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TH 'Butch' Lackey


TH 'Butch' Lackey passed from this life on Saturday, Jan. 4. He was born on August 25, 1931 at Camp Verde to Benjamin Francis Lackey and Jonnie Lange Lackey.

Butch married Elizabeth "Betty" Beal Lackey on May 25, 1951 and the couple had six children. He lived on his place for over 70 years before moving to Center Point in 2001.

Always known for his work ethic, at 10, Butch built fences with his brother, Les. Later he worked with his brother, James, hauling hay. After buying his own truck, Butch started his own hay hauling business at 18, hauling hay for everyone in the Center Point area.

In 1953, Butch and his brother, Floyd, started the Lackey Bros. Feed Store, running it together for approximately 10 years. After leaving the business, Butch worked for himself hauling hay, raising cattle, farming and guiding hunts. An avid hunter, Butch loved the latter job.
Eventually, Butch and Tommy formed TH Lackey & Sons and were joined by Ronny and Larrel after they graduated from high school. Proud of his family, Butch enjoyed working with the boys. His daughters became being secretaries and bookkeepers for the business.

Butch was instrumental in forming the Camp Verde Cemetery Association.

In Center Point, he became a charter member of the Center Point Trinity Church and a 25-year member of the Lions Club. As a member of both the Center Point Historical Society and Alliance for Progress, he helped Center Point develop the Historical Community Park. He was also involved with other community projects.

After selling the Camp Verde home place in 2001, Butch and Betty purchased land adjacent to the Center Point Cemetery, donating four acres to the cemetery association. Butch became instrumental in adding flags and placing crosses at the gravesites of Texas Rangers buried in the cemetery, one of whom was his maternal grandfather, Robert Lange.

In 2002, the Rising Star Masonic Lodge 429 of Center Point recognized Butch with the Community Builder Award.

For a number of years, he served as director of the Kerr County Stock Show and as swine superintendent. The Kerr County Show was dedicated to Butch in 1983 and 1984.

Additionally, he considered serving as Precinct 2 Kerr County Commission from 1991 to 1999 as one of his most rewarding accomplishments.

Butch is survived by his children, Tommy of Center Point; Terry Lockaby and her husband, Robert, of Kerrville; Ronny and his wife, Brenda, of Harper; Larrel; Katie Fiedler and her husband, James; and Glenda, all of Center Point; 31 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren, as well as by many other family members.

He was predeceased by his parents, six brothers, brothers-in-law and several nieces and nephews.

The family will miss Butch - their loving husband, father and grandfather.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Grimes Funeral Chapels, with Mike Herrington officiating. Interment followed at Camp Verde Cemetery.

Memorials honoring Butch Lackey may be made to a charity of choice.

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Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.