|Birth: ||May 24, 1923|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Jun. 13, 2008|
May 13--Burley L. Bullock, a former executive at Zales Jewelers who later founded Bullock Estate and Diamonds in Houston and Corpus Christi, has died after a fight with cancer. He was 84.
Bullock also founded the International Watch & Jewelry Guild, which today has more than 5,000 members worldwide who buy, sell and trade timepieces, estate jewelry and diamonds.
"He was an entrepreneur," said his wife, Olga Cortez Bullock. "He was unbelievable. He could see the future very well before people would even think of certain things."
Bullock, who died Saturday, was remembered Monday by family, friends and business associates as a devoted family man who is credited for establishing the market for the resale of fine watches.
"He started something that no one even thought about years ago when he started developing these watch shows for different dealers and collectors to buy and sell watches," said Harold Reese, owner of Harold Reese Jewelry.
Olga Bullock said she and her husband started the IWJG "out of a briefcase." There are members in 52 countries.
Gene Wall, president of an advertising agency that handles the Bullock account, said Bullock had personal contact with his customers, including those who were selling jewelry that belonged to a deceased relative.
"Mr. Bullock always took them into a closed, secured room and treated them with respect. It wasn't like going to a pawnshop," said Wall, who called Bullock a second father.
One of Bullock's sons, James R. Bullock, said he and his siblings are in the jewelry business, some of them working for his father's company.
"He was the type of gentleman who wanted the most and expected the best from all of us," he said.
James Bullock, who specializes in buying watches for the family's business, said his father started out as a salesman for Zales in 1940 and worked his way up to executive senior vice president by the time he left in 1972. At that time, he opened his own business.
Burley Bullock was born May 24, 1923, in Rocky Mount, N.C. He served in the Army during World War II.
He also is survived by another son, Mickey Bullock; daughters, Jana Lynn Jackson and her husband, Danny; and Christina LeDoux and her husband, Charlie.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at Forest Park Westheimer, 12800 Westheimer. Funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Forest Park chapel, followed by interment in the memorial Mission Mausoleum in the funeral home's cemetery.
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