Burl Alfred Pillows

Funeral Services for Burl Alfred Pillows, 83, of Lake Brownwood, Texas, will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Heartland Funeral Home, with Bro. Rick Justice officiating. Interment will follow in the Cox Cemetery in McCulloch County. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home.

He passed away Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.

Burl was born on Nov. 9, 1927, in Trinity County, Texas, to John Thomas and Cleo Mae Long Pillows. He grew up in Groveton, Texas, and joined the Merchant Marines at a young age until World War II was over. He also served in the U.S. Army with the Fox Company, 40th Infantry Division during the Korean Conflict. On Aug. 18, 1962, he was married to Oleta (Gilbreath) Penn in San Angelo, Texas. During his working career, he worked in the oil field business. He co-owned and operated C.J. Penn Truck Service in Midkiff, Texas, with his wife. They moved to Lake Brownwood in 1985. Mr. Pillows was a past member of the Sprayberry Masonic Lodge No. 1365 in Midkiff and the Shriners.

Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Jeanette and Ronnie Cloude of Maud, Texas, and JoAnne and Robert McLean of Brownwood, Texas; four grandchildren, Danny Cloude, Renee Blisard, Craig Clements, Deborah Woodruff; eight great-grandchildren, Amber, Cara, Leslie, Mathew, Emily, Amy, Elise and Jacie; four great-great-grandchildren, Bryson, J.J., Braydon, Kaylee; two brothers, Clifford Pillows and wife Nancy Rose of Spring, Texas, and Gandy Pillows and wife Lee of Clear Lake, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his parents, his wife and two brothers, Earline Bell 'Pete' Pillows and Arnold Elvin Pillows.

Memorials may be made to the West Texas Boys Ranch at www.wtbr.org or to your favorite charity.

Friends are invited to sign the guest book at www.heartlandfuneralhome.net.