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Joel Reuben Hitt, Jr.

Joel Reuben Hitt JrAge: 8619162003

Name
Joel Reuben Hitt Jr
Given names
Joel Reuben
Surname
Hitt
Name suffix
Jr
Birth December 30, 1916 42 31
Birth of a sisterElizabeth Carolyne Hitt
April 12, 1919 (Age 2)
Death of a paternal grandfatherReuben Martin Hitt
September 13, 1932 (Age 15)
Occupation
NFL Football player
1939 (Age 22)
Employer: Cleveland Rams
Occupation
NBL Basketball
1940 (Age 23)
Employer: Goodyear Wingfoots
Occupation
Athletic Director and Head Football Coach, Central High School
1940 (Age 23)
Occupation
Special Agent, FBI
1942 (Age 25)
Death of a brotherJames Hughes Hitt
November 30, 1944 (Age 27)
Cause: from wounds suffered during the Battle of the Roer
Burial of a brotherJames Hughes Hitt
1944 (Age 27)
Occupation
Special Agent, FBI
1944 (Age 27)
Burial of a brotherJames Hughes Hitt
1945 (Age 28)
Cemetery: Clinton Cemetery
Occupation
Special Agent, FBI
1946 (Age 29)
Occupation
Special Agent, FBI
1948 (Age 31)
Occupation
Special Agent, FBI
1950 (Age 33)
Death of a fatherJoel Reuben Hitt
July 22, 1967 (Age 50)
Occupation
Special Agent, FBI
from 1956 to 1977 (Age 39)
Occupation
Training Coordinator, Mobile County Sheriff's Department
1979 (Age 62)
Death of a motherElizabeth Margania Robertson
April 1, 1983 (Age 66)
Death of a brotherThomas Stanfield “Dick” Hitt
September 16, 1986 (Age 69)

Death of a brotherBruce Owen Hitt
September 12, 1998 (Age 81)

Death of a wifeEvelyn Quinn Eddleman
January 28, 2002 (Age 85)
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death certificate

Burial of a wifeEvelyn Quinn Eddleman
January 31, 2002 (Age 85)
Cemetery: Mobile Memorial Gardens
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Joel was known for his colloquial expressions. His oldest child, Joel III, with a little help from Richard, compiled a list of expressions in a book <a href="http://www.rhitt.com/genealogy/ofwww.pdf">Our Father's Way with Words</a>.

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The following obituary appeared in the Mobile Register and Clarion Ledger (Jackson, MS) shortly after his death.

Joel Reuben Hitt, Jr. -- Age 86, a native of Clinton, MS, and resident of Mobile since 1955, died on Monday, June 2, 2003 in a local hospital. Mr. Hitt was a 1939 graduate of Mississippi College in Clinton, MS, where he was a 10 varsity letter ath lete in football, basketball, baseball, and track, and where he was president of the student body in his senior year. He was selected to the all-conference teams in football and basketball his last two years at Mississippi College. He was also sele cted to the Williamson Alternate All-American Football Team, and played in the 1938 Blue-Gray All-star football game. After college, Mr. Hitt played one season of professional football for the Cleveland Rams in 1939 in the National Football League and one season of professional basketball in 1940 for the Goodyear Wingfoots in the National Basketball League. He went on to become coach and athletic director at Central High School in Jackson, MS. In 1942, Mr. Hitt entered the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent. He served in FBI offices in San Diego, San Antonio, Houston, Jackson (MS), New Orleans, FBI Headquarters, Washington Field Office, and Quantico, where he served as Firearms Instructor. In 1955, he was transferred to the Mobile Division where he was the Police Training Coordinator, National Academy Coordinator and Principal Firearms Instructor. Mr. Hitt retired from the FBI in 1977 after a 35 year career. He went on to work for the Mobile County Sheriff's D epartment as a training coordinator for several years. During his career in law enforcement, Mr. Hitt served as President of the Alabama Peace Officers Association and was inducted into the Alabama Peace Officers Hall of Fame. For his successes in sports, Mr. Hitt was also inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame as well as the Mississippi College Sports Hall of Fame. He was also a member of the Dauphin Way Baptist Church for 47 years, where he served as a deacon.

Mr. Hitt was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Evelyn Eddleman Hitt. He is survived by his two sons, Joel R. (Ceree Dalton) Hitt, III of Lawrenceville, GA and Richard (Linda Turpin) Hitt of Mobile; three sisters, Flora Taylor of Pensacola, FL, Lucile Hollingsworth of Clinton, MS, and Carolyne Priester of Natchez, MS; and two grandchildren, Derek Hitt and Teagan Hitt of Mobile. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday, June 6, 2003 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held from the chapel of Radney Funeral Home on Saturday, June 7, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. Internment will be in Mobile Memorial Gardens. Funeral arrangements by Radney Funeral Home, 3155 Dauphin Street Extension, Mobile, AL.

Death June 2, 2003 (Age 86)
Burial June 7, 2003 (5 days after death)
Cemetery: Mobile Memorial Gardens
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father
mother
Marriage: December 25, 1904Columbia, Marion County, MS, USA
11 months
elder brother
3 years
elder sister
2 years
elder brother
2 years
elder sister
J.R. Hitt FamilyFlora May Hitt
Birth: November 5, 1912 38 27Buford, Marion County, MS, USA
Death: January 11, 2006Pensacola, Escambia County, FL, USA
2 years
elder brother
Hitt brothers in football uniformsJames Hughes Hitt
Birth: December 30, 1914 40 29Goss, Marion County, MS, USA
Death: November 30, 1944The Netherlands
2 years
himself
Joel Reuben Hitt, Jr.Joel Reuben Hitt Jr
Birth: December 30, 1916 42 31Clinton, Hinds County, MS, USA
Death: June 2, 2003Mobile, Mobile County, AL, USA
2 years
younger sister
Family with Evelyn Quinn Eddleman - View this family
himself
Joel Reuben Hitt, Jr.Joel Reuben Hitt Jr
Birth: December 30, 1916 42 31Clinton, Hinds County, MS, USA
Death: June 2, 2003Mobile, Mobile County, AL, USA
wife
Evelyn Quinn EddlemanEvelyn Quinn Eddleman
Birth: February 5, 1917 31 26Shelby, Bolivar County, MS, USA
Death: January 28, 2002Mobile, Mobile County, AL, USA
son
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son
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Note

Inducted into the Mississippi College Sports Hall of Fame in 1976 (see http://www.gochoctaws.com/Sports/admin/2006/mchalloffame.asp)

Inducted into the State of Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1972 (see http://www.msfame.com/hof_inductees.html)

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