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Corky Eckert
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • Posted April 5, 2014

John Carlton “Corky” Eckert was born November 14, 1927, in Mason, Texas. He passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014, as the result of a fall suffered while playing tennis.

His parents, Elgin E. Eckert and Rachel Lemburg Eckert, preceded him in death as well as his brother, John Byron Eckert. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1949. In November 1954 he married Audrey Jane Wiggins and they made their home in Mason, Texas for the following 59 years.

He loved being a part of his family’s world, his friends, life in the Texas Hill Country, tennis, and his involvement in the livestock industry. He especially enjoyed visiting with his marketing friends. He never considered what he did for a livelihood to be “work” so he saw no need to retire.

He is survived by his wife, Jane Eckert, son, J Carlton Eckert, Jr. and Darla Dixon of Ennis, Texas, daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Billy Yeary, of Lampasas, Texas, granddaughters, Caley Ann Yeary and Carey Allison Yeary as well as Jake and Zac Brown. Nieces and nephew Laurie Eckert Johnson, Sun City AZ, Pam Eckert Fish, Seattle, WA and Tom Eckert, Pocatello ID.

A Celebration of Life was held at the First United Methodist Church of Mason on Sunday, March 30th at 3 p.m. with visitation immediately following in the church social hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the charity of your choice or The Mason Tennis Association-Corky Eckert Project at PO Box 865, Mason, TX 76856.

Condolences may be sent to the family on-line at

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.

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