William Eugene Burford
Burford, William Eugene William Eugene Burford was born May 16, 1936 to Rosa Mae & Emmett Burford in Lubbock, Texas. He attended Texas Tech University. Bill has been President and owner of Texas Art Gallery for over forty years. He conducted auction sales specializing in Western and European art, antiques, silver and rare wines for over 30 years. He also held a Texas Auctioneer License. Through the years, he has conducted auctions for numerous charities including Art About Town, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Houston Grand Opera, Notre Dame School, The National Kidney Foundation of Texas, Northwood University, Texas Tech University and the Wesley Rankin Community Center. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of Methodist Health System Foundation & Committee of Trustees for Highland Park United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Patricia K. Burford; daughter, Sherrie Schork & husband Alan & their children, Erin Bridges & husband Lee & Sara Schork; stepchildren Debbie Leeuw, Vicki Leeuw, Jim Leeuw & wife Sheri & their children, Tyler, Taylor, Jordyn, Blake, Hunter, Patrick & Ella. He was preceded in death by one grandson, Chad Leeuw. Memorial services will be held at Highland Park United Methodist Church in the main sanctuary, Monday, February 23, 2009 at 10 am with Rev. Bill Smith officiating. A reception will follow the service at Texas Art Gallery, 5570 West Lovers Lane, Inwood Village Suite #396. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Texas Tech University Scholarship Fund, Methodist Health System Foundation or Highland Park United Methodist Church.
Published by Dallas Morning News from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22, 2009.
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It was a pleasant experience introducing Bill Burford to the art world & the inception of Texas Art Gallery in the Adolphus Hotel both, showing & selling along with Fred Harmon (creator of Red Ryder & Little Beaver).
Louis Comer
January 15, 2013
It was a great pleasure for me to introduce Bill to the art world. A pleasant association right from the start, including Fred Harmon, (creator of Red Ryder and Little Beaver).
Louis Comer, artist & sculptor
Western Art
Universal Art
Louis Comer
January 15, 2013
I have a numbered print from the gallery and to this day I enjoy it very much I just wish I could have met Bill before his passing maybe he could have told me more about it's history. To all his family and friends, God Bless, and may his memory shine bright with smiles.
Chad Regalado
November 28, 2012
Robert Pummill
November 28, 2012
My family joins me in offering our sincere sympathy to you upon the loss of Bill Burford.
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Dear Sherrie, Family, Friends- I just learned of Bill's passing and saddened me tremendously. Having been on staff as Bill's picture framer in the early years I had a unique view on how Bill raised western art to prominence. Bill taught me and others how very important western art is to Texas and America and for that we should all be grateful for his legacy. I will never forget him chomping on his cigar and all the road trips we made all over Texas. Happy trails to you Bill and may all the art in heaven be Cowboys.
Phil Kennedy
April 23, 2010
Mr. Burford must have been a very kind gentleman. We certainally have established that Bill had been indeed, very talented. Our condolensces are with you Debbie. Thank you for sharing a piece of your world with us. Sincerely; Artemis & Jack [email protected]
artemis provost & jack jensen jensen
January 22, 2010
A grand gentleman has left our presence. When I first met Bill he invited me into his office as a friend, not a customer. Reminded me of my Dad. Miss you pal, Matt
Matt Garratt
January 15, 2010
People and all aspects of life come and go.....but legends live on forever. God Bless.
Doc Kristen
December 14, 2009
Bill was as big as life and I will miss our visits.
November 29, 2009
Hello Pat we are so saddened by the passing of Bill and understandably you closing the Gallery , I was glad to have been one of you artists and will miss you and the association with Texas art gallery. and those wonderful bags of pecans that would arrive every Christmas . They would last all year!!! And we would think of you munching on themPat we will hold you in our prayers in these difficult times of adjustment. I do hope you and Debbie will stay in touch and when you are in Santa Fe we will have a chance to get together. Greetings
Evelyne boren
November 14, 2009
November 06, 2009

When we came to the States 13 years ago, we met Bill one Saterday afternoon in his gallery. We started talking and later discovered our mutual love for Christ. He promptly invited us to an Easter Sunday morning service which we attended the next day. My wife, Cilicie, and I will cherish that Easter service as one of our memories of Bill. He loved Christ and we have the assurance to know where Bill is today! His kindness towards us will always be remembered.
Francois & Cilicie Koch
November 6, 2009
Bill was a wonderful friend and a truly great guy who loved his alma mater. He will be sorely missed by not only those in the art world but by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.
Joe French
November 5, 2009
I was saddened to learn today of Bill's passing. Almost 20 years ago, he helped start me on a journey towards love of western art.
While sometimes years would go by without my talking to Bill, he always made me feel that he was happy to hear from me.
Pat, I am sorry for your loss of a wonderful partner.
Debbie, thank you for making this website available. Obviously, Bill touched the lives of many people.
Ballard Smith
October 31, 2009
Robert De Leon,...I will miss you Bill, now that football season is here. I loved talking to you about TT football, and givning you a hard time about who was going to win...Thank you for being part of my life, and for letting me be part of yours...
Your friend "down here"...

September 22, 2009
Daily I am amazed at how many lives Bill touched. I am also very thankful for all the love, support, encouragement and knowledge that this wonderful man passed on to me through the years. Bill's guidance and confidence have changed my life in so many ways. I am who I am today and where I am in a large part due to the influence of my step-dad Bill Burford. We love and miss you Bill ~ from Debbie & Nicky.
Debbie Leeuw
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Misss you grandpa bill!
Jordyn Leeuw
September 3, 2009
Debbie, Pat, et.al.

Carolyn & I are stunned to learn of Bill's passing. He was one of those larger than life people who seemed to immediately endear himself to everyone he met. Being from Waco, I suppose two things I recall best are the first time we met and our relating that we knew Roy & Virginia Cashion. That common acquaintance was good enough “bona fides” for him. The other was that our being Baylor grads, and with the “Bears” recently going through a dry spell, he was always more than gracious when we’d visit and mention an upcoming Baylor - Tech match up. Please know that our prayers are with you all. Bill leaves a void that will not be soon filled. Grace & Peace.

Chet Scheel
Chet Scheel
April 23, 2009
I am very sad to hear the news of Bill's death. I had the pleasure of spending a full day with him a few years back on a painting hunt. He was such a gentleman and a joy to spend the day with. I will never forget how easy he was to be with. He had a zest for life and a laugh to match it. My most sincere condolences to his family and the entire staff of Texas Art Gallery. He was a fine man and a shining example of a gentleman.
Noelle DeSantis
April 21, 2009

We were just informed of Bill's sudden passing. It was quite a shock. Bill was one of the finest gentlemen I have met in my 30 years plus as an art dealer. He cannot be replaced.

We looked forward to every visit. I will miss his great voice. We loved him.

Howard Godel
Godel & co. NYC
April 20, 2009
At the first show of Bill's I attended fifteen years ago I lost my billfold and Bill loaned me $200 to get home. He had just met me and really didn't know me from Adam. This shows the kind of man he was. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Tuffy Holland
willis holland
March 12, 2009
Debbie & Pat:

Both Lori and I want you to know how much encouragement Bill gave us over the years. I always valued his knowledge of the art community, his passion for what he did and his unending support. He is irreplaceable, but right now is looking down on us and smiling the whole time. God speed Bill! You did well.
Tom & Lori Tierney
March 5, 2009
Dear Pat and Debbie,
Joe and I are so sorry that we did not know about your loss until today. I will always remember meeting Bill for the first time, and I will always be grateful for his giving me a chance that day so long ago. We became great friends in the beginning and maintained that friendship through the years. He was truly one of a kind, and we will miss this "bigger than life" guy. With sincere sympathy and love,
Loretta Taylor
Loretta Taylor
February 27, 2009
Dear Pat and Debbie and all the staff at Texas Art Gallery, I was so sorry to hear of Bill's passing, what a great loss. It won't be the same without him. My heart goes out to you all. Milbie
Milbie Benge
February 26, 2009
Dear Sherrie and Family, I will always remember your Dad as one of the key people in my growth and the shaping of my life and career. He was an inspiration and taught me some of the most important lessons of my early life. Sherrie, you and your parents meant a great deal to me and I'm very sorry that he is gone and that I did not have the opportunity to see him more often or to attend his funeral. I will never forget him and I thank the Lord for the time I had to know him.
Michael Page
February 24, 2009
We are really saddened by Bill's death - he had been a good friend for many years and we send our true sympathies. Somehow our business will not be the same without Bill; he was always a dynamic spark and he will be greatly missed. We regret we weren't able to attend the services yesterday, but please know you've been in our thoughts. He will be greatly missed by so many. With sympaathy, Tony & Brenda Eubanks
tony eubanks
February 24, 2009
Dear Pat and Debbie,
My heart goes out to you both, I can't imagine what life will be like without Bill, as he was bigger than life. I'll never forget his encouragement to me when I suffered a heart attack.
It was always a delight to see you all together at the Cowboy Artists or the Autry Museum or the Cowboy Hall of Fame, it was like seeing family.
He will be missed, there's no one else like him!
Shari Morrison
February 24, 2009
Grandpa Bill, was the nicest most kind grandpa you could have!A great memory i have or should i say my most recent one with him would be Christmas, him & grandma Pat were sitting on our couch in the living room. I just remember giving him a big hug and thanking him for my Christmas present. And also When he was cutting the turkey in the kitchen and he didnt have a apron, and the turkey juice splattered all over him, and he didnt really care grandma pat cared more and he just kept cutting that Turkey and laughed everytime it splattered! i will always miss him forever and ever! My Christmases will never be the same but we will always have him in out heart! i loved him with all my heart and will never forget his great laugh, and how i could always here him chomping down on ice& telling great stories! i will always miss him and love him with all of my heart!
Jordyn Leeuw
February 23, 2009
Bill was a good buddy and friend at Lubbock High School. I remember Bill having great success with his Jersey cows (and trouble trying to keep his fancy Jersey bull confined INSIDE the fence). I painted a sign with pictures of his Jerseys for Bill to use when he exhibited. Not great art, but Bill was generous and paid me $25 (good pay for 1953). I hate that I never tried to get in touch with Bill in later years -- We always think there is plenty of time. Bill was always a great guy and I am not supprised that he did so much with his life and ment so much to so many people. My symphthy and prayers go out to his family.
Martha X, Schickram Sheppard
February 23, 2009
Bill and Pat were always extremely kind to us, and I still remember the table we shared at the NAWA show in 1991 at the Cowboy Hall. In many ways he was bigger then life. Bill was right in the middle of some of the greatest events in the western art world. He always had time to visit with us. He will be missed! Pat during this time of sorrow you are in our hearts and in our prayers.
Bill & Maggie Rey
February 23, 2009
Dear Sherry, I gained such an education under Bill's leadership. I remember him on the loud speaker saying "The frameshop is not the rec room! Everybody out!" Fond memories of big adventure. Pennie Childre
Pennie Childre
February 23, 2009
We're praying for you and your family.
Kevin Husk
February 23, 2009
Bill Burford impacted our lives in the 1970's when we met him at the Cowboy Artists of America show in Phoenix. I can still remember the first time I heard his booming voice from across the room. He was a personality and a presence in the Western Art world that cannot be replaced. Bill was kind and fun to be with, and it was a sight to see and hear him at his famous Texas Art Galley Auction in Dallas, where he ruled the entire room. An icon has passed and the world is less because of his absense, but Heaven has added the best organizer ever!
Thanks, Bill for filling the art world with your magnificent presence for more than 40 years. We miss you.
Bill & Merry Nebeker
Bill & Merry Nebeker
February 23, 2009
Alan and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. It has been quite a journey for you both and I am hoping you can now find peace. It sounds as though he would have been a great person to know and love in the art world. I am so sorry I did not get to meet him.
Debbie Futrell
February 23, 2009
Dear Sherry & Family - We are so sorry about the passing of your father. It's too bad we did not personally know him. As he has passed thru the eternal gates of heaven, peace and blessings be with you, from our Heavenly Father. Ron & Jill
Ron & Jill Crompton
February 23, 2009
Sherrie, was so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing but knowing that he is at peace and no longer ill and suffering, I know is a comfort to you. Please know your church family back in Louisville is keeping you and your family in their prayers.
kathy nugent
February 22, 2009
February 22, 2009
Sherrie, our thoughts and prayers are with all of your family. Knowing Bill was a treasure in our lives. When we look at the paintings on our walls, we will always think of him.
Jim & Gayle Strange
February 22, 2009
Sherrie and Family,
We were so sorry to hear about your loss. Know that all of you are in our prayers and we are sorry that we can not be there for you. If there is anything we can do, please give us a call. May God bless all of you and give you peace.
Brian, Nancy, Katharine and Taylor Shafferman
February 22, 2009
Kay and I express our condolences to the family. Bill was a kind, thoughtful and incredibly honest man. He was a man of character. His sense of humor and big laugh will always be remembered.

The art world has lost a leader. He gave much more to that industry than he ever took - he is irreplacable.

Pete and Kay De Leeuw
Peter De Leeuw
February 22, 2009
When I first came to Dallas some 20 years ago, I first set eyes of Willaim E. Burford. I had listened to many great dealers from Europe speak of this Texas Art Dealer, and now I was face to face, He showed me nothing but kindness and was, and still remains, an insperational man.

Not only will I miss him.... the Western Art world has lost a true pioneer and a founding son.. As you say in Texas ''Yee Harr" Bill Thanks and God Bless!
Alan Barnes
February 22, 2009
Dear Sherrie and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss and very sorry that we cannot be there with you. Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers. God bless you and comfort you as you grieve. Love, Cammie and Alvin
Cammie Cox
February 21, 2009
Bill was a legand and an icon in the art community. He was a great mentor and friend to me. Pat, our prayers and thoughts are with you and we will miss him very much.
Chris & Heidi McLarry
February 21, 2009
Bill was a "great" guy. As another art dealer, I loved to "negotiate"with him
He will be missed. I personally will greatly miss him as a dealer and as a dear friend.
Nelda Lee
February 21, 2009
Pat- As you know Tony & I love you and Bill. We have had great fun together. We know Bill is in a better place. God Bless you and the family.

John & Tony Kemendo
John Kemendo
February 21, 2009
Mary and I will miss visiting him at the Gallery.. Everyone was always welcome to look and visit and share Bill's wonderful stories. Dallas has lost a gracious gentelman and the art community has lost a giant.
Henry Beckman
February 21, 2009
Bill was a year behind me at Lubbock High School and he was a friend of mine. His mother taught a lot of us at LHS; but we didn't hold that against him (she was one of the really good ones). Bill was a great guy and a great advocate for artists. He will be missed.
Jay Bannister
February 21, 2009
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