In memory of
John Thomas Hubbard
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In memory of
John Thomas Hubbard
Tarboro - James Thomas Hubbard 93, of Tarboro, North Carolina, died Thursday, October 13, 2016. James was born March 3, 1923 in Charlotte, NC. He was the son of the late Robert C. and Lillie Scarborough Hubbard and was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Evelyn Williams Hubbard. Mr. Hubbard took great pride in serving our country with the 45th Infantry Division during WWII. He was attending the Charlotte Clippers vs. Norfolk Shamrocks football game on December 7, 1941 when the announcement came over the speaker system that Pearl Harbor had been attacked…as he put it (with his ever-present sense of humor), "no one seemed to know where Peal Harbor was even located but it surely didn't take us long to find out". He fought in campaigns in North Africa, Italy, Sicily, France and Germany, earning both the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Jim, as he was known to friends, enjoyed a long career in the retail business after his Army service. He first began with Efirds Dept. Stores in Chester, SC, later transferring to Greenville, NC and Statesville, NC. Jim continued with Belk Stores when they merged with Efirds in Tarboro and Rocky Mount, NC before retiring in 1984 after 40 years of service. Jim's parents had instilled in him the great importance of love; love of God, love of Country & Family and love for and toward his fellowman. He managed to always find ways to portray those values by actively participating over the years in several different civic organizations: Jaycees, Lions, Rotary, Masons, American Legion, Civitans, Elks and Kiwanis clubs, as well as helping establish and serving as the first President of the Golden K Club in Rocky Mount and continuing as a member once he returned to Tarboro. Jim served 17 years on the Rocky Mount City Council and was an active member in the Methodist Church, serving as a Deacon, President of Methodist Men and President of his Sunday School Class. Over his many years Jim served as Chairman of the Board of Edgecombe General Hospital, President of Tarboro Chamber of Commerce and Merchants Association, Chairman of the United Fund Campaign, Advisory Board of Rocky Mount Homeless Shelter, Board of Directors of Nash-Edgecombe Economic Development Corp., Board of Directors of Unity Bank, Chairman of the State Board Economic Development NCLOM, steering committee for the National League of Cities, and State Board of Directors-Transit Committee. However, perhaps the highlight of Jims many years of public service was being appointed to the commission for planning as well as attending the 50th reunion of the Battle for Anzio & Liberation of Rome in 1994. He was a true public servant who loved life and meeting people. He always counted himself blessed for having made so many friendships during his lifetime. Mr. Hubbard is survived by his children, Ronald L. Hubbard and wife, Angie, of Augusta, Georgia and Lyla H. Washburn and husband, Kent of Greenville, NC. Also surviving him are 4 grandchildren, Stacy H. Alberto and husband Guillermo, Viola Hartenstein and husband Craig, Nicholas H. Washburn and Alex T. Washburn and wife Kimberly, and 5 great grandchildren Isabella Alberto, Leonardo "Leo" Washburn and Dominic, Dorian & Lillian Hartenstein. The family wishes to thank the staff of The Fountains of The Albemarle and Vidant-Edgecombe Hospital for all they did to help make Jim's last months as comfortable as possible and for all their acts of kindness and compassion. A Celebration of Life will be held, Friday, October 21 at Carlisle Funeral Home, Tarboro, NC at 11:00 am. Visitation with the family will be held at the same location immediately preceding the service from 10 am to 11 am. Per Jim's wishes, in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to any church or charity of your choice or to First United Methodist Church, Rocky Mount, N.C. 27804, St. James United Methodist, Tarboro, NC 27886 or the Tarboro Veterans Museum. Online condolences may be directed to the family by visitingwww.carlislefuneralhome.com
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