Max Kay Burkhead Sr., 82, died Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas.
He was born June 25, 1931, in Houston, son to Cliff and Myrtie Burkhead.
He was raised in Houston and was a 1949 graduate at Houston High School. He attended Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Okla.
He accepted Jesus Christ at an early age and was a member of the Pleasantview Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas.
For many years, he worked in the graphic arts industry. He was a salesman for the Samuel Bingham Co., Cottrell Printing Press, regional vice president with Anchor Chemical Company and later worked in sales for Megenthaler Linotype.
He served in the Air Force from 1951-’55 and taught aircraft maintenance. One of his favorite places was Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage, Alaska, with the 5039th Air Transportation Squadron –– “Top of the World Airlift.”
He loved southern gospel music. In the late 1950s, he sang tenor with Harmoniers Quartet, singing across the Ozarks. The quartet had a weekly radio program for many years on KBTC in Houston, appeared on KYTV in Springfield and sang on the Ozark Jubilee.
He was a member of the VFW Post 629 and 7048 in Fairmont, W.V., where he served as chaplain and junior vice-commander, and the Fairmont Flyers RC Model Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Erma Dean May; and his first wife, Virginia Alberta Burkhead.
Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Burkhead; a son, Dr. Max K. Burkhead II; a daughter, Lyric Ann Music; a stepdaughter, Dawn Hoskins; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial services are 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Pleasantview Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy McNeil and the Rev. Eddie Malphrus officiating.