Billy Eugene BURT

M, b. 24 August 1934, d. 18 November 1984
Uncle of John Kennedy BROWN Jr.
     Billy Eugene BURT was born on 24 August 1934 in Cedar Grove, Bibb County, Alabama, son of Irby Leon BURT and Birdie Clyde WATTS.1
     Billy saw military service between 1954 and 1957 when he served as a first sergeant in the U. S. Army. He entered the Army in February 1954 and completed basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He was a squad leader in Company A of the 71st Infantry Division's 53d Regiment at Fort Richardson, Alaska. For two years he was stationed in Alaska where he became a cross-country skier. He and three other men were members of the 53rd Infantry Regiment's championship ski team.1,2
     Billy had graduated West Blocton High School before joining the Army. After his discharge he attended the University of Alabama in 1957 and Shelton State Technical School where he studied to be an electrician.1,3
     Billy Eugene BURT appeared in a newspaper article 31 July 1958 in the The Centreville Press, published in Centreville, Alabama. Tibbs-Burt Wedding Planned for August 15th -- Mr. and Glenn L. Tibbs of Woodstock, announce the engagement of their daughter, Anita LaRue, to Billy E. Burt, son of Mr. and Mrs. I. L. Burt of West Blocton.
     The wedding will be in the Woodstock Methodist Church on Friday, August 15th, at 8 P. M. The Rev. Amos Murphree of Birmingham will officiate.
     Miss Marilyn Tibbs, cousin of the bride-elect, will be her only attendant.
     Mr. Vincent Burt will serve his brother as best man.
     Ushers will be Mr. Steve Davis and Mr. Edward Philpot of West Blocton. Linda Nelson, niece of the bride-elect, and Jane Dale, niece of the groom, will light the candles.
     After a wedding trip, the couple will be at home in West Blocton.
     Billy married Anita LaRue TIBBS, daughter of Glennie Lane TIBBS and Willie Jewel Reynolds, on 15 August 1958 at the Methodist Church in Woodstock, Bibb County, Alabama. They had met in the church choir.1,4
     Billy was a farmer and electrician. Billy worked for many years as an electrician for his father, I. L. Burt, and his brothers in the lumber business in West Blocton. In December 1969 he and LaRue purchased a 675 acre farm on the Little Cahaba RIver near Six Mile and he became a full-time farmer. They raised soybeans, wheat, and grain sorghum along with several acres of timberland. In May 1972 they moved from Woodstock to their new house on the farm.5
     Billy Eugene BURT died on 18 November 1984 in Brierfield, Bibb County, Alabama, at age 50. Bill, while helping in the search for two little lost girls, was murdered by a person he did not know. Someone had slain Bill's dog and when he caled the sheriff to investigate, someone approached his car and shot him through the car window.6,5 He was buried in Community Baptist Church Cemetery.
Last Edited=25 Mar 2020

Children of Billy Eugene BURT and Anita LaRue TIBBS


  1. [S197] Bibb County Heritage Book Committee, Heritage of Bibb County, family information by LaRue Burt, pg. 78-79.
  2. [S279] Centreville Press, Cpl. Billy E. Burt is in Alaska, 23 Feb 1958, pg. 13.
  3. [S933] The University of Alabama National Alumni Association, University of Alabama Alumni Directory, pg. 87.
  4. [S271] Bibb County Marriages: Book 7, pg. 336.
  5. [S197] Bibb County Heritage Book Committee, Heritage of Bibb County, pg. 79.
  6. [S11] , Tombstone Inscription, Author's Personal Collection, Prattville, Alabama.

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