CHAFFEE -- James M. Stubbs, 81, passed away Aug. 13, 2008, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.
Born July 14, 1927, in East St. Louis, Ill., to the late Clyde and Ruth Wilson Stubbs, Jim was accepted as a six-year-old patient to the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation due to the efforts of Eleanor Roosevelt. He was one of Georgia Warm Springs Foundation's three original poster children for for polio. For the next four years starting in 1934, the picture of the three boys was used to raise money for polio.
On Feb. 14, 1948, in Chaffee, he married Marlene Mirly who survives of the home.
Jim attended the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chaffee, owned and operated the Stubbs Jewelry store for over 50 years in Chaffee, and was the official watch inspector for the River Division of the Frisco Railway Company.
A long time Chaffee Rotary Club member, he became a Paul Harris Fellow. He was an adult leader of area Boy Scouts and completed wood badge training at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Jim served on the Police Board for seven years and was on the original Board of Directors for the Chaffee Housing Authority.
His hobbies included fishing, hunting, muzzle loading firearms, rock hounding and lapidary. He was an active wood carver in the Cape Girardeau Carving Club. Jim and Marlene enjoyed traveling and attending 49 Elder Hostel Programs.
Survivors in addition to his wife include: two sons and daughters-in-law, James M. and Jean Stubbs Jr. of Lee's Summit and Steve and Alisha Stubbs of Champagne, Ill.; one daughter and son-in-law, Melinda and Lance LeFevre of Lee's Summit; five grandchildren, Kristen Stubbs and husband Colin McMillen of Pittsburg, Pa., David LeFevre and fiance Kindra Guetlich of Kansas City, Kaci Stubbs of Portland, Ore., and Eric LeFevre and Melissa LeFevre of Lee's Summit.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two brothers.
Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee. Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Chaffee with the Rev. G.R. Hoffstetter officiating.
Burial will follow in the Union Park Cemetery in Chaffee.
Memorial contributions may be made to:
the Saxony Lutheran High School
Georgia Warm Springs Foundation
c/o Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel
203 W. Yoakum
Chaffee, MO 63740