'Bubba Circle' erases street's link to tragedy

WARRENVILLE - You might end up as the butt of redneck jokes if you live on Bubba Circle.

Especially when you're the one who picked the street name.

But the folks living on what will soon be the former Munn Drive say they're perfectly happy with the name they've chosen for their small, private road in Warrenville.

It's better than living on a street named after a murderer, they say.

People may laugh, but the story behind Bubba Circle isn't as funny below the surface.

Thirteen years ago, Deborah Munn was murdered by her estranged husband, shot dead in her home on that road.

John Jacob Munn was sentenced in 1995 to life in prison after pleading guilty, but Steven Arthurs, Mrs. Munn's nephew, and his family couldn't forget his name. It was right there, marking where they live.

"It was a memory we wanted to lose," Mr. Arthurs said.

So after his father, who once went by Bubba, gave him land on Munn Drive, the family decided to change the street name.

They originally wanted to rename their street Arthurs Circle, but the county would not approve that choice because a neighboring street is called Arthurs Drive.

So, because Mr. Arthurs is also called Bubba, that's what they chose.

Mr. Arthurs said he plans to one day bequeath the property to his son, Matthew. He and his wife, Emily, live on Munn Drive with Matthew and their daughter, Destiny.

Now the street will be a nice family memory, Mr. Arthurs said, instead of a reminder of tragedy.

No one objected to the proposed name change after the county posted it, said Debra Folk, of the county's E-911 addressing office.

That's not surprising. Mr. Arthurs said his family populates that part of Warrenville.

It was definitely one of the more unusual road name requests the county has received.

When Bubba Circle came up at the recent county council meeting, it didn't get any opposition, just a few laughs at the odd choice.

Mr. Arthurs said he knows people might think it's funny.

"I'm a redneck anyway, so it don't matter," he said.

And if his son is one day teased about it, "he can just laugh and say, 'It was my dad's name.'"

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