Dr. Louis Dale Stubbs, Sr. of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life on Thursday, October 17, 2013 following a brief but valiant struggle with cancer. He was 85 years old. He was born in De Queen on January 2, 1928. He was the son of William Franklin Stubbs and Sophia Kathleen Sullivan of De Queen, and the grandson of Samuel Alanzo Stubbs and Laura Samantha Williamson Stubbs and William Henry Sullivan and Minnie Allen Mays Sullivan Collier. Louis married Sharon Ann Fuller on December 22, 1967 in Eufaula, Oklahoma.
Following graduation from De Queen High School, Louis served in the United States Navy for 12 years. He was a World War II veteran, where he achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer. During the Korean War, Louis was mobilized to service in The Republic of the Philippines, stationed at the U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay. Following military service, he attended Oklahoma State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1957. He continued post-doctoral studies at the University of California San Diego, Texas A&M University, and the University of Arkansas. Louis entered private veterinary for 10 years in the Arkansas cities of Paris, Little Rock, Russellville, and Waldron. He served as a research consultant for drug companies Merck Sharp & Dhome, and Naremco, Inc., then left private practice to serve 2 years as the Director of Clinical Research for Biotoxicological Research Associates in Lima, Ohio. He was employed for almost 45 years with The United States Department of Agriculture, as a Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer. He was appointed to, and served for 6 years as an Equal Employment Opportunity counselor with the U.S.D.A.
Louis had a deep love for public service, genealogy, history, farming and flying. He was a member of the Geneva Missionary Baptist Church, which was founded in 1906 at the home of his grandfather, John Williamson. He was a member and past President of the De Queen Chapter of Rotary International, where he also served as the District Chairman of the Polio Eradication Committee. He was a 32nd degree Mason (Scottish Rite). He was a member of the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution. He served on many boards and commissions throughout his life, including: Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association (board of directors), American Veterinary Medical Association, National Association of Federal Veterinarians (past president), Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives, Sevier County Historical Society (board of directors and life member), Sevier County Genealogical Society (past President), Southeastern Oklahoma State University Curriculum Advisory Board, Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas Advisory Board.
He is survived by his wife of almost 46 years, Sharon Ann Fuller Stubbs; a sister and brother-in-law, Allene and Don Eakin of Gloster, Louisiana; five children: Louis Stubbs, Jr. and wife Sandra, Kenneth Stubbs and wife Linda, Kevin Stubbs and wife Genevieve, Kimberly Nance and husband Kevin, and Charissa Womack and husband Stan. In addition to his five children, he is survived by ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren: Louis Stubbs, III; Mark Stubbs, wife Kendra and daughter Katelan; Margaret Bosenbark, husband Christopher, daughters Brittany, Caitlyn, and sons Jackson and William; John Stubbs; Michael Stubbs; Daniel Stubbs, wife Kristine, sons Michael Longoria, Jackson, and daughter Khloe; Aaron Fenwick; Samuel Fenwick; Stephanie Womack; Steven Womack, wife Destiny and son Shawn. He was further blessed with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Family visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 22nd from 6-7 pm at Chandler Funeral Home, 1015 West Collin Raye Drive in De Queen. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 23rd at 2pm at Geneva Missionary Baptist Church, 188 Geneva Church Road in De Queen, with Pastor Travis Lane and grandson Rev. Mark Stubbs officiating. Following the service, Louis will be interred in the Redman Cemetery next to his parents.
Pallbearers will be grandchildren Louis Stubbs, III, Michael Stubbs, Daniel Stubbs, John Stubbs, Margaret Bosenbark, Aaron Fenwick, Samuel Fenwick, Stephanie Womack and Steven Womack. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Steve Cole, Dr. Ray Allen, Dr. Emmett Barnett, and Dr. Leonard Fuson.