Remembering Bill Stubblefield


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 Interim Executive Director for seven months, and he remained WRC's “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 its mission. 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,” says Kimberly Thomas, long-tenured WRC Office Manager. “He always had the most amazing stories of his adventures and was a jokester at heart.”

WRC Education Director Cathy Justis also remembers Bill fondly. "Bill clearly cared about the people around him, including those he worked with, and he let us know it.  He was a wonderful person, and I feel lucky to have had the chance to know him."

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.  He will be greatly missed.

Posted by Cathy Justis at 5:03 PM