37 year City Council member passes at 92

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Raymond Hubbard was the longest sitting Monticello City Council member in the town’s history. Born in 1928, Hubbard passed away Monday, Nov. 14, just weeks shy of his 93rd birthday.

He began his service on the council in 1965 and served as an alderman for three years. After a break, he was re-elected to serve on the council from 1982 until his retirement in 2016. Hubbard served a total of 37 years on the Monticello City Council.

In addition to his service to the city, Hubbard was also the director of the Office of Emergency Management, formerly the office of Civil Defense, and an Air Force Veteran. 

Hubbard can not be described as anything but loyal.

He was employed by Curry’s Pest Control for 73 years and was a loving husband and father. 

He began his career with Curry’s on March 1, 1949 and only retired in March of this year.

“Raymond was always a faithful public servant and always stedfast,” Monticello City Council member Claudia Hartness stated. “It was my privilege to serve with him. I admired his common sense and wisdom. He was always careful to think through a decision. Raymond Hubbard was a good and faithful public servant for Monticello.”

“Raymond was an excellent businessman and public servant,” former Alderman Joe Meeks stated. “While serving on the council, I considered him a mentor, confidant and friend. May his memory and dedication to public service continue to be a blessing to his family, friends and the City of Monticello.”

“He was a good man and a humble civil servant who gave much of his life to Monticello,” Mayor Paige Chase said. 

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Stephenson Dearman Funeral Home. See next week’s edition of the Advance newspaper for the full obituary. 

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