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Cordia Thomas Tubbs, Jr., 83, a 15-year resident of Edmond, Okla., died at 7:50 a.m. on November 19, 2015, after a long struggle with cancer. Born in Chandler, Okla., on August 31, 1932, Mr. Tubbs was the son of the late Cordia T. Tubbs, Sr. and Rosie Tubbs. One of six children, he loved to fish, hunt and play baseball. At only 15 years old, Cordia was able to procure a bank loan for his father without any collateral or cash flow; it was truly based on his boldness and ability to establish trust. Cordia also became very fond of baking, and even later opened his own pie parlor. A true entrepreneur, in addition to his baking ventures, Mr. Tubbs also established a reputable facilities maintenance company, which he successfully ran for over 30 years, and worked with OU Medical Center. He was an outgoing, energetic man. Highly action oriented, he made decisions based on facts and logic, accepted conflicts as normal in relationships, and was objective. Mr. Tubbs took pride in focusing on details, and worked hard to plan things out and stay ahead. He took comfort in routines, created practical solutions to problems, and enjoyed living in the present moments of daily life. Tubbs struggled with alcoholism in his younger years, but he prided himself on developing a strong relationship with God, effectively transforming himself from a prisoner to a preacher. In his leisure hours and before more severe illness set in, he enjoyed watching boxing matches, attending OKC Thunder basketball games, and watching movies with his wife. Cordia’s great passion, however, was his love for the Lord, and he enjoyed sharing his faith with everyone he met. He was a member of Victory Christian Church, and will long be remembered as a man of faith, and devoted husband and loving father. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Betty J. Tubbs; daughters Gladys and Marion; sons Lamar and wife Tarsha of Tulsa, Okla., and Robert and wife Diosa of Crofton, Md., and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Celebration of Life services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at Baggerley Funeral Home in Edmond. Interment to follow at Green Acres Memorial Gardens in Skiatook, Okla.
Published on  November 23, 2015
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