Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home

306 East Polk Street, Burnet, TX


Jim Haire

October 5, 1934September 9, 2020

James Lunsford “Jim” Haire was born in Bradley, Arkansas on October 5, 1934, and passed away at home on September 9, 2020 at 85 years old.

Jim’s early years were spent in Bradley where his mother Alva owned and operated several businesses. In 1943, Jim moved with his mother Alva and her employees to Ft. Worth, Texas where she lived above and operated the Minute Coffee Shop across from the Court House. Jim helped in the coffee shop and his backyard was downtown Ft Worth. Later they moved to the Oakhurst neighborhood and Jim graduated from Carter Riverside High School in 1952 where he ran track.

Jim always had a job of some kind, but found his niche as an air traffic controller, first in the Air Force, then Marines, and finally with the Federal Aviation Administration. At age 28, Jim was the youngest FAA front line supervisor at that time. Later, he was on duty in the Love Field control tower the afternoon President Kennedy was assassinated and flown back to Washington D.C. Jim and others in a task force earned a Presidential Award for a better way of managing air traffic flow, but the award ceremony at the White House was cancelled due to Watergate. His career was spent in Ft Worth, El Paso and finally in Albuquerque where he retired in 1997. In 2002, he and wife Brenda moved to their beloved home in Burnet, Texas.

Jim will be remembered for his humor, generosity, kindness, faith, stability and strength, especially during his illness. We know the best has begun for Jim, and we will see him again.

Jim was preceded in death by his mother Alva Haire, stepfather Grady Haire and his father Tom Lunsford. He is survived by wife of 28 years Brenda Haire, as well as children Scott Haire of Dallas, Jamie Haire of Tucson, Tim Stuteville and wife Connie of Burnet; and grandchildren Cooper Stuteville and Alexandria Haire. Friends are welcome to pay their respects to Jim Thursday and Friday September 10 and 11 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home. His family will gather at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park for interment.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Burnet First United Methodist Church, American Cancer Society, or your favorite charity or organization.

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7

Condolences and fond memories of Jim may be offered to www.clementswilcoxburnet.com

Arrangements entrusted to of Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet, Texas


  • Burnet First United Methodist Church
  • American Cancer Society



  • Open Viewing

    Thursday, September 10, 2020

  • Open Viewing

    Friday, September 11, 2020


  • Burial Lakeland Hills Memorial Park


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Brenda Haire

September 16, 2020

Thank you to those sharing comments and memories of Jim. It means a lot to us . He was a great husband, a steady rock of strength. funny with his boyish humor and silly puns, and easygoing, We miss him but smile at his memory.

James Howden

September 12, 2020

Jim and my paths crossed several times as we worked at various locations throughout the FAA region. He was one of the top talents in the air traffic control business. He approached every job with a great deal of effort an zeal. A fun guy to be around and good friend. Thanks to the family for sharing him with us.
Jim Howden

Dale Hillyer

September 12, 2020

I came to know Jim from our early days in the Oakhurst-Riverside Area in Ft. Worth. Years later we renewed our friendship as Air Traffic Controllers; he at Love Field and me at the FTW ARTCC. Jim was a warm, kind man with an infectious smile. My condolences go out to his many friends but especially to his family as they have lost a wonderful man. RIP my dear friend for we shall meet again.


September 12, 2020

I worked under Jim in Albuquerque for several years. He was a great person to work for. Had a lot of respect for him. Sorry to hear of his passing.

Gary & Kay Postlewait

September 11, 2020

Jim was an important mentor for me in my career with the FAA at Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center.
My wife and I had a great friendship with Jim and Brenda. Our hearts go out to Brenda for this loss. We feel the pain of losing this good man and he will be forever in our memories. God Bless
Gary and Kay Postlewait

James Morgan

September 11, 2020

I was fortunate to have worked with this gentleman at Albuquerque ARTCC. A warm and good humored man who always took the time and patience for my problems. The world is a little sadder place without him. God bless.

Ron Flatt

September 11, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Jim while an Air Traffic Controller at Albuquerque TRACON. He was well Known and Respected to be an Honest and Trustworthy man. My sympathy goes out to his Family and Friends during this time of mourning. You finished "The Race" well Jim Haire.

Debbie Kizer

September 10, 2020

What a great next door neighbor!
When we first moved in next door, Jim gladly kept an eye on our house and even came inside to flush the toilets once a week while we were gone in our motorhome for 3 months. Such a great guy.
You will be missed, sweet man and dear neighbor.
Debbie and Gib Kizer

Jamie Haire

September 10, 2020

I will always remember my Dad’s wonderfully silly sense of humor. I got my sense of humor from him. We always laughed at the same things & I could always make him smile. Except Dad Jokes. Dad loved those. I thought they were funny because he laughed!



      Jim Haire was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, Jim will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      Simply stated, Jim was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Jim leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Jim Haire.

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