Elvia Ray Hibbard Jr.

Elvia Ray Hibbard Jr. was born June 1, 1954, in Cleveland, Texas, to parents, Elvia Ray Hibbard Sr. and Helen Mitchem Hibbard. He passed away March 30, 2023 in Cleveland, Texas, at the age of 68.

He was a lifelong resident of Cleveland, he worked in the oilfield industry and had his own lawn service business. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elvia Ray Hibbard Sr. and Helen Hibbard; siblings, Robert Hibbard, Avalon Lowe, and Jeannie Baker.

Elvia Ray is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Paula Hibbard; mother in law, Delena McGinnis; children, Calvin Ray Hibbard Sr, Dana Cockrell and husband Melton, and Faith Hibbard; brothers, Edward Hibbard, Hoyt Hibbard; sisters, Audrey Gonzalez, Martha Hibbard; grandchildren, Calvin Ray Hibbard Jr, Austin Hibbard, Shawn Karstedt, Destiny Pickering, and Elijah Glenn; great granddaughter, Willow Ryder; numerous other relatives and friends. Visitation will be in the Pace-Stancil Chapel on Saturday, April 8, 2023 from 1-2pm. Funeral Service will begin at 2pm with Pastor Mike David and Alford Smith officiating.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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