Donald T Burrows passed away Thursday June 15, 2017. Don was a father, husband, grandfather, great grandfather, great-great grandfather, banker, community leader, mentor and friend to many. He was born in Nacogdoches, Texas on May 29, 1937. He was proud to be a 5th generation Texan.
He attended Nacogdoches schools, Kilgore College and is a graduate of the School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University.
Don spent most of his professional career as a banker on Galveston Island. He began his career as a collector for GMAC then became a loan officer at Moody National Bank before moving to First Hutchings Sealy National Bank as a Vice President and loan officer. He finished his Galveston career as Chairman of the Board and CEO of American Bank. While in Galveston he was a member of the Optimist Club, Lions Club, Galveston Planning Commission, Galveston Historical Commission, board of trustees at O’Connell High School and he and Jo Ann served as Captains of the Treasure Ball. He also was proud of the fact that he gave many of the young people of Galveston their first job and also taught them the values of good credit, making many of them their very first loans. For many years he came in to O’Connell Junior High School and gave students a brief lesson on “Money & Banking”.
After his children completed their high school educations he moved back to East Texas to the family farm. He became President and CEO of First State Bank in Timpson where he completed his banking career. He served as a member of the Timpson City Council, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, volunteered at the annual Frontiers Day Festival and loved his community and the people in it. He was also personally active in restoring many of the old buildings on the Timpson Town Square.
Donald T Burrows is survived by his loving wife Beverly Jean Burrows; son, Don Burrows, Jr and wife Kim; daughters, Cindy Burrows Cappa and husband Mike, Terri Burrows Martin and husband John; grandchildren, Amber Janak Black and husband David, Dustin Janak and wife Amber, Ryan Janak, Hannah Janak, Nathan Janak, Heather Gray, Brittany Dupree and husband Jason, Kaela Hudman, Donald T Burrows, lll and wife Sarah and Payton Rae Burrows; two nieces, Jana Burrows and Kay Burrows; 12 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandson. Don loved his family above all else and was thrilled when they would all come together for celebrations. He was the provider, protector and patriarch of his growing family.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Jo Ann Burrows; parents, the late Judge Carl S. Burrows and Agnes Lowery Burrows; brothers Carl S. Burrows, Jr. and Erwin Earl “Bubba” Burrows.
Pallbearers are Donald T. Burrows, III, Dustin Janak, Ryan Janak, Nathan Janak, David Black and Bayley Black.
Honorary Pallbearers are Jerry Wood, Kenneth Prince, Doug Connelly, Mike Cappa, and John Martin.
The Burrows family would like to thank all of his caregivers. Especially his beloved wife Beverly Burrows who was always by his side during these last few months, Brittany Dupree, Heather Gray, Shauna Windham Sanford, the medical team at UTMB’s Jennie Sealy Hospital in Galveston and the caring and compassionate nurses Peggy, Rebel and Maureen At Methodist St John’s in Clear Lake.
Services will be held Friday June 23rd at Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson, Texas with family visitation beginning at 1pm and a funeral service At 2pm officiated by the Rev. Doc Lazarine. Burial will follow at the Weaver Cemetery.
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