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JW Stamps
1924 - 2019

Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2019, surrounded by his wife of 72 years and his three children, JW Stamps completed his final approach and landed safely in the arms of Jesus. JW was the first born son of Carrie Adelia Cummings Stamps and Alvin Garner Stamps in Olustee, Okla. on Feb. 23, 1924. The family moved to Carson County, Texas in 1926, and except for his years of military service to his country, during WWII, JW lived his entire life in the county. He graduated from Groom High School, and like many young men, joined the United States Army. He spent his tour of duty in New Guinea from Oct. 1, 1943 and was honorably discharged as Sergeant with the 3749 Quartermaster Truck Company, March 16, 1946. He received the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Good Conduct Medal and Meritorius Unit Award Victory Medal, but his greatest joy was knowing that his baby brother, Norman, was born the day his ship took him across the International Dateline as he sailed to his post, on the island of Biak. He was adamant about attending Memorial Day Services honoring his and all fallen comrades. It was fitting that he should be called to his eternal home on one of his favorite days of the year. It is interesting to note that it was also International Cropduster’s Day.

On April 27, 1947, JW married Leona Mae Bowers in Panhandle, at the Church of Christ where they have been lifetime members. It is a union that would last 72 years and one month. To this couple were born three children, Gaylon, Ann and Adelia. The family lived on the farm where JW grew up, 12 miles east of Panhandle, 10 miles south of White Deer, and 12 miles west of Groom. Fulfilling a lifelong dream, in 1952, JW completed the requirements for his pilot’s license. Subsequently he earned his commercial license, and in 1962 JW and Leona started Stamps Spraying Service moving the business to Panhandle, and the family to 701 Franklin Street. It is the home where JW resided until this past February and Leona last July.

After retiring and turning the spraying service over to their son, Gaylon Stamps, who was now, in JW’s words, “The best pilot he had ever seen,” the couple enjoyed many years of traveling the country, towing their Airstream Travel Trailer. They are lifetime members of the Wally Bynum Airstream Club where they met and enjoyed many friends. More than seeing the country, they enjoyed visiting family all over this great nation. Even after retirement from the Spraying Service, JW flew commercially as a private pilot for the Reed Family, and continued to spray for Gaylon as an extra pilot was needed. He sprayed his last field at the age of 79, prompting Gaylon to say that his dad was “The best pilot he had ever seen!”

JW was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Adelia Norene Stamps, Beulall Arlena Stamps, Terecia and husband Doyle Chapin, Thelma Ruth and husband Don Shuttlesworth; sister-in-law Lou Stamps; and brothers-in-law, Luther Bailey, Bill Rawlins, and Vance Ayers.

He is survived by his sweet wife, Leona Stamps. He was “Dad”, “Daddy” or “Pop” to Gaylon Stamps and wife, Pat and daughter, Ann and husband Gary Beddingfield, all of

Panhandle and daughter, Adelia (whom he affectionately called “Pickle”) and husband Clyde Ketchum reside in Pagosa Springs, Colo. He was “Grandad” to Wayne Stamps and wife Mary, Wesley Stamps and wife Lisa, James J Stamps and wife Kim, Angela and husband Danny Prickett and Carissa and husband Jason Davis; Reese Beddingfield, Kurt J Beddingfield and wife Sheree, Kary and husband Brady Shadid, Ellee Leland and Anthony Watson and wife Kim; Kendra and husband Eric Hittle, Jess Ketchum and wife Casey and Zachary Ketchum and wife, Lisa.

JW was “Great-Grandad” to Savannah and Jett Stamps, Franklyn and Boone Stamps, Jazmyn, Jamison, Marli and Keatyn Stamps, Lynley, Travis and Gavin Prickett, and Grayson, Greenlee, Gemma and Gradee Rose Davis; Patrick, Ethan, Prezley and Evan Shadid, Hollister and Sawyer Beddingfield and Marlee, Annee, and John Sullivan Leland; Tad, Timothy, Jack and Adelyn Hittle, Kylie, Duke and Jebron Ketchum and Cooper, Augustus, Josephine and Ralen Ketchum. He was “Great-Great-Grandad” to Saniyah Grey.

This patriarch, as “Big Brother,” is survived by siblings Oleta Ayers, Betty Rawlins, Garner Stamps and wife Alice, LeeAnn and husband Sonny Hicks, Mahala Bailey, David Stamps and wife Sally, Earl Stamps and wife Mary and Norman Stamps and wife Joyce.

Finally, JW was beloved “Uncle Juggy” to a plethora of nieces and nephews, some to whom he was like a second father. He loved his great big family! Faith, Family, and Flying will remain the heart of his legacy.

The family will have a visitation on Thursday, May 30, at 6 p.m. at the Beddingfield Loft. A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 31, at 2 p.m. at the Panhandle Church of Christ. Arrangements are under the direction of Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Amarillo.

The family would like to convey a heartfelt “thank you” to the nurses and staff of Accolade Home Health, Palo Duro Nursing Home, BSA Hospice, and special caregivers Lori Snowden and Melva Vaughn.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to High Plains Children's Home, 11461 Western Street, Amarillo, Texas 79118 or NAAA (PAASS), 1440 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314.