Raymond B Wellborn

13 August , 193623 October , 2018

Raymond Burke “Buddy” Wellborn, Sr., Captain USN (ret.) died 23 October 2018, in League City TX, of complications from an Aortic Aneurism at age 82. Born in Bryan Texas, 13 August 1936, he attended Rice University for 1 year before entering the United States Naval Academy in 1955 in the Class of 1959. He was a standout football player during his time at USNA. He played on the winning 1958 Cotton Bowl team. After graduation, he married Gladys Hamby of Houston Texas and their journey began. He reported to USS Frank Knox for his first tour then eventually went on to Submarine school. After 15 years and numerous tours on diesel boat submarines, including a Command of USS Entemador, he transferred to the Surface Warfare community. He commanded the USS Mount Baker and the USS Detroit. His final command was Navy Electronics Command in Charleston S.C. After 30 years of service, he retired in June 1989 and eventually moved home to Houston. He taught at Texas A&M while earning his Doctorate in Maritime Economics. He then left Texas A&M to pursue his love of writing and lecturing. He had many hobbies, but in the end he enjoyed being involved with the Navy Football brotherhood and as a Trustee United States Naval Academy Foundation and Scholarship Program. He tirelessly wrote game summaries of each Navy football game for friends and many others to enjoy. Each football season, he would travel around to numerous Alumni chapters to give his Navy Football preview. Preceded in death by his parents and wife Gladys (March 1993). He is survived by his sons Burke (Julie) of Gulf Breeze, FL, Robert of Dickinson, TX, and John (Julie) of Canton, NC, and 7 grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM at Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home with funeral service beginning at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the United States Naval Academy Foundation Athletic and Scholarship Program, 25 Maryland Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401.


  • Burke Wellborn
  • Robert Wellborn
  • John Wellborn
  • Alex Wellborn
  • Al Mathews
  • John Paul Wellborn Jr.
  • Cameron Wellborn
  • Joe Wellborn


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Oma Jean Stevenson

13 November 2018

Buddy and my younger brother Vince were best friends. Buddy came to my wedding in 1951 and he came to my 50th Wedding Anniversary in 2001. More than fifty years we have been friends and many of the world's problems were discussed and solved in our conversations. You never received a yes or no answer from Buddy and I always expected to gain knowledge from his explanations. With Buddy at Navy and my brother at the University of Texas, you can imagine the stories between those two. Buddy made a lasting impression on all the people he met in life, from his early days in Houston to the years he made football history for the Navy. I really miss you, my e-mail friend.
God bless you Buddy, you have now joined with the dearest men in my life.

Oma Jean (Matthews) Stevenson

Robert R Meyer

3 November 2018

Buddy was a standout football player during my years at the Academy and for many years at the USNAAA luncheons.. His stories about the Navy and fatherhood were funny and serious. His yearly presentations on Navy football will be sorely missed. May the winds be fair and the seas be calm in the hereafter.

Bob Meyer '60

Bart Jealous

2 November 2018

Buddy was a winner. Not only in the Cotton Bowl, but in everything he did for the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of the USNAAA.
As the guy responsible for speakers at our chapter luncheons, I penciled in Buddy's name every year for our first fall meeting. His predictions for the upcoming football season were like money in the bank.
Buddy never lacked confidence, but one time I gave him pause. Our speaker had cancelled at the last moment. We were meeting at Brennan's and had a big crowd. Then I saw Buddy. Could he come up with something? He was taken aback , and said to hive him a couple of minutes. Twenty minutes later he gave a terrific talk on the Barbary pirates. Another top performance by Buddy!

Henry Mauz

30 October 2018

I remember our years together in the 11th Company at the Naval Academy and in the fleet afterwards with great fondness. Buddy Wellborn was a friend and one of those rare men who are seem bigger than life. He carried that wonderful spirit with him after he retired from the Navy and was a most loyal and dedicated graduate of the Naval Academy. We will all miss him.

Thom Holt

30 October 2018

Buddy Wellborn was, and always will be , Mr. Football for our Gulf Cosst Chapter.
Buddy and I would often joke about the Aggies since I live in College Station just off Wellborn Road in what once was the the unincorporated town of Wellborn. We had that in common and he never failed to ask how we were doing. A man with a keen sense of honor and commitment whose smile and stories will be missed. THH

Ed Klein

29 October 2018

I met Buddy through the USNA Alumni Association (Houston), and he was a friend for 25+ years. I greatly respected him for his many accomplishments. He was a “lifelong learner” before that term was invented. He loved to talk about global politics, seapower, world history, leadership, and football. I knew him to be an exemplary retired Naval Officer and patriot.

During our alumni dinners, we always reserved the last toast for Buddy. He would paraphrase the famous toast given by Commodore Stephen Decatur (1816), “Our Country! May she always be right; but our country, right or wrong!” We will miss him. Ed Klein ’72

Richard Bulger

28 October 2018

Buddy was an active member of our USNA Alumni Association – Texas Gulf Coast Chapter for many years. He has given us a “Preview of Navy Football” for the up coming season every September for more than 10 years. It was always one of the best-attended luncheons with everyone enjoying his predictions for the upcoming season and many colorful stories of Navy football in the past. I sat with Buddy at many football watch parties and enjoyed his insightful commentary during the games. Buddy was always asked to give a toast at our dinners because we knew it would always be interesting and well presented. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Rich Bulger ‘69

Tom Solak

27 October 2018

Buddy's always been a hero in my book. Throughout our Midshipman days on the football field and in the hall, in his Naval career, and in his post-service life . God rest his soul! Tom Solak '60.

John Butterfield

26 October 2018

Buddy Wellborn was a friend, classmate, leader father figure who set the highest standards. When I was Class Secretary Buddy was so good to pass on news of classmates and their kin. He kept us informed. He was very thoughtful. We miss him for sure! God Bless! Butter

Vic Fredda

26 October 2018

Nancy and I send our sincere condolences to Buddy's family. We have shared many of his navy football analyses over the years and often visited with him at the home of our family Jim and Peggy Fredericksen in Dickinson. Jim and I graduated from USNA in 1958 and watched many of the Navy games that Buddy played/starred in. RIP to a fine man and friend.