Beverly Stubblefield Dudley - Ranger

Dudley PhotoMr. Beverly Stubblefield Dudley, Jr, 89, a lifelong resident of Ranger, passed away December 16, 2009, at the Ranger Care Center where he resided for the past 5 years. Services will be held at 2 P.M. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery directed by Edwards Funeral Home.
Mr. Dudley was born in 1920 in Plano, to Beverly S. Dudley, Sr. and Ola Mae Horn. After 4 months, he and his mother joined his father at their home on Spring Road in Ranger, where his father was a lawyer. Mr. Dudley’s two-block walk to attend Young Elementary turned into a couple of miles to walk across the railroad tracks to Ranger High School. After school hours, he would care for the chicks at his father’s hatchery, located a half block from school. He graduated in 1937.
Mr. Dudley attended Ranger Junior College and Texas A&M University, graduating in 1942. He served in the United States Marine Corps, achieving the rank of Captain. He fought in the Pacific in World War II, with action at Guadalcanal.
After the war, Mr. Dudley returned to Ranger where he taught for 2 years at the Vocational School in Eastland. The secretary there, Hazel Harrell, won his heart and they were married in 1948. Beverly and Hazel’s only child, Teresa, was born in 1952. The three of them moved from their apartment in town to their land west of town that Mr. Dudley’s father had bought for one dollar an acre.
Probably best known as a respected (and feared) vocational agriculture teacher, Mr. Dudley began teaching at Ranger High School in the spring of 1950, taking over from his brother-in-law, Mr. R.B, Thomas, Jr. of Strawn, who took a position with the Purina Feed Company. Mr. Dudley continued in this position until his retirement in 1980.
Mr. Dudley earned his master’s degree from Texas A&M University during summer semester commuted together with Strawn and Desdemona agriculture teacher, Mr. Keith McDonald.
Boxed of slides and photos of FFA and judging teams can be found in the Dudley home. During his 301/2 years at R.H.S., Mr. Dudley took numerous judging teams to the district, area and state meets with several teams earning a trip to the national contest in Oklahoma City. One team slept overnight through a tornado that destroyed a building across from their motel.
Students learned many practical skills in vocational agriculture classes. An item that all classes built has recently found its way back to Mr. Dudley’s house – one of those famous shoe shine kits.
Mr. Dudley served in various capacities in the First United Methodist Church of Ranger. Though he could be heard singing the hymns with gusto, carrying a tune was not one of his strong points.
Mr. Dudley is preceded in death by his wife Hazel, on the very same date in 2002. He is also preceded in death by his parents, Beverly S. Dudley, Sr. and Ola Mae Dudley. He is survived by his sister, Doris Dudley Thomas and her husband R.B. Thomas, Jr. of St. Louis, Missouri; and by his daughter, Teresa Ann of Saginaw, TX.
A special expression of thanks goes to all those wonderful, kind, and understanding employees and residents of Ranger Care Center, and to those Ag boys (and girls) who continue to tell tall tales.