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Charles Ray Stubblefield

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Graveside services for Charles Ray Stubblefield, 84, of Lake Charles, La., formerly of Tyler, will be on Thursday, May 9, 2013, at 10 a.m. in Rose Hill Cemetery with J.C. Tate and Jon Tate officiating.

Burial will be under direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.

Mr. Stubblefield passed away Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Lake Charles, La.

He was born Sept. 20, 1928, in Lufkin to Horace G. and Vivian Stubblefield.

Charles "Stubby" graduated from Lufkin High School, attended The University of Texas at Austin, and began his career with Shell Oil Co. prior to marrying the love of his life, Helen Caserta. After serving in the USAF in the Korean War, Charles and Helen returned to Tyler, where they lived and raised their family for the next 52 years. Charles spent his career working in the oil and gas industry as an independent petroleum landman and broker. In 2010, Charles was presented with the Pioneer Award by the East Texas Association of Petroleum Landmen for his contribution to the oil and gas industry in East Texas. Charles loved spending time with his family and friends, traveling and watching sports, including the Texas Longhorns and Dallas Cowboys.

Charles was a charter member of Hollytree Country Club and the Sharon Shrine Temple. Other organizations included Tyler Petroleum Club, East Texas Association of Petroleum Landmen and American Association of Professional Landmen. He was a life member of the American Quarter Horse Association. He was also a member of First Christian Church of Tyler and attended the Episcopal Church of the Good Sheppard in Lake Charles.

Charles was preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years, Helen Jane Caserta Stubblefield; mother and father, Horace G. and Vivian Stubblefield; and brother and sister-in-law, Horace G. Jr. and Beth Stubblefield.

He is survived by his loving family including son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Karen Stubblefield, of Lake Charles, La.; daughter and son-in-law, Dana and Marc Tate, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; grandchildren, Matt Tate and his wife Diana, of Katy, Ashley Gautier and her husband Steve, of New York, N.Y., Carson Tate, of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Ryon Stubblefield, of Lake Charles, La; great-grandchildren, Hunter and Ben Tate; and a niece and nephew, Suzanne Stubblefield, of Houston, and H. Gandy Stubblefield III, of Lufkin.

The family would like to acknowledge with appreciation the care provided by the staffs of Emeritus Assisted Living community and Christus Hospice of Lake Charles.

Pallbearers will be Matt Tate, Carson Tate, Ryon Stubblefield, Jay Turner, Ed Braswell and Paul "Flip" McKibben.

Visitation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at Stewart Family Funeral Home, 7525 Old Jacksonville Highway, in Tyler.

If desired, memorials may be made to Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School, 803 Division St., Lake Charles, La., 70601; or Christus Hospice, 4444 Lake St., Lake Charles, La., 70601.

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on May 8, 2013
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