John Wayne "Spider" Webb, 87, passed away peacefully in his sleep Friday, May 3, 2013, in Arlington. Funeral: 1 p.m. Friday, May 10, in Wade Family Funeral Home Chapel, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington, with Marty Younkin officiating. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the
, or Community Hospice of Texas, www.chot.org
. John was born June 21, 1925, in Epley, Miss., to John J. and Thelma T. Webb. He graduated from Sumrall High School and entered the Navy during World War II, although the war ended before he completed pilot training. He earned a bachelor's degree in geology on the G.I. Bill in 1949 with some graduate hours at Mississippi State. He found a job with Western Geophysical Co. as a geophysicist and started a long journey of exploration of the western and southern U.S., Alaska, Canada and Mexico in the search for petroleum as a "doodlebugger." In 1952, he married Margaret Charlotte Larson of Douglas, Wyo. Their marriage produced two children and involved 57 moves over his career. He retired in Houston after 35 years with Western Geophysical and relocated to Arlington in 2000. John was known to his parents and brother's family as Wayne and to many others as Spider, a product of an early boss complaining of too many men in the office named John. To his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, he was The Poppa. He was proud of and delighted by the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and he enjoyed every opportunity for family gatherings. John was a vegetable gardener, starting in earnest in Metarie, La., in 1965. When he retired, he took up golf and played several days a week (walking, no carts). He loved aviation, trains, history, museums, geology and the wilderness, and he and Margaret traveled extensively in their retirement. A skilled marksman, he was a hunter of deer, geese, squirrels and doves. As the great-grandson of Confederate soldiers, he was an avid student of the Civil War and World War II. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Thelma Webb. Survivors: Wife of 60 years, Margaret Webb; brother, Earl Ray Webb and wife, Ondean, of Epley, Miss.; son, Dennis John Webb and wife, Cecil Ann, of Mansfield; daughter, Carolyn Jean Chappell and husband, Nathan, of Arlington; grandchildren Kristin Chappell Cummings and husband, Eric, of Coppell and Brian Chappell and wife, Mique, of Mansfield; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Henry Cummings, and Isaac, Alec and Emma Chappell; niece, Jenny Thames; nephew, Robert Grover; and many friends from his and Margaret's long travels.