THE BLAINE CO. JOURNAL, NEWS-OPINION                                               Wednesday, February 14, 2001

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BURTON FITZSIMMONS, SR.

  Burton M. (Brownie) Fitzsimmons, Sr., 72, went to be with the load on Wednesday, February 7, 2001, following a brief bout with cancer. Fitz died at his home in Lytle, Texas, surrounded by family, just as he wished. Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 10, in the Trinity Baptist Church in Lytle, TX with interment following in the Lytle Community Cemetery.

  Born in Harlem on September 16, 1927, to George and Elizabeth Fitzsimmons, Brownie graduated from Harlem High School in 1945. Following graduation he joined the U. S. Air Force and received his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. It was there he met his future wife, Lee Johnston. After four years in the service he drove bus for the San Antonio Transit System for 13 years and retired as a driver for Kerrville Bus Co., in 1989 after 25 years. He served as a deacon at the Trinity Baptist Church where he was a active member and enjoyed working with the building and grounds committee and various other committees. Brownie enjoyed serving God by helping others in any way he could.

  Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Lee Fitzsimmons of Lytle; one son, Burton Jr. and his wife Marcia of San Antonio; three daughters, Judy Patrick and her husband Doug, Joyce Cawlfield all of San Antonio, and Donna McCluskey and husband Kenny of Lytle; 7 grandchildren; one great grandson; one brother, George Fitzsimmons and wife Meiko of Victoria, TX; two sisters, Betty Ann Gilbert and husband Ken of Chester and Mary Bewster of Wasilla, AK; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; plus a host of friends who all loved him dearly.

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