September 19, 1981 to 2018
37 years ago, my dad John Stubbs, Sr. died in a car accident coming home from a USM football game. He was 41. My mom was widowed at 36. My sister was 14, and a freshman in high-school. I was 4. We lost our hero that day. Mom lost her best friend. The Mobile community, his employer Exxon, and countless friends lost one of the good guys.
This has been on my mind for several years – being the same age as my dad when he passed away. Call it what you want, I just wanted to get to this point. At 41, I have my own precious family now – Kasey and 4 wonderful kids. Of course, I have a risk plan in place like he did. Just in case, at least financially, things will be fine.
Then there’s the absence. Not having a dad is big deal when you’re a kid. I would not miss being there for my boys & girls – golf, baseball, football, gymnastics to name a few. I recently spent time in Texas with my cousin Vance. He’s in remission from AML since 2007. He told me to “hug and squeeze that family.” So I do. And I will.
It’s Life Insurance Awareness Month Friends & Colleagues – make sure you and those you love have a risk plan in place. And then hug and squeeze that family of yours.
By Jay Stubbs, CLU
Gulf Coast Regional Director