Jack’s Story

Site created on July 14, 2019

Welcome to our Caring Bridge website. My brother, Jack Webb, is dealing with significant health issues right now. On December 5, 2018, Jack was at work and tripped and broke his femur on his left leg. The ambulance came and took him to the hospital, where the doctor performed surgery and placed a titanium rod in his leg.

When he was released from the hospital, he went to Courtyard Rehabilitation Center for rehab and recovery. He came home on March 8, 2019 but returned to the hospital soon after with a urinary tract infection. After his release from the hospital, he went to Oakridge for more rehab. He remained at Oakridge until he was moved to Cornerstone Acute Care Hospital in West Monroe, Louisiana.

He came home by ambulance on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. He was home for only three days before he had to return to ER and was later admitted to the hospital in El Dorado. He remained there until July 16, when he came home again. Jack is now on hospice, and will get even more consistent outpatient care.

We are using this site to keep family and friends updated in one place. We also would encourage any of you to share encouraging messages, memories of time spent with him, and any cherished  pictures  that you would like to share with Jack. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.  
                                                                                                                                   
"My Life Story"
by
Jack Webb

(The Early Years)

I was born in Sulphur, Oklahoma on November 19, 1937. My earliest memory is of when I was two years old. We went to Payne’s Studio to have pictures made with my family, my mother and dad and Shirley, my older sister.

In those days we had no television. World War II was going on. We heard Hitler’s speeches on the radio. Our entertainment was to go to the movies. Sulphur had three movie theaters then, the Ritz, the Platt, and the Comet Drive-in. Dad would work all day, come home, eat supper, and then we would all go to the movies. We went two or three times a week. The movies were usually double features then. In between the features, they would have newsreels about the war. Of course, they were in black and white.

Mom and Dad worked out of state since Dad owned a trucking business. Shirley and I would stay with our grandparents when they were away, and we attended grade school in Sulphur. I remember during this time Anna Ruth Birch lived right across the street and Virginia Smith lived down the block.

One summer at age six, I went with my parents and sister to Roswell, New Mexico. We stayed in Jordan’s Tourist Court. This place had one room in which we ate and slept. The bathroom was in the center of the rooms. We came home at Christmas and then went back to Roswell.

One exciting memory of Roswell is of the Enola Gay, the plane that carried the bombs that were used to bomb Japan. My parents were working at the Air Base where this plane took off from to carry out its mission. After its mission was accomplished, it returned to the base, and I got to take a tour of it. Soon after this, the war ended, and we came home to Oklahoma. 

(“Happy Days”)

When I was only eight years old, I got my first job at Hamby’s Gas Station. I worked there until I was through high school. As a teen, I loved to eat at Archie Vernon’s Café. My favorite food there was Archie’s red-top stew.

I went to high school at Sulphur. During this period of time, Sulphur High School was brand new. While they were working on it, we used the gym at the deaf school to play basketball. I played baseball and basketball in high school. While playing baseball, I was hit in the head with the ball and was unconscious for about ten minutes. When I woke up, they let me go home. I made it home and then passed out again. I was taken to the only hospital in town, which was owned by Dr. Delay and had only four beds. I was hospitalized for two weeks before I returned home.

Some of my best friends in high school were Franklin Herring, Billy Wayne Spindle, Doris Russell, Eddie Van Lewis, and Billy Don Hamby. While working at Hamby’s Gas Station, my boss allowed me to drive his car at lunch and go over and see my girlfriend, Charlene Howe. We dated for a while and then eventually we broke up, and Charlene started dating Eddie Van. Ironically, I would end up marrying them later. While in the eleventh and twelfth grades, I dated Virginia Smith, whom I called Ginny.

Our family grew again when my second sister, Debbie, was born in 1950 followed by the birth of my only brother, Micky, four years later.

I started preaching when I was fourteen years old. My grandfather, Texas Jack Chaffin, was an evangelist for several of the smaller churches in the area that had no full-time preacher. When I was still a kid, he began taking me with him on his circuit. Eventually, at fourteen, I preached my first gospel sermon and later began preaching every week at Mill Creek church of Christ. Even after high school, when I was in college out-of-state, I would come home on weekends to preach at Mill Creek. One of the greatest honors of my life came in 1955, when before our high school graduation, my class requested that I speak at my own class’ Baccalaureate Service. What a great way to end this first chapter of my life! 

 (Transitions – Leaving Home)

After graduating from high school in May of 1955, I attended Abilene Christian College in Abilene. Texas. My freshman year, I majored in Bible and was on the college debate team. It was a great team. That year we didn’t lose a single match.  During my sophomore year, I dated a girl named Betty Jane Moon and married her. The marriage lasted less than a year. I then came home to Sulphur, and Dad put me to work in his trucking business. 

(A New Life Among the Pines)

It was the trucking business that eventually brought me to Lewisville, Arkansas, where I met a beautiful young lady named Patricia Jones and married her. That marriage has now lasted a bit longer – we just celebrated our 59th anniversary on August 1!

When Dad’s trucking business ended, I went to work with my father-in-law, Kacey Jones. While working with him, I was offered a job in the insurance business. In time, I worked my way up in insurance until I eventually owned my own business. My time working in insurance has been my life. My customers were always important to me. I’ve had over fifty years of doing business with some wonderful people - people like Janie Waters, my Associate. Janie has always gone above and beyond what was expected from her.

Pat and I have two children, Jacki and Patrick.  We’ve made our home in El Dorado, Arkansas and have attended the College Avenue Church of Christ. Pat became a high school language teacher. She retired at the end of last year.

Today, our daughter, Jacki, is single and works as a lab technician in Louisiana. Patrick, our son, is married to Allison. They currently live near Little Rock and have two beautiful little girls, Emmylynn and Brianna. These two little darlings are the joy of my life!
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Jack's Favorite Bible Verse:

"This is the message we have heard from Him and now declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin.  If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."  (I John 1: 5-10)  New King James Version


Favorite Verse of our Granddad:


"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know. . . I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by me."  (John 14: 1-4, 6 b) 
New King James Version



A Comforting Message from the Word:


"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also, through Christ our comfort overflows. . . And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort."  ( II Cor. 1: 3-7)  New International Version



Newest Update

Journal entry by Deborah Steen

An obituary for Jack will be coming out in his original hometown newspaper tomorrow, the "Sulphur Times Democrat." If you don't take the paper, you can still have them mail you a copy if you would like to have it to keep. The mailing fee is $2.50. Their phone number is 580-622-2102. 
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