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Obituary for J.E. DuBose

July 8, 1939 - September 26, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 79


Joy Emmett DuBose, known as J., J.E., or Jay, passed peacefully on September 26, 2018 after some good days of memory sharing, laughter, and love. His sons Tyler and Paul stood vigil but it was his dedicated wife of twenty-eight years, Lyndie DuBose, who gave him the okay to ride herd in Heaven, or, as he would say, 'change horses'.

His accomplishments were innumerable; a gifted athlete turned head football coach, teacher and principal – he retired as the principal of Hobby Middle School in 1994, after twenty years and thirty-three years as an educator. J. hails from Devine, Texas and he set many athletic records as a young man, including a ninety-nine-yard touchdown run against John Marshall High School, the same school J. went on to coach after his playing days at Trinity. J. touched the lives of thousands of students, helping many to reach their most important goals. His work with children was recognized throughout the State and he helped create the Texas Middle School Association; he was elected their first president. All of his accomplishments were forecasted early on when he was voted 'most likely to succeed' and 'best looking', compliments he would be all too quick to dismiss.

J.'s singular God-given talent, apart from loving his wife, was as a self-taught sculptor. His work is collected the world over but he was happy to share the tricks of the trade with anyone who would listen—he would give of himself tirelessly. From his parents, J. learned the 'gift of giving', and talked about it often. He was almost uncomfortable receiving gifts but loved to give. For many years J. donated one of his sculptures for auction to benefit Moe Bandy and the Children's Transplant Association.

J. lived his whole life by the cowboy code; he trusted in God, gave God the reins as stated in the Cowboy Prayer, and always strived to do the right thing. He loved the lore of the old west as reflected in his art and his gentle way. He loved a good western ballad and cut a striking but unassuming figure in his boots and western attire much like the cowboys he always admired.

Lyndie was hired by J. to teach at Hobby but as he says, he fell in love shortly after 'Hello' soon 'firing' her so they could date and later marry—theirs was truly a great love and they stood by each other's side every day that they had together.

J. is survived, with sore hearts, by all those who knew him because his influence was so profound but specifically by his wife Lyndie; his boys: Tyler Mucho and Paul Harrell; his grandchildren: Emmett, Ayla, and Amesley; his sisters: Judith Brooks and Melody Brown; his Aunt Joan Gane; his cousins: Bruce and Brian Weller; numerous other cousins, nephews, nieces and every student with whom he came in contact—all of whom would say of their time with J., "I wouldn't take for that."



The Pastor Brian Weller will be officiating. In lieu of flowers contributions will be made to Christus Santa Rosa Hospital.

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