Julius C. Hubbard Jr. WILKESBORO - Julius C. Hubbard Jr., 84, co-publisher of the Wilkes Journal-Patriot in North Wilkesboro and the Alleghany News in Sparta, died Friday at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem after a brief illness. Mr. Hubbard was born Feb. 15, 1930, in North Wilkesboro to Julius C. and Nellie White Hubbard. He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Dorothy Shiver Hubbard, and his brother, John W. Hubbard. Mr. Hubbard began working part-time at the Wilkes Journal-Patriot while in high school in the 1940s and started working there full-time in 1956. He also was president of Carter-Hubbard Publishing Co. He was a graduate of Wilkesboro High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received a degree in journalism. Mr. Hubbard was in the U.S. Air Force for four years, serving as editor of the base newspaper in Tampa, Fla., and in South Korea when the Korean War was ending and immediately afterwards. Returning to Wilkesboro after being discharged, Mr. Hubbard served on the combined Wilkes County/North Wilkesboro school board for Wilkes Central High School. He also was on the Wilkes County Joint Planning Board and on the boards of the local American Red Cross chapter (also as vice president), Wilkes Chamber of Commerce, North Wilkesboro Kiwanis Club, Mountain Park Cemetery and UNC Journalism Foundation. He was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1142. He was a member of Wilkesboro United Methodist Church, where he was director of the administrative board, twice served as finance committee chairman and on various committees. He is survived by his children, Frances Hubbard Hayes and husband, Vaughn, of North Wilkesboro; Nellie Hubbard Archibald and husband, Jim, of Wilkesboro; Jule Hubbard and wife, Laura, of Wilkesboro and one sister, Nell Hubbard Domeck of Louisville, Ky. Other survivors include grandchildren Mary Frances Archibald, Patrick Archibald, Sarah Hubbard, Miles Hubbard, Van Hubbard and Loyanna Hubbard, all of Wilkesboro; Emily Mathis of Albuquerque, N.M., and Barbara Mathis West and husband, Nathan, of Greensboro. He also is survived by a great-grandchild, Aubrey Caroline West, of Greensboro. Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Wilkesboro United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Andrew Brown, pastor of the church, in charge. Visitation is at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the church's Heritage Room. Burial will be at Mountain Park Cemetery in Wilkesboro. Memorials may be made to Wilkesboro United Methodist Church at P.O. Box 197, Wilkesboro, N.C., 28697.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on Aug. 3, 2014