Hubbard Highsmith was born on January 16, 1917 in Elberton, Georgia to the late John William and Ella Highsmith. He was 6th of 10 children, all of whom preceded his death.
He accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at an early age and was baptized at Rock Branch Baptist Church.
After relocating to Cleveland, Ohio he joined Second Mount Carmel Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend B.G. Gilbert and continued to remain a loyal member and enjoyed serving on the Deacon and Trustee Boards under the pastorate of the current pastor, Reverend Charles D. Gant. He remained a faithful and dependable member until his health began to fail.
He relocated to Cleveland, Ohio where he met and joined his life with Uria D. Roach in 1939. To this union, seven children were born, two of which preceded his death.
In 1943 he became employed by the White Motor Corporation and remained there until his retirement in 1977. After his retirement, gardening and cooking became his passions. He enjoyed traveling, visiting his siblings and children on a regular basis in various states. The Cleveland Indians was one of his favorite sports teams. He enjoyed attending home games as well as watching on television. He was active in the community, receiving a commendation on his 90th birthday from the City of Cleveland for being a respected well loved citizen of Cleveland and resident of Ward 5 community. He enjoyed his neighborhood, becoming friend, father, leader, and teacher to all who came in contact with him.
His famous words were “Give me another chew of tobacco and I’ll be happy.”
Hubbard Highsmith “crossed over” on Wednesday January 2, 2019 at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital.
He leaves to cherish his loving memories, one loving daughter Loretta Gordon, four loving sons Melvin, Cornell, Lamar and Robert; and the late Barbara and Jerome; daughter-in-law Adrian Highsmith ; grandchildren Clifford and Marlon Powers, Kimberly Gordon, Zachary, Damon, Melvin “Nicholas” Robinson, and Cornell Jr. special friend James Fuqua; and a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.