Glen Bernard “Bubba” Frailey, Jr., 61, went to be with our Lord on January 4, 2022 after a hard fought battle with Covid. He left his kindness, humor, and love on the hearts of everyone he knew, most especially his wife, Laurie (Crawford) Frailey, who will forever be heartbroken with his absence.
Glen was born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska to Glen Bernard Frailey, Sr. and Barbara (Engleman) Frailey, on February 4, 1960. He lived in North Platte, Nebraska until he was 9 years old and the family moved to Texas. Glen was known by most as Bubba due to his little sister Julie, calling him, “my bubba” and that name stuck for all those he was closest to.
Bubba worked with his dad on brick jobs whenever he could and became a bricklayer like most in his family, carrying on that skill. Bubba also worked at a radiator shop with his longtime friend Richard Shaw, and in the last year and half in a Healthcare setting which he loved as he loved being around the older generation. However, Bubba had other likes, some of which were music. Just like his mother Barbara, he had a talent for music and taught himself how to play bass guitar. Bubba also liked to sing, and the family tells the story of his playing a record, “I’ve Been Everywhere” over and over again so he could learn all the words and sing it someday for his father to hear.
In earlier years of adulthood, Bubba helped raise 4 girls, with their mom, for over ten years. He never had children of his own and he felt most proud that he could give these girls a good life and instill values in them. Bubba spent a lot of his time playing music and loved to go visit family in North Platte. He loved to camp, make “Bubba Burritos,” and tell jokes. He loved to make people laugh.
In 2005, Bubba met his wife, Laurie, and they became best friends. They later married in 2008 with a very unorthodox proposal that still makes her laugh. Bubba affectionately called Laurie, Claud and that name stuck. They had a storybook love for each other that penetrated all. Bubba was faithful, kind, and made Laurie laugh. He was always loving and showed her in everything he did his love for her. He was so proud when last year he was able to buy her a wedding set he said she deserved. He made her laugh at this as it was well known he didn’t like to open that wallet. This is just the kind of man he was.
Bubba was also gifted with an older brother he did not know he had approximately 3 years ago, Raleigh, and he was elated and welcomed his newfound brother with open arms. His new brother and he shared his love for music. He and Laurie were fortunate to have gone on a vacation with his brother and they spoke on the phone weekly if not more.
Bubba’s love for music and entertaining allowed him to play music with not only his brother, but best friend, Oscar Ortiz. He and Oscar were so very close and Bubba was devastated at Oscar’s untimely death in September. He will now be able to see him again.
Bubba loved with his whole heart, and he loved his grandchildren, Alexis and Chloe. He played video games with them and brought them apple fritters as a breakfast treat. He looked forward to talking to them on the phone and would many times call Laurie to gloat if they had called.
Bubba was preceded in death by his mom, Barbara (Engleman) Baker, his nephew Justin Lemmer, his grandmother, Margaret Frailey, and stepfather. He will be missed by all who had the blessing of knowing him.
Bubba leaves, his wife Laurie (Crawford) Frailey, his father, Glen Frailey, his sisters Donna (Frailey) Sellers, Julie (Frailey) Roberts, and Norma (Frailey) Roberts, and his half-brother, Raleigh Croghan. He also leaves several stepchildren, Courtney Carter, Garrett Cole, Eleanor Lloyd, Erica Starks, Jennifer King, and Mandra Gurthet. He leaves behind several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
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