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Joe Hubb Collier

Joe Hubb Collier

09/22/1921 - 3/16/2009

    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 crops. 
    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.


Sam Burnet

Fellow Pastor
Monday, March 16, 2009

Although I did not know him well I knew of his reputation and great example and servant of the Lord. They do not make many like him anymore, only wish they did. May God Bless you doing this time. A fellow pastor. Sam Burnet

Jan and Liz Watkins

Monday, March 16, 2009

Jerri, Jerry, and Tom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. May God give you comfort and peace.

Glennell & Cathy Pickett

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Our deepest heartfelt sympathies.

Lonnie L. Smith

My Wife is Joe Hubb's 1st cousin
Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Jerri and the entire Collier Family. Bless your hearts...I know that there will be a void there for a long time.....but, Joe Hubb has surely gone on to a better place and one that he has been looking forward to seeing. Rest assured that we will continue to hold all of you up in prayer in the days to come....All of the Towles, Dyess girls are all together in Phoenix for the remainder of this week. so....please let me extend our sympathy to each of you. In their absence you will know that they are with you in spirit. and ....I am sure they will be having a SPECIAL "Prayer Session" for the Collier's on THURSDAY while you are at the funeral and graveside services. I called Raybern Ritter in Ringling and advised him of the service in Lone Grove. He said that he would make every effort to be there by 4 p.m. I visited with Mary Collier of Roswell and she joins you in Prayers for your loss! And due to health problems would not be able to make the trip. Also had a visit with Don Dyess in Dianna, Tx. about Joe Hubb's passing. May The Good Lord Bless and Keep You......Love To All Odena Winell {Towles} Smith Lonnie L. Smith

Brian, Tammy and Abby Andrews

Overland Park
friend of the family
Wednesday, March 18, 2009

We were so sorry to hear about your loss. There are too many things to mention that we will miss, but his infectious laugh and ear-to-ear smile are definitely at the top. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if we can do anything.

Joni Johnson Graham

White Deer
Friday, March 20, 2009

Jerri, I just read in the Friona Star about Joe Hubb's passing. I wish that I would have known sooner and I would have come to see you guys. I have such fond memories of Joe Hubb. He was like another grandfather figure in my life. I bet that he and Gan (Edith Johnson) are having the best time catching up. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

Brad Dearborn

St. Louis
Rayden's Father-in-law
Friday, March 20, 2009

Your whole family will feel this loss for some time, but I'm certain that you are also celebrating Peep's entrance into his reward home. My prayers are with you as you deal with both.


Friday, March 20, 2009

When Rick and I were newlyweds, Hubb sold us our first house and signed for the loan. It was in Osage county north of Olivet Baptist Church. We have many happy memories of Hubb.Condolences to the family.

Don Amon

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Sad to hear my buddy Hub passed on. I bought my first home off of Hub and he helped us financially at the time, and was always willing to mow the lawn, cut the hedges, let me borrow his wheelbarrow, and other such tools. Once I was reroofing the garage and there's Hub standing on the ladder telling me what to do and scaring Melissa and I to death. He was a great neighbor and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.