Dr. John Fraser Hubbell, Ed. D.
God broke our hearts the other day, when He took our precious John away. Praise be to God. It is impossible to comprehend; it is difficult to bear the loss of one who has nurtured your spirit and filled your heart, tickled your mind and soothed your soul.
Dr. John Fraser Hubbell was born in Waco, Texas on August 15, 1954. He received his BA in Fine Arts at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, before earning his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Education degrees at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as both Clinical Director and Clinician for the Pine Belt Mental HealthCare Resources in Hattiesburg, Mississippi for 22 years. He also shared his considerable musical gifts by serving in the capacity of Minister of Music at several area churches, including First Baptist Church of Brooklyn, Grace Chapel Baptist Church, and First Baptist Church of McLaurin, often performing solos in church, weddings, and funerals.
He was an ordained minister. When he spoke, he always spoke truth straight from the heart whether there was a pulpit before him or not. He belonged to the very rare stratosphere of human beings as one who could accurately be called an honest man. He also was an ordained Deacon.
John was a quiet, humble man with a beautiful servant heart. He listened intently and responded modestly with astute observations. He cared deeply, believed firmly, and gave selflessly. He was full of compassion and understanding. He was a model of integrity who was faithful to his extended family and who adored his wife and children.
John loved with all his being, and that love is being felt by all who knew him as we deeply grieve our loss. But through our tears we smile inside, for we know he is free now. Nothing can prevent him from his desire to be in the Presence of God; he has arrived.
He was a songwriter, too, and a guitar soloist with a skillful touch and an angelic voice. He wrote and sang "Oh Lord I want to go home..."and "Help me know my life is brief..." Mostly they were songs of praise and glory. And there was an artist inside him. And a carpenter and an attitude that said, "I can do anything I put my mind to."
Being a shy and reserved man by nature, it was a courageous deed for him to publicly express his heart's desire. He just wanted to glorify God. And he did.
Funeral services to honor our memories of John will be held at the First Baptist Church of Brooklyn on Friday, March 15, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. John's wake will be Thursday night 5:00-9:00 p.m. on March 14, 2013 at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home.
He is survived by his wife, Ladeen, two daughters, Jessica and Penny (Steven); and his son, Joshua; five grandchildren, Courtney, James, Anna Beth, Aiden, and Peyton, as well as five brothers, Allan (Nancy), Richard (Kathy), David, Steven (Diana), Shiles (Kellye), and a sister, Ruth (Brett). Also a number of nieces and nephews.
We miss you, John. We will always love you. Until we meet again, thank you for sharing your remarkable life with us.
Published in the Hattiesburg American on Mar. 14, 2013