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Joe Hubb Collier
Sep 22, 1921 - Mar 16, 2009
Posted by Sherry
Davis Funeral Home
Joe Hubb Collier, born on September 22,
1921, departed this life on March 16th, 2009 at the age of 87 years. Joe
Hubb was the second of three sons born to Clifton and Carrie Moseley
Collier. He was born in Ringling, OK, but moved to Artesia, NM by way of
Loop and Friona, TX. He entered school there in the 5th grade and graduated
from Artesia High School in 1937. After attending New Mexico State
University for one semester, he answered his dad’s urgent request to return
home to the farm where he farmed 250 acres of cotton, alfalfa and row
The family later moved back to Friona where
Hubb continued farming. During this time, his mom invited him to go with
her to the local revival meeting. On the second night of the meeting, he
made the decision that would forever change his life; He accepted Jesus into
his heart and life. Hubb’s career in farming came to an end when he was
drafted into the military. He sold the farm, moved his mom back to Ringling
and joined the Naval Air Corp where he served for 3 years with Squadrons
198, 200, and 98.
On November 30, 1946, Joe Hubb married Jerri
Smith, a beautician, from Lone Grove, OK. They became best friends and
partners in marriage for the next 62 years. They have three children: Jo
Nell Collier of Muskogee, OK; Jerry Sue Hollis of Bolivar, MO; and Ron
Collier of Collierville, TN.
Joe Hubb made a living working in the
oilfield and in oilfield supply. During this time, the Lord led him to take
his pastor to an Evangelism Conference in Albuquerque, NM where he
surrendered to preach the gospel under the preaching and guidance of Dr. W.A.
Criswell. At the end of the service, Dr. Criswell shared Joe Hubb’s
decision with the congregation and proclaimed him a “Giant for God.” He
returned home and practiced preaching to the oil wells that he was pumping.
Hubb moved his family to Shawnee and
attended Oklahoma Baptist University from 1958-1962 while working at Tinker
Air Force Base and preaching at churches in the area. In his preaching
career, he pastored 28 churches in OK, TX, and MO starting 11 from scratch.
With the Lord’s help, he became adept at growing the membership in the
Sunday School and church at each location to which he was led. Throughout
his years of serving the Lord, he taught classes at Falls Creek and served
on various committees of the Southern Baptist Convention at the
associational, state and national levels.
Like another well known Okie, Joe Hubb never
met a man (or woman or child) that he didn’t like. But a difference was
that Joe Hubb would (1) make sure that the folks he met knew Jesus as their
personal Savior and (2) that they were attending Sunday School and church.
He had a rare, but wonderful, reputation of witnessing to anything that
moved. This activity continued up until the day that he went home to be
with His Lord.
Preceding Joe Hubb in death were his parents
and his brothers, Rayburn Collier and David C. Collier.
He is survived by his loving wife Jerri,
three children, seven grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren. Other
survivors include two sister-in-laws, Mary Collier of Roswell, New Mexico
and Jimmie Collier of Artesia, New Mexico, along with a host of friends.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday,
March 19, 2009 at 10 am at Olivet Baptist Church in Tulsa, OK.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to
the Baptist Children’s Home in Tulsa, OK.
Burial will be held Thursday afternoon, at 4
P.M. in the Lone Grove Cemetery at Lone Grove, OK.
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