Virgil Lewis (Buddy) Stoker, 86, passed away on Friday, March 3, 2023, at his home in Lipan. He was born February 20, 1937, in Fort Worth, Texas. Buddy graduated from Birdville High School in 1955. In high school, he lettered (4) years in football and was All State his junior and senior high school years.
Buddy married his high school sweetheart, Betty Tabor in 1956, and they had two children. A son, Guy Stoker, and a daughter, Camey Reynolds and her husband Terry. They have (10) grandchildren and (14) great-grandchildren. Buddy is also survived by his younger brother Roscoe Stoker and his wife Gayle.
He was preceded in death by his parents Gorman and Jewel Stoker and by his older brother Charles Stoker.
In 1958, Buddy went to work for the United States Postal Service, working (34) years to become the Director of Finance. Buddy and Betty retired in 1992, Betty retiring from American Airlines, and they moved to Lipan to enjoy ranching and Lipan basketball.
A Gathering and Celebration of Life will be held for Buddy at the family home later and will be announced at that time.