Columbus Stutes Jr.
Columbus Stutes, Jr. passed away Wednesday, March 5. He was born Nov. 27, 1937 in Layfette, Louisiana, to Columbus Stutes and Margaret Helen Webb. He spent his final days doing what he loved most, visiting and talking with many friends who came to visit from far and near.
Columbus' mother moved to San Antonio in 1947 with her children and the family lived in the Harlandale area. Columbus attended Harlandale High School. After graduating in 1957, he worked for the Texas Highway Department.
Columbus married his high school sweetheart in December 1957. He studied electronics with EB Lofton. After attending business college at night, he graduated with an associate degree in electronics. At that time, Columbus presented his degree to his supervisor and was promoted to radio shop foreman, retiring after 42 years on the job.
Columbus also took parallel courses with the United States Air Force Reserves and served in the reserves for 16 years.
A prominent force in his communities, Columbus served as fire chief of Grey Forest Volunteer Fire Department, president of Bexar County Volunteer Fire Service, Cub Scout Master, president of the Scenic Loop Playground Club and the Texas Public Employees Association, committee member with Helotes Methodist Church and Bandera Methodist Church, president of Bandera County Helping Hand and was a member of the Helotes Lions Club Board of Directors.
Columbus also ran the Stutes Electric and Repair and almost singlehandedly built two family homes - from the ground up.
He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Columbus would do anything for them - except buy a $5 Disney Princess coloring book. Instead, his granddaughter received a lecture on money in which her grandfather explained that a nickel used to buy a loaf of bread and a gallon of gas!
Columbus is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ginger Stutes; sisters, Ann Perry and Laura Hawthorne; sister-in-law Barbara Thompson; children, Columbus, Kathleen, John, Kelly and Eric and their spouses; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and more friends than anyone can believe.
He was predeceased by his parents, Columbus and Margaret Webb Stutes; brothers, Robert Stutes and Sidney Miller; stepfather William A. Williams; father-in-law and best friend John S. Self; brother-in-law Raymond Perry; sister-in-law Barbara Miller; grandson Columbus Norment; son-in-law Bubba Norment; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Columbus will be greatly missed. He would not want us to be sad because he is now at peace, on his way "Beyond the Veil." He will be waiting for us to rejoin him when it is our time to "go home."
A celebration of his life for family and friends will take place at 2 pm, Saturday, March 22, at Grimes Funeral Chapels. He will be cremated and his remains entombed in Bandera City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made in Columbus' name to a charity of choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family by clicking on the "Send Condolences" link at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Bandera.