Beginning his Village adventure in 1959, Bubba's roots are firmly planted in the soil of this place we call home. After tossing his graduation cap at John Marshall High, he embarked on a journey of higher education at the University of Oklahoma. After dedicating six years to service in the 745 military police and National Guard Reserves, Bubba returned to The Village. Here, he and his wife crafted a love story lasting over 54 years, complete with four kids and a growing brood of eight grandchildren.
Throughout his 38-year career in the construction division at Price Edwards & Co, Bubba’s commitment to his community shone as he witnessed The Village evolve. Fondly recalling his childhood, he cherishes memories of watching movies at the Twilight Gardens Drive-In Theatre from his childhood home on Berkshire Way, exploring the grounds of the old Wyle Post Airfield hangar and airport, and walking his family dog to Hefner Lake.
With over 20 years in office and 5 terms as Mayor, Bubba actively contributed to projects that shaped The Village’s landscape. Notably, Bubba was instrumental in navigating and planning the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) agreement that brought the civic area to The Village. His leadership extended to helping secure the first bond issues for parks, roads, and improvements in The Village. Bubba also played a pivotal role in bringing the Crossings Community Clinic and Uptown Grocery to The Village.
Bubba Symes' commitment and collaborative spirit have left an enduring impact on The Village’s progress and the quality of life for its residents.