Burl was born February 13, 1931, in Abilene, TX, to Simuel and Beulah Stubbs. He was the last of 7 children born to them. He received his “Wings” and went to be with Jesus 10/20/2020.
Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, October 26, 2020, at Resthaven Cemetery in Lubbock, TX. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
He grew up in Abilene, TX, and graduated from Abilene High School in 1950. He played Football and was on the Boxing Team while attending High School.
After graduation, he joined the United States Air Force and served four years of active duty. He was honorably discharged.
While in the Air Force, he married Patricia Bruton in 1952. They would have had their 68th Anniversary the month following his death. They loved each other for many years, and were devoted to each other.
While stationed in Greenville, Mississippi, Burl was baptized at the Church of Christ there. He was 23 years old. He was a Member of the Colonies Church of Christ in Amarillo, TX.
After being discharged from the Air Force in 1955, Burl again went to work for the Air Force as a Civil Service Aircraft Maintenance at Reese AFB, Texas – located in Lubbock at that point in time. He worked there until 1974 at which time he was Foreman of the J-85 Engine Shop.
He then purchased a Ranch north of Alanreed, Texas in 1974. It was the old Bruce Nursery and the house was built out of petrified stone with a crystal quartz den. He had always wanted to raise cattle; even though none of his family had done that before. While ranching, he continued to work for the Government in the Clarendon Post Office and Soil Conservation. When he retired from that, he worked for the Lefors ISD for 10 years and retired again.
Burl has always been a hard worker – one never to shy away from work.
While living on the Ranch, he tried raising hogs, chickens, cattle, and Airedale dogs. That was quite an experience. Burl could tell lots of funny stories about those endeavors.
Burl and Pat had a son, Richie, born in 1953. He passed away in 1961 with a cancerous brain tumor. In 1962, they adopted Sally Robin Stubbs – she lives in Plano and has one son, Tyler (Mostly known as T-Money). Then in 1965, they had an opportunity to adopt a son, Samuel Clifton Stubbs. Sam passed away in 1977 with Lymphoma.
They lived on the Ranch for 38 years, until 2012 when they sold their Ranch and bought a home in Amarillo, Texas. They needed to be closer to the medical care there because of Burl’s health. Burl missed his fishing holes on the Ranch. He had one pond with catfish in it. he found out how to feed them and they would come to the surface to eat. That was fun watching them.
They enjoyed living in Amarillo. They loved to play 42 and would every chance they got. He had many good friends in Amarillo.
He also enjoyed recycling things. He tied his own fishing flies and you would be surprised at some of the materials he used. He was a professional fly tier. He also enjoyed hunting, and especially fishing, during his lifetime. He always enjoyed visiting with friends about fishing; and probably caught a boatload just talking about it.
For 18 years, they owned a cabin at South Fork, Colorado. It was right on the Rio Grande river; and he spent many hours in that river and caught lots of trout.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Simuel and Beulah Stubbs; two sons, Richie Stubbs in 1961, and Samuel Stubbs in 1976; and six siblings.
Survivors include his wife, Pat Stubbs, of Amarillo, TX; a daughter, Sally Robin Moore, of Plano, TX; and a grandson, Tyler Morris, of Plano.
He will be deeply missed!