James Roscoe Burnett a lifetime resident of Cochise County, passed away on Sunday, March 31, 2013 at age 94. He was born on September 20, 1918 in Ray, Arizona and was raised in the Sulphur Springs Valley. Jim attended the University of Arizona, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in agriculture in 1941. He served in the Army during World War II as a Staff Sergeant in the 901st Engineer Company, where he was stationed in England and France. On August 28, 1948 he married Alice Hertha Lamparter of Phoenix, Arizona. They resided in Buckeye for a few years before returning to the family ranch north of Elfrida. Active members of the Elfrida community, Jim and Alice raised their three children while Jim and his brothers operated the family farm and ranch under the name R.F. Burnett and Sons, Grasslands Ranch, raising registered Hereford cattle and field crops. He later retired from farming had a successful career in real estate. He and business partner Rosalie Butler owned Bisbee Realty from 1980 to 1992. Jim was a man of varied interests. His dry sense of humor never flagged, and he was apt to burst into song at the slightest provocation. During the 1970's he wrote a weekly column for the Bisbee Observer called The Barnyard Philosopher. He also self-published two books: High Lonesome and Bisbee High Grade. He is survived by his wife, Alice; children, Susan Husband, Beverly Woods (Kyle), Charles Burnett (Denise) and grandchildren, Sean Husband, Kathryn Woods and Bonnie Woods. Services are entrusted to WESTLAWN CHAPEL OF WILCOX. Graveside Services at the Pearce Cemetery, will be Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. An informal gathering of friends will follow at the Sunsites Community Center, 1216 E. Treasure Road in Sunsites. A Memorial reception will also be held in Bisbee on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 2:00 p.m., at the Turquoise Valley Country Club, 1794 W. Newell Street, Naco, Arizona.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Apr. 8, 2013