goes on!

Miss Haiven Furbush took time out to pose for "Opa's" camera in Granny's back yard - 13 May 2004.

Here is Sharon Courtney Cook "stepping out" during the recent Little Olimpics held in Kerrville, Texas. Sharon took 2 first and 1 second in the meet.

Kristian, Sharon & Jenny (their constant companion) decked out for the Hunt Middle School end of year school dance.

The whole "Burkett" bunch celebrating Christmas 2004 at Aunt Jane's house

Jane with her Giant Russian boar that had been marauding the neighborhood deer feeders. The giant porker weighed an estimated 350 pounds.

Mr. Steve Furbush with his monster White-tailed Deer taken in South Texas in January of 2005.

Judith Burkett Magee & Chris


Chris is enjoying his first year as assistant principal at Alvarado High School, in Alvarado, Texas.


Judith is teaching in the Alvarado, Texas school system and is looking forward to another rewarding school year.


Hagan Lake Magee is doing quite well and continues to run the Magee household.


The Magees with Hunter and Kathy at the wedding.

Mr. Hagan Lake Magee on his 2nd birthday.

The Magee family posing for a Christmas photo.

Mr. Hagan in the "Pumpkin Patch" at age 8 Months!

Joe Burkett III ("Opa") with his grandson Hagan Lake Magee at one day old.

Hagan Lake Magee with her first cousin Haiven Furbush. Saturday, March 1, 2003

Hunter L. Burkett & Kathy


Mr. Hunter L. Burkett is the Manager/Game Manager of La Fonda Ranch in Kinney County, Texas between Brackettville and Del Rio. This huge responsibility is welcomed by Hunter and has given him the opportunity to live his dream job!


Hunter L. Burkett and Katherine Renee Lavallee were married on July 30, 2005 at the First Baptist Church in Alpine, Texas. A very large time was had by all!

Mr. & Mrs. Hunter L. Burkett - July 30, 2005


"Marsha" Mrs. Vincent Lavalle (mother of the birde); Mrs. Katherine Burkett; Mr. Hunter L. Burkett; Mr. Vincent Lavalle (father of the bride).

Mr. and Mrs. Hunter L. Burkett

At the alter!

Dr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Burkett III

Parents of the Groom.

Kathy and Hunter with Grandmother Jill, Aunt Katrina, and Cousins Rachel and Colin.

Mrs. Hunter L. Burkett and proud father-in-law dancing at the wedding reception.

Hunter L. Burkett and fiancee, Kathy Lavalle, with Lilly, their favorite child! Kathy & Hunter plan to be married on July 30th, 2005 in Alpine, Texas.

Hunter L. Burkett (center) with his advisor, Dr. Will (left) and proud father, Joe Burkett III (right), after Hunter received his Master's degree.

Hunter is all smiles while posing with his big Axis Deer Buck taken on a Christmas outing with Trapper Burkett in 2004.

Hunter L. Burkett riding the range in Wyoming during a "Summer Vacation" in 2000.

bulletHunter received his Master of Science Degree at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas in December of 2004. He is currently the Wildlife Manager at La Fonda Ranch near Del Rio, Texas.

Trapper H. Burkett


Trapper  keeps busy with his trapping, hunting and other outdoor adventures.

Trapper H. Burkett was Hunter's Best Man at the wedding.

Trapper delivering the wedding address, and what a emotional address it was!

Trapper poses with is big Texas Hill Country White-tailed buck taken during the fall 2004 season.

Trapper H. Burkett scouting the Eastern Cape South African landscape for Bushbuck in 1999.

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