Robert Houston Burt, Sr., age 75, of Estill Springs passed away Friday, November 16, 2012, at St. Thomas Hospital, Nashville, Tenn. following surgery.
Mr. Burt was born in Tullahoma, Tenn. to the late Henry Houston and Mary Alice Buchanan Burt. He graduated from Tullahoma High School in 1955, then he went to work for AERO at Arnold Engineering Development Center. He married Earline Waggener Burt in 1956. After working for two years he left AEDC to attend Tennessee Tech University, graduating in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then went to work at AERO as a full-time engineer. He worked at AEDC for 40 years working for AERO, Calspan, then Micro Craft. He worked on projects such as the Apollo and Space Shuttle projects. He ran in 1980 for membership on the Board of Directors at then AEDC Federal Credit Union, now Ascend Federal Credit Union. He remained an active member of the Board at the time of his death. He was appointed chairman of the Tennessee Credit Union league. Mr. Burt was a member of First Baptist Church in Tullahoma, Tenn. where he was a Deacon serving as one of the senior members of the board. Mr. Burt was also a private pilot and owned his own airplane.
He is survived by his wife, Earline Waggener Burt, of Estill Springs, three children, Debra (Joe) Varner of Bowling Green, Ky., Bob, Burt, Jr., and Greg (Thesa) Burt all of Tullahoma. Five grandchildren, Katelyn Varner, Houston Burt, Logan Burt ,Hayley Burt, and Gage Burt. Other survivors include his half-sisters Kathy Escue and Betty Jane Winton.
Visitation will be held from 4:00-9:00 P.M. Sunday evening November 18th at Tullahoma First Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, November 19th at Tullahoma First Baptist Church with Dr. Herb Hester officiating.
Internment will follow in Turkey Creek United Methodist Church cemetery in Moore County, Tenn.
Grant Funeral Services in charge of arrangements.