Floyd I Stumbo (1930-2015)
Floyd Stumbo passed away June 11th, 2015 in Lubbock, Texas, his home of 57 years. He was born in Humboldt, Kansas July 16, 1930 to Ernest and Jewel Stumbo, who preceded him in death. He lived his childhood on the family farm in Lawrence, Kansas. He loved the culture a farm creates, working with his hands, growing and producing a crop/livestock. Floyd graduated from Kansas State University with bachelors and masters degrees in science, focusing on agri/business. Afterwards, he served our country in the 1950’s, having retired from the Air Force with the rank of first lieutenant.
In 1960, Floyd met the love of his life, Patricia Childers, and they married June 7th, 1961. “As Christ loved the church”, so too did Floyd love Pat. They have three children, Randy Stumbo (Jenny), Scott Stumbo (Julie), Shelly Lewis (Jerry); seven grandchildren, Zack Stumbo, Brea Stumbo, Cutter Stumbo, Katie (Stumbo) Owsley and her husband Colton, Sean Stumbo, Cole Lewis and Claire Lewis. Floyd loved and nurtured his children well, and spoiled his grandchildren without conscience. The children of this family are among the most fortunate on earth, blessed beyond measure. His surviving siblings include Lillian Nealeigh (Ken), Dorothy Bergmark (Bill), sister-in-law Dorothy Stumbo and Pat’s sister Joyce Kelley. Those preceding his death include Fred Stumbo, Louise Menzies, Helen Colglazier, Velma Schwartz, and Pat’s brother Ray Childers. He has over 70 nieces, nephews, grand and grand-grand nieces and nephews, and loved every one of them. We have little doubt he knew all by name; it helps to remember those you mention in prayer. Many of them consider Uncle Floyd their surrogate father, and all were special. He was a wonderful patriarch of his family, setting great example for all: celebrating their accomplishments, advising when needs arose, mending when struggles occurred. The memories of Dad, Papa, and Uncle Floyd will wane, but the effort he made to prove Christ to his family will be an eternal legacy.
Floyd was recruited to the Children’s Home of Lubbock to serve as assistant superintendent on October 15, 1957. For 57 years, Floyd cared for children in need at the Children’s Home and the Lubbock Children’s Home Foundation through his retirement on October 2014. Floyd was Assistant Superintendent for 14 years, and for the next 25 years served as the Superintendent, Executive Director, and President. He founded and for four years was President of the Children’s Home Foundation and was President Emeritus through his retirement. His last waking hour, he and Lynn Harms, current President of the Children’s Home were meeting with good friends of the Children’s Home, retirement was not an understood term for Floyd. Floyd loved the children unconditionally and had hope for each. He sought that through Christ’s love for the children, “the least of these”, would have a safe home, hear kind words, receive a good education, and most importantly, learn to know Christ.
Floyd was a deacon and elder of the Broadway Church of Christ, having attended to and receiving attendance from this church family for 57 years. He assisted with many of the church ministries including teaching, missions and visitations. Deep friendships and Christian servant leaders from Couples Eight were constant companions and friends, great accomplishments came from their work.
Friendships locally, throughout the state, nationally and internationally were made in his travels. The friends and their associations were retained throughout his life; Floyd’s “rolodex”, his memory, was phenomenally extensive. Although not a minister, he had officiated countless weddings and memorial services for those who preceded his passing. The respect that each family made in selecting Floyd to assist during these occasions of joy and need is are testament to his life’s work.
As well, he received much recognition during his life, Christian service awards from Pepperdine University and Lubbock Christian University, and various recognitions from child care service organizations. He was a founding member of the Texas Alliance for Children, which helped establish minimum standards for childcare agencies in Texas. He served on many other state and national childcare committees, associations and boards, was a longtime member of the Rotary Club of Lubbock and served on the board of the Lubbock County Chapter of the American Red Cross the year the tornado struck Lubbock in 1970. In 1995, Floyd received the “Key to Lubbock” and a tribute from US Representative Larry Combest which read, “In working with our youth in this endeavor you are helping ensure that our future generations learn the importance of community and caring for our fellow citizens. This dedication is a standard by which others will certainly be measured…I have given a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives thanking you and recognizing you for your dedication and caring work.”
Floyd enjoyed what God made, mountains and creeks of New Mexico, the plains and sunsets of Texas and rain that periodically made life green. He created furniture his children and grandchildren cherish and gardens his wife loved to watch grow. His golf game was tolerated by a few close friends, and periodically by his sons. He was always busy, busy making things better.
In lieu of flowers, donations and memorials to
The Children’s Home of Lubbock, 4404 Idalou Road, Lubbock, TX 79403
would be respected.