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William Brent
Burney, age 35, died on March 29, 2012 in Austin, Texas. Brent was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Kathryn Sellers Burney. He is survived by his father, William M. Burney III, sister Brooke Burney Zarr, brother-in-law Jeff Zarr, brother Mark Burney, sister-in-law Kristen Bednarz Burney, brother Mike Burney, grandparents Gege and Pops Burney, and Lovie Sellers Montgomery. He was such a proud uncle of his nieces and nephew Riley, Jake, and Annie Zarr. Brent's special girlfriend was Maddie Phillips, who was the sunshine in his life to the very end.
Brent's family and many friends will remember him for his love of sports and loyalty to Texas Tech University and Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, where he held numerous leadership positions. At Houston's Memorial High School, Brent enthusiastically played all team sports and was a 3-year letterman on the baseball team. He loved the outdoors, particularly in South Texas and at the family farm in Hearne, where he hunted birds and deer and enjoyed fishing for bass.
Above all else, Brent had a good and caring heart. Throughout his childhood in Houston and Austin, he was admired as a mentor and "big brother" by his siblings and younger friends. While at Texas Tech, he was an active and zealous member of SAE and will be remembered for bolstering the chapter's morale when tragedy struck a member or member's family. Like his mom, Kathy, Brent was known as a stellar performer on the dance floor; Kathy often affirmed Brent as the family's natural dance talent, and today the two of them are certainly cutting a rug together in heaven.
A memorial service celebrating Brent's life will be held on Monday, April 2nd at 2:00 PM at Chapelwood United Methodist Church, 11140 Greenbay Street, Houston, Texas 77024, with Dr. Jim Jackson presiding. Serving as honorary pallbearers are Hardie Bolton, Billy Murphy, Jamie Galati, Jamie Jennings, Jamie Lee, Hill Adams, Mike Fuqua, Matt Fuqua, Cole Gahagan, Matt Van Wie, Fletcher Dunson, Clay Condrey, and Michael Autenreith.
In lieu of flowers or other customary remembrances, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Teen and Family Services, Chapelwood Methodist Church, 11140 Greenbay, Houston, TX 77024 or Corby's Castle, PO Box 79721, Houston, TX 77279.

Published in Houston Chronicle on Apr. 1, 2012
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