Ceola Eugene Hubbard was born June 25, 1935, in Kingsland to the late Vivian Mae Hubbard and Arthur Hubbard. He was the eldest of 13 children.
Eugene was educated in the public schools in St. Marys. After high school, he attended and graduated from Savannah State College, majoring in chemistry and mathematics. He furthered his education by receiving a master of operations research from Georgia Washington University and a master of business/public administration from Southeastern University.
Eugene accepted Jesus Christ at an early age. He was baptized at Young Zion Baptist Church in Woodsville. When his career led him to the Washington, D.C., area, he became a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church. When a prolonged illness caused him to move to Hampton, Va., he became a part of Word, Will, Way of God Deliverance Ministry.
On June 1, 1963, he married Josephine Pollard in a double wedding ceremony with her sister, Lavinia. From this union, two children were born, Christopher Eugene and Cynthia Loraine. Though they only had two natural children, their house was always open for anyone who needed that family touch.
He was a civic-minded individual and served on many community boards and auxiliaries in leadership positions. His most recent committees were the Arlington View Civic Association, Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization, Arlington County Form Base Code Committee, Arlington Housing Solution Board, Arlington Community Action Program and Arlington Transportation Commission.
Eugene was also the guiding force behind the Character Club for a diverse group of young men from Hoffman-Boston Elementary School.
Eugene was a devout man of God. He ministered at all times and spoke only when necessary. He was a longtime member of Gideons International, Boy Scouts of America and the Baptist General Convention of Virginia. His service to the Baptist Training Union, Sunday school, trustee board, deacon board and many other ministries at Mount Olive and beyond are more than any sheet of paper can hold.
On Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 22, 2019, God reaped the harvest seed we affectionately call Daddy, Grandpa, Pop, Deac and Gene from labor to the place prepared for him by Jesus Christ.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 43 years, Josephine P. Hubbard; and two brothers, Arthur Lewis Hubbard and Michael J. Hubbard.
Eugene leaves to cherish his memory and legacy, one son, Christopher E. Hubbard; one daughter, Cynthia L. Wooten and son-in-law Wesley I. Wooten Jr.; Linda A. Briggs as one who is like a daughter; a nephew he viewed as a son, Wesley L. Days Sr.; sister-in-law, Lavinia P. Barnes; six brothers, Hosea Hubbard Sr. (Sarah), Wardell Hubbard Sr., Willie Hubbard Sr. (Willie Marie), Jack Hubbard, Sterling Hubbard Sr. and Enoch Hubbard Sr.; four sisters, Evelyn Sabb (Lee), Vola McCartney, Fannie Richo and Fostina Mitchell; four grandchildren, Wesley I. Wooten IV, Cherise I. Wooten, Warren I. Wooten and Cerena I. Wooten; one great-grandchild, Kobe X. Wooten; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, godchildren, cousins and friends that became family and two church families Mount Olive Baptist Church of Arlington, Va., and Word, Will, Way of God Deliverance Ministry of Hampton, Va.
A viewing was held at 9 a.m. Jan. 29 followed by a celebration of life at 11 a.m. at Mount Olive Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. James E. Victor Jr. officiating.