DENISON - Bobby R. Rubarts, age 79, of Denison passed peacefully from this life on April 12, 2014. He was born in Whitewright, Texas on May 11, 1934, the son of Mr. and Mrs. B.W. Rubarts.|
Bobby attended Whitewright High School and was a graduate of Baylor University. He was married to Naomi Yowell of Sherman on February 24, 1956. He was predeceased by Naomi in August, 2012 after 56 years of marriage. She credited him with the attainment of everything she had ever dreamed of having or being. He considered this to be his most meaningful lifetime accomplishment.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Sherman for over two decades and has maintained many friendships from there, but most recently was a member of a non-denominational church. Jack R. Taylor of Melbourne, Florida was his long time pastor and spiritual overseer.
As the top economics student when he graduated from Baylor, he was recruited and offered a scholarship to obtain his doctorate in economics from Purdue University. He chose instead to accept a position with Sinclair Oil as a management trainee. Bobby later became a general manager of a wholesale auto parts distributorship in Sherman. Within a year he became CEO and was also co-founder of a management services company. Five years later both companies were acquired by a San Antonio based firm.
He stayed on as manager for another year before leaving to start a management services company and wholesale auto parts distributorship in Sherman. He was also the majority shareholder of three corporations that owned and operated five auto parts stores in Texas and Oklahoma.
He was a cofounder and President of Christian Tape Ministries in Sherman. In addition to a cassette tape lending library which was available through volunteers, he and his associates provided Christian counseling services without cost to recipients.
Bobby and Naomi enjoyed travel and an active social life, but their priority was their four children. They taught leadership skills by example. They conveyed to them that they had capabilities not everyone enjoyed and they should aspire to be leaders rather than followers. Their greatest desire was for each of them to enjoy a sense of security and to love and honor the Lord Jesus Christ and be directed by the Holy Spirit in all they do.
Bobby was predeceased by his wife, Naomi, his parents, his oldest brother Leon, Leon's wife, Josephine and his only sister's husband, Fred Crockett. He is survived by his four children, Becky Rubarts Freeman and husband, Doug of Houston, Bobby Mark Rubarts and wife, Cary- Elisa of Dallas, Barry Lynn Rubarts of Sherman, and Brian Cory Rubarts and wife, Tammy of Plano.
He is also survived by grandchildren, Michael, Jonathan, Emily, Benjamin, Sophia and Lillian, brother, Glen Rubarts and wife, Trula of Clovis, California, sister, Glenda Rubarts Crockett of Sherman and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Interment was beside Naomi at Oak Hill Cemetery in Whitewright under the auspices of Waldo Funeral Home. Graveside service was for immediate family members only.
Memorials may be made in honor of Emily to Purple Songs Can Fly, 4203 Yoakum Boulevard, Suite 200, Houston, Texas, 77006, in honor of Benjamin to Oak Hill Academy Learning Garden, 9407 Midway Road, Dallas, Texas, 75220, or to Master Potter Ministries, 6285 East Spring Street #212, Long Beach, California, 90808.
Published in The Herald Democrat from Apr. 16 to Apr. 17, 2014