Jesse Newton "Red" Burditt Jr.

February 11, 1926November 5, 2012

Jesse “Red” Burditt (Jesse Newton Burditt, Jr.) died on November 5, 2012 at the age of 86. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Sunday, November 11, 2012, 3:00 – 5:00 P.M. at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan, Texas. Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. at Christ United Methodist Church in College Station, Texas with Reverend Rick Sitton and Dr. Morris House officiating. Interment services will follow at Bryan City Cemetery. Red was born in Dallas, Texas, on February 11, 1926. He was the second child born to Dr. Jesse Newton Burditt and Lanier Connolly Burditt. Red and his lifelong sweetheart, Elinor, met as children in Abilene, Texas. They would later marry on December 28th, 1947 after his return from World War II service as a radioman in the United States Navy. Perhaps his greatest pride and accomplishment was being a member of the famed “Kiddie Korps”, A&M’s young squad that successfully competed for A&M during the 1943 football campaign. After a 7-2-1 record, the team was invited to meet LSU in the Orange Bowl. He would later return to A&M to finish his degree and compete in additional football, baseball, and basketball seasons for the Aggies. He was inducted into the Texas A&M Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003 as one of only eight athletes to receive varsity letters in three sports. He was instrumental in the formation of the Texas A&M Letterman’s Association and also led the Kiddie Korps of 1943 to fund a scholarship endowment. He was a lifelong Methodist and a faithful member of Bryan First United Methodist Church for over 60 years. Red was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Dr. Tom Connolly Burditt of Abilene, Texas, and daughter-in-law Deborah Sue Robinson Burditt. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Elinor Frances Sivley Burditt of Bryan, and his two children: Jesse Newton Burditt, III, of Bryan; and Charles Bryan Burditt and his wife Pamela Diane Burditt of Conroe, Texas. He is also survived by 4 grandchildren: Kimberly Anne Burditt of Carlsbad, California; Bethlyn Burditt (husband Randall Mason) of Bethesda, Maryland; Bryan Collin Burditt (wife, Teri) of Cypress, Texas, Christenn Anne Burditt of Houston, Texas; 5 grandchildren: Cassandra Elizabeth Burditt Mason of Bethesda, Maryland, Jesse Connolly Burditt Mason of Bethesda, Maryland; Charles Braeden Burditt of Cypress, Texas, Madeleine Grace Burditt of Cypress, Texas, and Owen Brooks Burditt of Cypress, Texas. And the many nieces, nephews, cousins, and the many young men he coached, and always referred to as “his kids”, throughout his coaching career for the Hamlin Pied Pipers, Lockhart Lions, and Bryan Broncos. Red passed away at home in Bryan surrounded by his family. He will be remembered and missed by all who knew and loved him. He loved God first, his family and friends, Texas A&M University and the Bryan Vikings.


  • Funeral Service Monday, November 12, 2012
  • Visitation Sunday, November 11, 2012

Jesse Newton "Red" Burditt Jr.

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November 29, 2012

jess and charles,

visitation was great-red's attire, great pics of red and friends and family, his early days and his loving smile which i have up on my wall-it always got me. red taught me many things-most importantly how to make friends and nurture them for a lifetime. in my phone calls to him over the last 2 years, i always told him how proud he was my uncle.. whether it was his lockhart high football team reunion in lockhart,or players i met over the years, they all told me the same story-how coach burditt had such a positive impact on their lives. and he was always humble about those he touched. i am one lucky nephew who will always love him.

on your A team uncle red,


tom aka "bo" burditt

Dutch Ohlendorf

November 18, 2012

Red was responsible for me being in education. He offered me a job to come coach with him in Bryan in 1957 and I have been in education ever since.
I am so sorry about your loss.
Dutch Ohlenorf

Wes & Nelda Thompson

November 16, 2012

Jess -
We had a busy week and somehow missed checking the papers last week. We just found out about your dad. We are both so sorry to hear about Coach Red. I will always remember that sweet, happy smile and winning spirit that he carried with him everywhere he went. He always had something kind and encouraging to say and I will always remember him, even from High School, as one of my most favorite people. May God bless you and your family and bring you peace and comfort. God has a gem of an angel in Heaven now! Our love and prayers, Wes and Nelda Thompson

Larry English

November 12, 2012

Red was a true Texas Treasure....I have fond memories of him growing up in Bryan...We will miss him and his many stories and quotes... I still use many of them today...He was a great man and raised a great family..

November 12, 2012

During this time of sorrow may you be comforted by Gods promise that he is near to those that are broken at heart. And those crushed in spirit he saves. (Ps 34: 18) May the thought of seeing your loved one again bring you peace. Acts24:15

Sharon Harlan

November 12, 2012

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

November 12, 2012

Though a Tech graduate and a Longhorn lover, I considered this consumate Aggie among the best friends I ever had. I shall miss him greatly.
Jerry Reese,
Midland, Texas

Judi Henneke

November 12, 2012

To the Entire Burditt Family - Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of Mr. Burditt. I was truly saddened to hear of his passing. He was a wonderful person who always had a smile on his face and tried to brighten the day. He will truly be missed.

November 11, 2012

May God be with you and comfort you during this most difficult time. Coach Burditt was our football coach and history teacher while I was in high school~a great person! Thanks for the memories, Coach Burditt...GOD SPEED!
Kevon Rogers, Class of 1953

Leigh Burditt Daniels

November 11, 2012

The greatest Uncle a girl could ever have! Next to my parents,grandparents and brother, no one has loved me more my whole Life than Red. He was there to cheer, encourage and support me all my life. Taking way to many years to get my degree, my Uncle was there to celebrate my long over due accomplishment; he always went out of way to support those of us that struggled against difficult circumstances and revealed in our perservance,and triumphs however small they might have been. Since my Dad's passing eighteen years ago, he has gone even further out of his way to care for his brother's family, I have been deeply and wonderfully loved by a rare attentive soul. I will endeavor to pass the many life lessons he and his life has taught me. Uncle Red taught me that it was not important whether I won or lost but whether I did my best... to him that was what victory was all about. Red loved sports we all know, he was quite a runner in his day, and as I search the scriptures for comfort I can't help but remember the verse from 2 Timothy 4:7: "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful." With much love, respect and adoration your Niece Leigh.