Lee O. Burgess, 73 of Granbury passed from this life on April 7, 2009 in his home. Services were at 2 p.m. April 9, from Wiley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was in Holly Hills Memorial Park.

Mr. Burgess was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. Born in Orange on March 15, 1936, to Marion Lee Burgess and Jessie Daisy Lott Burgess, he was raised in Orange and had two brothers and two sisters. In 1956, Lee married Ann Comer in Orange and had three children. Lee worked for 10 years at Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. in Orange after attending Texas A&M. He then moved to Los Angeles, and began a career in the airline industry. He was captain for Western Airlines from 1966-86 and a captain for Delta Airlines for 10 more years. He enjoyed boating, water-skiing, traveling and flying remote-controlled airplanes.

 Survivors include his wife, Ann Burgess; children, Rhonda Wilcox and husband Raymond, Michael Burgess and wife Pam, John Burgess and wife Kim; grandchildren, Roger Wilcox and wife Sarah, Ann Wilcox, Karl Wilcox, Kristina Burgess and Michael Burgess Jr.; great-grandchildren, Jane Wilcox and Ethan Wilcox; and sister, Shirley Taunton.

Memorials may be made to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4461, Houston, 77210-4461 for esophageal cancer; or to Mission Hospice.