2017-11-29 / Obituaries

Charles Edward Hubbard

Charles Edward Hubbard, 81, died at his home, on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017.
He was born in Danville, Virginia, to the late Percy and Frances Hubbard.
He was also predeceased by a brother, Frank Hubbard.
Charlie, as everyone called him, graduated from George Washington High School in Danville, Virginia, in 1954.  He said one of his most proud accomplishment to this day was his membership on the high school baseball team which won consecutive State Championships in 1953 and 1954.  After graduation from high school, Charlie was drafted into the Navy and served two years in the Dental Corps.  After his discharge, he attended Hampden Sydney College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  From there, he went on to receive his law degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.
Charlie began the practice of law in Hillsborough, but shortly thereafter, he and his wife, Betty, made their home in Roxboro.  He began his practice with the late Robert Satterfield but later joined local attorney James Ramsey’s firm for the next 15 years, at which time he moved his practice to 36 Court Street, where he practiced with Walter Cates and Linwood Cates.  
Charlie was recently honored by the North Carolina State Bar in recognition of his 50 years in the practice of law. He was so proud of attaining that honor with the State Bar.  Charlie believed that the law profession was still a noble one and he always conveyed this to his fellow bar members as well as those who were just beginning their career as attorneys.  He stressed that collegiality was very important within the Person and Caswell County bar and it was this same bar that recently named a Collegiality Award in Charlie’s honor for his dedication to excellence in the bar.
An avid reader, student and lover of history, Charlie especially enjoyed supporting the Person County Museum of History. His personal library contained many, many books on the Civil War, and World Wars I and II.
He enjoyed taking day trips to locate local veterans’ monuments and homes.
Charlie loved tracing his family history and had traced his ancestors back to the French Huguenots of South Carolina.  He was most proud of his induction into The French Huguenot Society of South Carolina and wore his lapel pin always.
Charlie called Roxboro and Person County home but was quick to point out he was not a native.  That did not deter him from supporting his community and giving back to those here.  He was a great benefactor of all athletic programs at Person High School and Roxboro Community School.  He was known to be quite generous and more often than not, those who benefited from his generosity had no idea that he was responsible for it.  He preferred it that way.
If you were in law enforcement, Charlie was your friend. His respect for law enforcement and the officers was evident in and out of the courtroom.  The North Carolina State Highway Patrol was the one agency that probably benefited the most from his constant lobbying for better equipment, protective vests, and a driving course.  He supported the Virginia State Police organization as well and spent the last several years promoting the camaraderie of the two state agencies.  The North Carolina State Highway Patrol honored Charlie’s dedication to the agency by awarding him the status of “Honorary State Trooper.”
Charlie is survived by his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth Scism Hubbard, “Lady Bea,” as he most often referred to her; his sister, Mary Ann H. Shelton of Danville, Virginia; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by his office family at the Hubbard and Cates Law Firm and last, but not least, his furry companion, Dusty, the cat.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, at the Brooks & White Chapel by the Rev. Herbert Brown and the Rev. Stan Brown.  Burial followed in Mountain View Cemetery, Danville, Virginia.  
Pallbearers were the North Carolina State Highway Patrol Honor Guard. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Person and Caswell Bar Association.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a church or charity of one’s choice.
Condolences may be sent at www.brooksandwhite.com.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” — Sir Winston Churchill

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