Hubert H. East

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  • "What a wonderful tribute. He sounds like such an awesome..."
    - Mary Gabbett (granddaughter of Chesley East)
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    - Z.R. East
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Funeral service for Hubert H. East, 86, will be Monday, 1 p.m., Aug 18, 2014, at the chapel of Gray Brown-Service Mortuary in Anniston with Bro. Scott Whetstone and Bro Roy Cordle officiating. Burial will follow at Forestlawn Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday, August 17, 2014, at the funeral home. Mr. East died at Noland hospital at RMC early Friday morning. Survivors include his wife and lifelong companion of 63 years, Betty T East; one daughter, Cheryl Hays (Gary) and 2 grandsons, Joshua and Zachery Hays. He also had 2 grand pets, Mollie and Ellie who loved to sit in his lap when he came to visit. He is preceded in death by his parents, Maudie Davis East and John Milford East; four brothers and two sisters. Pallbearers will be Joshua Hays, Zachery Hays, Bobby Wages, Mike Knight, Cabot Holt and Paul Jeffres. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Hays, Jimmy Carden, Ron Suggs, Rick Hale, Jim Baird, nephews and the ladies in the WMU of New Haven Baptist Church. Now breaking from the traditional format, I would like to tell you about this man who I have been blessed to call my dad for 52 years. He was born on July 10, 1928 in Randolph County. He once told the local grocer his idea of putting turning indicators on all vehicles. What a great idea! Too bad the grocer wasn't named Ford. He served in the US Air Force 3 years before meeting my mom. He met her one day while riding down the road. Yep, he literally turned the car around and went back to meet her. They were married on her birthday on September 30, 1950. He moved to Indiana for work, but it was over eleven years before having a child. This was not his plan, but God's. My dad had a horrible eye accident at the age of 30 that he thought would leave him blind; it did not and two weeks later discovered he was going to be a dad...he wanted a girl! Before age 3, I had 2 fancy go carts with colored pedals and wooden moveable doors. By age eight I had my own mini bike followed by a Honda trail 70 and a dune cat. My dad and I rode often and foot raced. We watered the grass and worked on cars. Many summers were spent at the beach and where he taught me to swim, oh if only my diving and swimming style looked like his! We went to the river and he taught me to ski, along with many of my friends. We waltzed and watched Bama football. We built campers, traveled on vacations and he walked me down the aisle. Gary remembers what my dad said to him that day, "Love the Lord and stay in church." He patiently taught my husband most everything he could, leading by example. He was patient and kind, always teaching. On the night of February 19, 1987, he slept on a newspaper bed on the floor of RMC awaiting his first grandson Josh and was present at the scheduled arrival of grandson number two, Zachery on January 19, 1995. We celebrated more birthdays, anniversaries and built houses. Much time was spent laughing and fishing (mostly spending his time unhooking my fishing pole, but again, never complaining). We practiced and sang for hours before he would get up and lead the small church congregation in song and after church Sunday dinner would await us. I could go on but space is short. This wonderful man would tell you about life and how to save money. His life has been a service of helping and teaching others. He loved the Lord, he loved his family deeply, and he loved his friends. Even though he has been very sick throughout the past few years, he never complained. He was always fine or OK. He will be deeply missed by those who knew him and loved him. It has truly been an honor to call this man my dad. God has blessed me with Godly parents and I know when I enter the gates of heaven, my dad will be waiting and the first to say... "Hello there you with the stars in your eyes, good to see you!" I love you Hubert East. You always will be my inspiration and role model. What a man... What a sweet life! His last words to me, through the mask that was trying to save his life were, "I love you, I love you." He loved flowers, cards and gifts but mostly just visits from friends and family. If you are reading this, just your presence with us on this day to celebrate his life is all we, and he, will need. He loved the Lord, he passed it on! Gray Brown-Service Mortuary in charge of arrangements. (256) 236-3441 Online condolences made at
Published in The Anniston Star on Aug. 17, 2014
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1329 Wilmer Ave | Anniston, AL 362014651 | (256) 236-3441
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