Willis Hubert
Murray Brothers Funeral Home - SW Atlanta
1199 Utoy Springs Rd, SW 
Atlanta, GA

Family-Placed Death Notice

WILLIS J. HUBERT Willis J. Hubert of Atlanta, Georgia died on Friday, May 11, 2007. After a distinguished military career in which he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Dr. Hubert became Academic Dean and, later, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Morehouse College. In 1943, he entered the U.S. Air Force (until 1947, the U.S. Army Air Corps) and trained at Tuskegee Army Air Field, where he was one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, under the command of General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. During a military career of 27 years, he had tours of duty in Europe and the Pacific, and he was the first African American to earn M.A. and Ph.D. degrees while on active duty, as well as the first to complete the Harvard Business School (Military Co-op) Statistics Training Program. As a Tuskegee Airman, he was awarded, in absentia, the Congressional Gold Medal on March 29, 2007 at a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. Dr. Hubert was born in Savannah, Georgia on May 9, 1919, the youngest child of Lillie Jones Hubert and John Wesley Hubert. He graduated in 1936 from Cuyler-Beach High School, where his father was principal and his mother was a former teacher. After receiving a B. S. degree in 1940 from Hampton Institute, he completed requirements for an M.A. degree in rural sociology at Fisk University and then taught at Trinity High School in Athens, Georgia for a year. He later earned an M.A. degree from New York University, as well as a Ph.D. degree from NYU in 1961. A member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, he was active in several professional organizations, serving as president of the Southern Conference of Deans of Faculties and Academic Vice Presidents and as First Vice President of the National Association of College Deans, Registrars and Admissions Officers. He was a long-time member of Friendship Baptist Church. His devoted wife of 56 years, Evelyn Robinson Hubert, predeceased him in 2001, and he is survived by a daughter, Renee Camille Hubert of Atlanta, GA; a son, Robin W. Hubert of Dallas, TX; two sisters, Beautine DeCosta-Lee of Washington, DC. and Mamie E. Russell of Silver Spring, MD; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Friday, May 18 at 10:00 a.m. until hour of service at 11:00 a. m. in our Cascade Chapel. Interment Forest Lawn Memorial Garden. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society; 2970 Clairmont Rd., N. E., Ste. 840; Atlanta, GA 30329. Murray Brothers Cascade Chapel, 1199 Utoy Springs Rd. SW (corner of Cascade Rd. near I-285), 404-349-3000, mbfh.com
Published by Atlanta Journal-Constitution from May 15 to May 17, 2007.
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Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Class of 1949, Hampton University The Forty-Niners
July 17, 2007
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Beach-Cuyler Class of 1944
July 17, 2007
Bright momments and the pursuit of happiness are what we all work toward in this life here on earth. Mr. Willis Hubert seemed to have accomplished that and much more. Rest well, Sir. Massive applause and honor are appropriate for a life well lived. Take wings and fly.
Sonjia D. Hubert Harper aka
July 1, 2007
With your demise the world is a little less bright.

It is no less than divine intervention our paths crossed February 2006. Although on the physical plane our lives were interwoven for just a short time, in spirit we're infinitely connected. I will forever cherish our time together...travelling with you to your birthhome in Savannah, to the Hubert House at Comeaway Plantation where your ancestors were enslaved, watching your expression from your hospital bed when Renee presented you your Tuskegee Airmen Congressional Gold Medal that as your guest (in your absence), I brought back from Wash., D.C.-- "THANK-YOU", Willis, and to God for so many wonderful memories.
Zellie Orr
May 23, 2007
This was sent to me by my Uncle Warren Hubert Courts and Great Uncle Dr. Charles Hubert. I regret that I was informed of the passing of a family member that I knew about but never had the honor of meeting. I sympathize with your greif, please accept my prayers and condolences on behalf of myself and my brother, Paul Hubert Courts II (Dallas, Tx).
Monique R. Courts, CPT(P), USA
May 17, 2007
I was a student under his Father, and Uncle Benjamin F. Hubert in Savannah. He and I as children played together on Ogechee Rd. in Savannah Ga. at his father's house. I offer my condolence to his family.
Charles E. Hubert , PhD
May 17, 2007
I will always remember how supportive my uncle, Willis Hubert, was of my family. He participated in many of the important events of my life--my marriage and the marriage of my daughter. He was always there for my son when he attended Morehouse and for my daughter, when she was a student at Spelman. He was a wonderful man who loved his family.
Miriam DeCosta-Willis
May 17, 2007
Willis was an active member of the Atlanta Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen and such a pleasure to know and be in the company of. He will be remembered as I had never seem him without a smile on his face and what he and others before him have contributed to our country as well as paving the way for African Americans. May God bless you and your family. We'll miss you, Willis
Cherilyn Heyliger
May 16, 2007
Willis was my mother's cousin and I will always remember this handsome, handsome man. He was a distinguished man whom anyone would be proud to know. He will be missed, both in Atlanta and the "the country" as the Hubert family property is called in Hancock County, Georgia. Rest on, my cousin. You leave a great legacy to all of us. We can only dream that we will follow in your footsteps.
Leola Hubbard
May 15, 2007
Uncle Willis you gave much love to the family and the world. I will forever have fond memories of your stories of growing up deep in the country at the Hancock family log cabin, and your many stories of seeing my Grandmother Beautine's pony tails flying through the wind as you chased her through the tall, overgrown fields. It has been an honor to be a relative of yours. The world is a better place because of you. Love and best wishes always to Renee, Robin, and all of us who live on without you.
Monique Sugarmon
May 15, 2007
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