Burl Maurice Stubbs

Burl Maurice Stubbs
Burl Maurice Stubbs

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.

Burl was an avid sports fan; mostly football, basketball, golf, and baseball. They lived in Lubbock for 19 years; and, he only missed one of Texas Tech’s home football games during that time – when he was deer hunting in South Texas. He liked Texas Tech; West Texas A&M, Mavericks, and Dallas Cowboys (especially when they were winning.) And he also liked high school football when he could either attend or watch on tv.
One of his special hobbies was carving with his pocket knife which he always carried. He loved to make something nice from a piece of wood.


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!




10 Replies to “Burl Maurice Stubbs”

  1. Bob and I send condolences to you in the loss of burl. He will be missed very much. We will remember our good times at lefors. Our prayers to you and you family

  2. Pat,
    You, Robin & Tyler are in out thoughts and prayers. Just know that we love you and may our Lord give you peace

    Janice, Nancy, Danny & families

  3. Oh how we will miss seeing Burl and his warm smile. It was such a delight to see Burl taking his walks through the neighborhood, stopping sometimes to pick up pecans.
    Pat, our prayers are for God to surround you with His comforting presence.

  4. Burl & Pat were two of my favorite people. Burl loved his family, God , and country. He will be missed. Praying for peace and comfort for Pat and the family.

  5. Pat, Robin, and Tyler, I’m so sorry for your loss. Please know all of you are in my prayers for peace and comfort until all of you meet up with Burl in heaven. Pat, I cherish all the days we worked together at Reese AFB!

  6. Pat, Oh how sad I was to hear of Burl Passing. What special memories Vaughn and I had with you and Burl, living next door for so many years and camping together with our children being the same age. Burl taught Vaughn how to fish in New Mexico while camping. Then there was the time that we camped and woke up to snow the next morning and you and Vaughn both got sick – Burl and I had to cook breakfast for the 4 kids out in the snow. It was so cold. So Burl and I decided to pack up and head back to Lubbock. We missed you so much when you moved to the Ranch. Loosing Burl is the hardest loss you will ever experience at this time. The comfort now is knowing that he is in his eternal home with Jesus and his boys and Vaughn. I will be praying for you for peace and comfort from our Lord Jesus. ” One Day at a Time, Sweet Jesus”. Love you so and we will talk soon.

  7. There are just no words to express how sorry we are for your loss! We love you and pray for you during this time!

  8. Dear Patricia,
    Ray is so saddened of the news you sent us today. It the first time I’ve seen him shed a tear. He loved Burl so much and on our trip to visit you in 2017, the whole drive from Wisconsin to Texas, he spoke of the military life and stories they shared. I know I speak for Ray when I say our hearts are broken and we will keep Burl forever in our memories. We pray that you will be comforted knowing that many love you and are sending God’s love and arms to keep you safe.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Jo Ann Alleman and Ray Betley

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