In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Linwood Gantt, Jr. ~ 1948-2014

The Hubbard Alumni Association (HAA) celebrates the life, contributions, and legacy of Linwood Gantt, Jr. Linwood was born January 14, 1948 in Forsyth, GA to the parentage of Linwood and Mary Frances Jackson Gantt and was the second of nine children.

Linwood attended Hubbard Elementary School in 1954 and graduated from Hubbard High School in 1966 as president of his class, a position that he held and served in until his untimely death. He attended Morris Brown College in Atlanta, GA and then joined the U.S. Army from 1968 through 1970.

Linwood completed technical training in heating and air conditioning and began his life's career initially employed at Sears and later employed and retiring from Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, GA in the Civil Engineering Department after 35 years. He was also an entrepreneur, working as an independent heating & A/C contractor.

In 1971, Linwood married Marilyn Stubbs and they had one daughter, Monica Lynn. The couple divorced but loved and raised their daughter as good friends. He continued living in Warner Robins.

Linwood, a born leader, loved his family, friends, church (St. Luke A.M.E.), the Hubbard Class of 1966, the Hubbard Alumni Association, his work, his Impalas, and the Fort Valley State University Wildcats. He gave generously of his time and finances. He was a man of service and action and never met a stranger.

Linwood died on August 27, 2014 in an automobile accident outside of Warner Robins on Interstate 75. He was on his way to Forsyth to repair the A/C at his beloved St. Luke A.M.E. Church where he served as Chief Steward, a role previously held by his father.

We will miss Linwood's infectious upbeat personality, his love of dancing and his love of people. He was genuinely loved and respected throughout his life by those who knew him and the communities he lived in. We are saddened by Linwood's passing, but we celebrate the fact that he lived!

June Aloha Hubbard ~ 1943-2014

June Aloha Hubbard, the second child of Louise Garrett Hubbard and Samuel Edwin Hubbard was born on February 7, 1943 in Forsyth, GA.

June completd her elementary and secondary education at the Hubbard Elementary and High Schools in Forsyth. June's extraordinary buoyancy and persevering essence is borne out by the fact that despite early childhood health complications, she completed her undergraduate work in Art at Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia and at Tift College in Forsyth. June was an accomplished painter and her paintings are on display in scores of homes throughout the USA.

June enthusiastically participated in church and community service. She especially enjoyed singing in the church choir for many years at St. Luke A.M.E. Church. She also taught Bible School and participated in missionary activities of service. She was a "Gray Lady" volunteer at the Monroe County Hospital and truly loved her duties in the gift shop. June spoke often of her involvement with blood donor drives, voter registration, and getting up early to assist at the polls.

She especially liked to travel. June loved long train rides, often commenting on the beauty of the landscapes while en rourte to California. She spent extensive time with adoring relatives in Pasadena, California and with her sister in Chicago. Her repeated visits wer also welcomed by relatives in New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.

June never dwelt on her lifelong disability, nor shall we, at present. She exuded a particular kind of serenity, possessed an indefatigable spirit and cheerful optimism. We were all quite fond of her mischievous sense of humor. To anyone commenting on or questioning the reason for her job, June was quick to share her experiences of the mercy of God and her faith in Jesus Christ. Her shining example of courage, honor, and strength inspired all who knew her.

June was preceded in death by her brother, Samuel Louis Hubbard. She left a loving and devoted family, including her sister Carole Hubbard Butler; two nephews, Cecil Carter Butler, Jr. of Chicago and Samuel Hubbard Butler of Oak Park, Illinois; and her many adoring cousins residing from coast to coast in this country.
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