May 2015 E-Newsletter

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Dear Wolf River Conservancy Partner:

The Wolf River Conservancy lost a dear friend, dedicated board member, and longtime volunteer on April 27, 2015, when William Howard “Bill” Stubblefield passed away after a brief illness. He was 65. Bill was a passionate outdoorsman who loved his family and friends. His sense of adventure awarded him many memories of sailing, fly fishing, and golfing. After serving in the U. S. Navy, Bill joined Holcomb Law Offices in Clarksdale, MS. In 1983, he moved to Dunavant Enterprises in Memphis, beginning as General Counsel and retiring as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2010.

In fall of 2010, after serving on the Wolf River Conservancy Board of Directors for several years, Bill leveraged his extensive legal experience and business acumen to serve as WRC Interim Executive Director for seven months. Bill provided me a great deal of help in my transition as the Executive Director for the Conservancy. He remained for me and many others the “go to guy” for questions regarding land conservation and other environmental issues.

In January 2015, he rejoined the WRC Board and was looking forward to helping the Conservancy continue to deliver on our mission to the community. Excited about retirement, he packed up his home in Memphis last year and moved to a lake house in Oxford, MS, where he enjoyed boating and fishing every afternoon.

“To know Bill was to love him,” said Kimberly Thomas, long-tenured WRC Office Manager. “He always had the most amazing stories of his adventures and was a jokester at heart.”

Bill is survived by his wife, Kathy; children Will, Sophie, and Andy; and sister Nina Stubblefield Tollison. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Jefferson Orr Stubblefield.

The Conservancy was very fortunate to have Bill as a part of us for so many years. It is because of people like Bill that the Wolf River Conservancy has achieved the success it has since its founding in 1985. He will be greatly missed.

Thanks to you all for your continued support.

Keith Cole
Executive Director

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Upcoming Events

May 28

Drink a Beer, Save a River


May 30

Frog Chorus Walk



June 2

Chuck Flink: "The Wolf River Greenway - A Corridor of Opportunity"

June 6

Cycle the Greenway 

June 6

First Saturday Paddle

June 8-25

Summer Youth and Family Paddling Program 

June 9

Greenway Arboretum Hike

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