Thomas E. Stubbs
Published 7:00 am Wednesday, May 24, 2017
“Well done, good and faithful servant…enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” Matthew 25:3
Reverend Thomas E. Stubbs, 72, of Picayune, Mississippi, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Forrest General Hospital with family by his side.
He was born in Bassfield Miss., to the late Mr. & Mrs. Ogie and Jessie Stubbs on June 14, 1944 and was the ninth of twelve children. In 1958, the family relocated to Picayune, Miss.
At this time, Thomas joined the Greater Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church and found his experiences and associations to be very rewarding.
In 1964, he graduated from George Washington Carver High School and furthered his education by attending Cohoma Junior College in Clarksdale, Miss. where he graduated and received an Associate of Arts degree. He served proudly in the United States Army for 2 years as Staff Sergeant and was a Veteran of the Vietnam War. He was employed at the former Brockway Standard Company in Picayune for over 30 years until he retired.
He was united in holy matrimony to Joyce L. Acker of Pearlington, Miss. in 1970 and to this union three children were born — Teno, Damon and Desmon Stubbs. The couple was married for 46 years and were truly blessed to have had so many wonderful years together.
Thomas was not only a soldier in the United States Army but he was also a soldier in the Lord’s Army. He humbly accepted his calling to teach and preach the Word of God on September 15, 2000 and never looked back.
He continued forward to do the work of God and received his License to Minister on December 19, 2000, and his Certification of Ordination on March 16, 2003. He also received an Associate Degree in Theology from Life Bible College. He gratefully served as an Associate Minister for the Greater Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church and also served as Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher and teacher for Weekly Bible Study Class. Rev. Stubbs enjoyed ministering to people in need and teaching the word of God to those who desired a closer relationship with Jesus Christ. He felt truly blessed to have the opportunity to minister to people in the community as well as those confined to jail and prison.
Prior to his illness, he enjoyed golfing and gardening. Rev. Stubbs was a true teacher and firmly believed that we are all God’s children and all deserve a life of joy, peace, happiness, forgiveness, and completeness as God intended. He lost the battle with cancer but stands victorious over death for he is now with his Lord and Savior.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ogie and Jessie Mae Stubbs; two sisters, Corine Stubbs Hives and Alma Christine Stubbs Mickel; and three brothers, Leon, Robert, and Liddell Stubbs, all of Picayune, Miss.
Left to cherish many fond memories are his loving wife, Mrs. Joyce L. Stubbs; three sons, Teno (Ruby) Stubbs, Damon (Tacara) Stubbs, and Damon Stubbs; seven grandchildren, Rejina, Tevin, Raven, Cameron, Rayah, Caden, and Ambry; one great-grandchild, Kingston Alun Gregory, all of Picayune, Miss.; three brothers, Ogie, Jr., Charles Edward, and Edward (Deloris) Stubbs, all of Picayune, Miss.; three sisters, Evelyn Stubbs and Alice Wilkes, both of Picayune, Miss., and Joyce (Morris) Burton of Gulfport, Miss.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Picayune, Mississippi where Rev. Donald L. Parker is Pastor. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time. Interment will be in the Picayune Cemetery with Military Honors.
The family wishes to thank the Greater Pleasant Valley Baptist Church Family and surrounding community for your prayers and support. Entrusted to Brown’s Funeral Home.