Services for George William Studdard, 73, Wichita Falls, Texas, will be at 11 a.m. today, Oct. 11, 2007, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Wichita Falls. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Wichita Falls.
Mr. Studdard died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2007.
He was born June 14, 1934, in Lansing, the son of Thelma (Potter) Studdard and William Studdard. He graduated in 1951 from Lansing Rural High School and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1952.
His 21 years of service in the Air Force included duty in Germany, England, Labrador, California and Vietnam. He retired from the Air Force after serving at Sheppard Air Force Base and settling his family in Wichita Falls in 1973.
Mr. Studdard was the athletic director for the city of Wichita Falls Parks and Recreation Department for 23 years, and he continued working part-time at Weeks Park Golf Course and as a school crossing guard in his retirement.
Throughout his life he was involved in numerous athletic and service organizations in Wichita Falls and the state of Texas. He was state umpire-in-chief for the Texas Amateur Softball Association for 20 years and served as a Texas ASA District 9 commissioner for 30 years. He was inducted into the Texas ASA Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Hall of Fame in 2005. He was a charter member of the Texas ASA Umpire Hall of Honor and the National Indictor Fraternity ASA of America. He was a lifetime member of ASA of America and TAAF.
Other athletic affiliations included North Central Texas Officials Association, Wichita Falls Chapter Southwest Basketball Officials Association, WF Chapter Southwest Football Officials Association, WF Chapter Southwest Baseball Umpire Association and the Sunrise Optimist Girls Fast Pitch.
Community service and memberships included VFW, Knights of Columbus 3rd and 4th Degree, The Place Board of Directors, Sunrise Optimist Club and Meals on Wheels.
He was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, where he served as an usher, and helped with the Catholics Coming Home and Chalice family programs.
In 1958, he married Caroline Adams of Shelby, Mont.; she survives of the home.
Other survivors include two sons, Joe, Wichita Falls, and Bill, Austin, Texas; two daughters, Charmaine Provost, Fort Worth, Texas, and Christine Gossett, Cross Roads, Texas; two grandchildren; and a sister, Rose Knickerbocker, Gore, Va.
The family suggests memorials to the Our Lady Queen of Peace Church Building Fund or the Sunrise Optimist Club of Wichita Falls, sent in care of Lunn's Colonial Funeral Home, 2812 Midwestern Parkway, Wichita Falls, TX 76308.
Online condolences may be sent at lunnscolonial.com.