William Shelby Hubbard, Sr. passed into the arms of Jesus on Monday, March 14, 2022 at his home in Florence. He was 83 years old. The family will receive friends for visitation on Thursday, March 17th from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Hickory Ridge Baptist Church in Florence. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the church. He will be laid to rest at Bethesda Presbyterian Cemetery in Edwards, MS at 2:00 p.m. Shelby was born February 4, 1939 to the late Melvin and Julia Hubbard. He was born in Learned, raised in Utica where he attended school, and has called Florence home for the last 16 years. He entered the U.S. Air Force at the age of 17 and was married at the age of 18. He worked in convenience stores all over the area. He was saved at the age of 69 and went about telling everyone about Jesus. He has been a member of Hickory Ridge Baptist Church since 2015. He was also a member of Gideons International- Pearl Camp. Along with his parents, Shelby is also preceded in death by his son, Billy Hubbard; and his grandchildren, Jonathan Robert Hubbard, Stephen Anthony Hubbard, and Jonathan Young Hubbard, Jr. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ruth Hubbard of Florence; sons, Young Hubbard of Florence and Bobby Hubbard of Florence; daughter Becky Wilhelm of Florence; brothers, M.J. Hubbard of Vicksburg and Tony Hubbard of Utica; sister, Nina Bell Stinson of Tylertown; 12 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Online guestbook may be signed at www.chancellorfunerlahome.com.
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