George Baxter Laymance passed away Thursday, July 11, 2013, at his home in Graham. A funeral service was July 14 at the Cowboy Church Gatherin' south of Graham. A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, July 15, at the West Park Cemetery in Hereford. McMillan-Satterwhite Funeral Home in Graham is in charge of arrangements.

Baxter's life as captured by his real close and personal friend Carolyn Carson:

On July 2, 1937, there was a seismic shift in the universe when Baxter Laymance was born. 


A legend was born that will live forever in the hearts of his family, friends, cohorts, partners in crime, and assorted outlaws and vagabonds. His escapades were indeed legendary and he took fun to a new high. His skullduggery and good humor knew no bounds and he was a friend to all who came his way. Baxter touched lives from every walk of life and every place he and Fran ever called home. 

But as much as he loved people, his legendary status, and Waylon Jennings, his greatest loves were Frances, his wonderful wife of 52 years, and his two beautiful daughters, Lori and Stacy. Butterball, their treasured dog, was pretty high on his list, too! He adored his grandsons, Ryan and Robert, and gave them a grandfather unlike anyone else's to say the least. Our lives and world were made more fun and full by his larger-than-life personality, his antics, his laughter and his love. 

He was a gift and one that will be sorely missed, but the legend and impact of Big Tex lives on in our hearts and memories.