|Death: ||Mar. 25, 2007|
Services for J. E. Airhart, Dawson County farmer and rancher, will be held at Lamesa Memorial Park at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28, with family visitation at Branon Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Airhart died peacefully in the early morning hours of March 25 at the age of 91.
J.E., born in Mitchell County in 1915, was the oldest of three sons of Velma and Elonzo Airhart. In 1924, they moved to the Knott community in rural Howard County where J.E. met and married Margie Pearl Burchell in December of 1934. Their first child, Jimmy, was born at Knott, and, shortly after, J.E. bought land in the Sparenburg community in southern Dawson County where he and Pearl farmed, ranched, and raised their six children.
J.E. served as Dawson County Commissioner of Precinct #1 from 1955 to 1985. During his 30 years in office, he served on commissions that approved the construction of Lamesa Medical Arts Hospital, Dawson County Library, the county livestock and fair barn, the airport and many roadway improvement projects. He was instrumental in the successful negotiation of right-of-ways for US Highway 87 north to OíDonnell and south to Ackerly. He also served on the Klondike Board of Education and as a deacon of the Sparenburg Baptist Church. He was widely-recognized throughout the area and state as a livestock trader who was fair in his dealings and could supply almost any animal needed from buffalo to roping calves and horses. One of his most famous clients was George Strait who bought ìa good horseî from him. J.E. often sold on credit and allowed many to pay him back from their first calf crop.
J. E. and Pearl celebrated 64 years together before her death. They were partners in every thing as he did the driving and she did the navigating. J.E. was preceded in death by Pearl, his parents, a brother, and one grandson. He is survived by one brother, Bobby, of Winters; six children and their spouses including Jimmy and Mary Airhart of Lamesa, Donald Airhart of Lubbock, Judy and Charlie Everts of Lamesa, Quinton and Sharon Airhart of the Klondike community, Glenda and Don Shortes of Ackerly, and Gayland and Donna Airhart of Lamesa; 16 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and a host of wonderful friends.
The family suggests memorials to any of J.E.ís favorite causes: the Dawson County Library, the Dal Paso Museum, or the Lamesa Senior Citizens Center.
Pearl Airhart (1917 - 1997)*
James Edward Airhart (1935 - 2016)*
Lamesa Memorial Park
Created by: Janice Williams Langley
Record added: Mar 26, 2007
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