Tubbs remembered as a real estate mentor

For many within the real estate community, Nelson Tubbs was the gold standard.

Establishing Century 21 Gold Coat Realtors in Wichita Falls in 1982, Tubbs, who died June 25, defined honesty and encouragement.

Those mourning his loss included colleagues and students who pointed to his enthusiastic tutelage as an impact on their own successes.

“In my opinion,” said John Caussey, owner/broker of Strategic Real Estate, “Nelson was one of the most knowledgeable and honest ever in the real estate business. He trained and sponsored so many of today’s top producers where they started their career. He was one of the nicest gentlemen and a dear friend.”

Services for Tubbs, a decorated Vietnam veteran, will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 30, 2017, in the chapel of Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home with Father Peter Kavanaugh officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Rosemont Cemetery.

Tubbs became a Realtor and joined the Wichita Falls Association of Realtors in 1980, serving on numerous committees and on the board of directors. Named Realtor of the Year at WFAR, Tubbs also served the Realtor community at the state level in the Texas Association of Realtors.

“Nelson was the area’s top real estate educator and was responsible for sponsoring multiple new agents,” said Charles Hilbers, executive vice president of the WFAR, 1995-2005. “He was well known for his willingness to serve the local association and also at the Texas National Associations of Realtors. His ethics were his strongest character trait. His ever present smile will be missed by all who knew him.”

Tubbs served as a continuing education instructor, and his knowledge of the business inspired many WFAR members.

“Nelson was a true friend,” said Lee Grace, a longtime writer for the Times Record News. “He was someone who would always be there when you needed him. He was very knowledgeable and taught real estate classes for over 30 years to many of the area Realtors.”

Tubbs attended McCallie Preparatory School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and graduated from The University of Tennessee in 1967. Tubbs served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1973, receiving a Bronze Star for his service.

He married Becky O’Donnell on June 8, 1973, in Belleville, Illinois. Upon honorable discharge from the Army, Nelson worked for the Army Air Force Exchange Services until 1981.

In addition to his wife, Becky, Tubbs is survived by children, Sarah Gilchrist and her husband Brian Gilchrist, Katie Hein and her husband Josh Hein, and Nathaniel Tubbs and his wife Elizabeth Tubbs; one grandchild Ronan Gilchrist; brother, James Collins Tubbs and his wife Carole Tubbs; nephew, James C. Tubbs, Jr. and his wife Angie Tubbs, niece, Mary Catherine Tubbs and her husband Kevin Stordal, great niece Madeline Tubbs, and numerous other nieces and nephews.

“He was a class act,” added Grace. “It is a sad day for Wichita Falls real estate industry. He will be missed.”

For those desiring, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Benedict Orthodox Church, 3808 Seymour Highway, Wichita Falls, TX 76309 or Shriner’s Hospital 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa FL 33607.


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