Harold Lloyd Stubbs, known to his family simply as “Stubby,” passed from this life on December 18, 2016 at the age of 96. He was born in Mangum, Oklahoma on October 25, 1920 where he was raised. He proudly attended Mangum High School and graduated from there in 1938. After graduation, he moved to Galveston, Texas where he met his future wife Mildred Pauline Veselka. In 1942 he was inducted into the Army’s 764th Amphibian Tractor Battalion. While there, he received an American Theater Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal and World War 2 Victory Medal. After separation from duty, he and Mildred married on April 19, 1947. Their daughter, Donna, was born in 1955.
Harold worked for the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway Company from March 1946 until the company moved to Kansas in 1965, after which he worked for the County of Galveston until his retirement in December of 1985.
Harold was a lifelong Democrat and for many years served as Galveston County’s Democratic Secretary and Chairman of Precinct 59. During this time he proudly arranged for the precinct’s constituents to vote in “Stubbs’ Garage.”
Harold loved carpentry and woodworking, a skill he inherited from his father. This love and skill was revealed in all of his do-it-yourself projects, to name a few: the additions and remodeling he did to his beloved home in “Fish Village,” the outdoor playhouse he built for his daughter and, as was his greatest passion, combining colorful wood varieties and turning them into beautiful intricate bowls and toys.
Through the years, Harold enjoyed traveling to his Army Tractor Battalion reunions with his brother-in-law, George; fishing with friends, Bob, Harry and George; bringing family and friends to Myrt and Milton’s “camp;” and going to the casinos with his son-in-law, Mark. In his 80’s, Harold taught himself basic personal computer skills and enjoyed corresponding with Army buddies, relatives and friends through e-mails and pictures. Always the Okie, he especially loved corresponding with his friends from Mangum.
Harold is preceded in death by his parents: Herman Stubbs and Viola Hawkins; and brother, Orthell “Babe” Stubbs. He is survived by his loving wife, Mildred; daughter, Donna and husband Mark Daulong; and many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank Diana Holmes, Betty Davis, Arnetta Henderson and Gloria Brown for their kind and loving care of Harold throughout his illness. They also wish to thank family and friends for all their love and support.
A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Harold’s life will be at 2:00 pm, Friday, December 30, 2016 at the Meridian Retirement Community.