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Robert N. "Buddy" Tumlinson


1928 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Robert N. "Buddy" Tumlinson Obituary
September 18, 1928 - September 9, 2018
Robert "Buddy" Nemo Tumlinson Jr., 89, passed away surrounded by family on Sunday, September 9, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. Buddy was born in San Antonio, Texas on September 18, 1928 to Robert Nemo Tumlinson Sr. and Selma Bell Tumlinson.

He met Mary Jean Deskin of Bandera, Texas at a dance in San Antonio. They were married November 24, 1950 at St. Ann's Catholic Church. After serving in the Coast Guard, he returned to San Antonio and founded Audio Visual Aids Corporation in 1956, a business that is still run by the family and dedicated employees he considered close friends. Buddy was very active at San Jose Mission Church working the festivals and youth fundraisers. He helped organize and traveled on several Catholic Pilgrimages.

Buddy would spend many days on his ranch in Floresville, Texas. He loved to grow things from watermelons to hay for his cattle. It was not uncommon, even a few weeks ago, to see him out driving around counting his hay bales in the Sunnyside area. He loved spending time and working on the ranch alongside his children, grandchildren, and their families. He was a devoted husband, grandfather, great-grandfather and a friend to many and will be dearly missed.

The family would like to express our deepest gratitude to all the nurses, doctors and staff at the ICU in the Nix hospital. A special thank you to all for the love and care given to Buddy.

Buddy is preceded by his wife of 65 years, Mary Jean Deskin Tumlinson and his parents. He is survived by three children: Joanie Bonham and her husband David, Charmaine Franklin and Deborah Dawson. Grandchildren include Chris Thompson and his wife Kellie, Kristin Blandford and her husband Brandon, Michael Dawson and his wife Meera and Bradley Parker along with eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Dovie Ruth Howard; and other loving family and friends.

A rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 14, at Vineyard Funeral Home in Floresville followed by a tribute dinner celebrating his life. A Mass and graveside services will be privately held at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery in Bandera, Texas.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the .
Published in Express-News on Sept. 13, 2018
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