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Obituary Edwin Archibald Hubbard



Edwin Archibald Hubbard, 83, of Raleigh, North Carolina, passed away on October 23, 2002. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dorothy Bell Hubbard; his son, Michael Bell Hubbard of Sanford, North Carolina; his daughter, Margaret Elaine Hubbard of Shelbyville, Tennessee; three grandchildren, Jed Browning, Laurel Ledbetter, and Jamie Neil Womble; his brother, Rev. Charles Spence Hubbard; his niece, Rev. Martha Hubbard Forrest; and nephews, Charles Spence Hubbard, Jr., Thomas Edwin Hubbard, and John Spaugh Hubbard.

An avid horseman, he served on the board of directors of the Breeder’s Association, and he attended the Celebration for 41 years. Mr. Hubbard owned and operated Hubbard Farm and Stables, a facility engaged in breeding, training, showing, and selling Tennessee Walking Horses. He owned many great horses including Super Sport, Sun’s Dixie Delight, Shadow’s Sterling, Dow’s Super Son, Society Sun’s Delight, Go Boy’s Crimson Tide, Mighty Man’s Rascal, Dr. Pepper Shaker, and Sun’s Star Wars.

Edwin graduated in 1940 from the University of North Carolina where he received a bachelor’s degree in sociology and was a recipient of letters in football, boxing, and track. During World War II, he served as field director in the America Red Cross, providing welfare and recreational services to the U.S. Army and Air Force Redistribution Center in Miami, Florida. Following the war, he became the athletic director and a teacher at Sanford High School, his alma mater. Edwin later owned and operated Hubbards, Inc. (Stroud Hubbard, Inc.), his family shoe store in Sanford that was opened in 1910 by his father, A.M. Hubbard, and run by his son, Mike, until the store closed in October 2000.

He served for 28 years as director of Summit Savings Bank and was chairman of the board for 12 years, a total of 40 years. He also was a director and chairman of the board of Allied Bank Capital, Inc. for four years, was on the board of directors of First Citizen BancShares, Inc. and on the board of directors of First Citizens Bank and Trust Co., where he served on the audit committee.

Ed was actively involved for 72 years with the Steele Street Methodist Church which later became St. Luke United Methodist Church. While there, he and his wife established a Charitable Remainder Trust for students pursuing a divinity degree and related fields. He also served as a member of the Methodist College Board of Trustees in Fayetteville.

The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill remained dear to his heart throughout his life. He and his wife, Dorothy, established Charitable Remainder Trusts for scholarships in the School of Medicine, Cancer, Research, and the Diabetes Care Center.

(Editor’s Note: The following tribute was written by Ed’s daughter, Margaret Elaine Hubbard)

My father loved his wife Dorothy (they were married for 61 years), his son Mike, his grandchildren, his great-grandchildren, and myself. He loved his church, The University of North Carolina. photography, Jack Daniels, and Tennessee Walking Horses. He really looked forward to his trips to Tennessee. He served on the Board of Directors of the Breeder’s Association for many years and always enjoyed those meetings. He attended The Celebration for 41 years and owned many great horses including World Champions: Super Sport, Sun’s Dixie Delight, Shadow’s Sterling, Go Boy’s Crimson Tide, Mighty Man’s Rascal, Dr. Pepper Shaker, and Sun’s Star Wars. I can see him the night I won on Delight’s Red Cloud when he came running out of the gate and gave his loud whoop and clicked his heels together, which was pretty good for a man his size. Daddy loved talking (I called it “interviewing.”) with other owners and the trainers and his time outs in The Blue Ribbon Circle. He also loved visiting the training barns and watching a great horse work. He owned a training facility in his hometown in North Carolina, and, although he didn’t ride much, he was as good a “ground man” as there was in the business. His eye for a good horse was always accurate, and he picked out many great young horses. He also took such great joy in mother and me showing. He could also tell a great story. If you never heard the one about the blue tick hunting dog, you missed a good one. Daddy was one of a kind! Everyone that knew him will miss him. He was a great father, and I will miss him most of all.

Margaret Elaine Hubbard

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