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Joe Hubb Collier
22 Sep 1921 - 16 Mar 2009
© Davis Funeral Home
Reprinted with permission

Joe Hubb Collier, born on September 22, 1921, departed this life on March 16, 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 dadís 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.

Hubbís 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 Corps 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 Hubbís decision with the congregation and proclaimed him a ďGiant for God.Ē 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 Lordís 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 didnít 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 Childrenís Home in Tulsa, OK.

Burial will be held Thursday afternoon, at 4 P.M. in the Lone Grove Cemetery at Lone Grove, OK.

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