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Earl “Bubba” Wayne Hiers, Jr., 65, of Savannah, Georgia and formerly of Albany, Georgia, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday evening, August 15, 2019, after bravely battling pancreatic cancer.

Bubba was born in Albany, the son of Earl Wayne Hiers, Sr. and Corrie Paul Hiers. He attended school in Albany and graduated from Columbus High School Class of 1972. Bubba was a member of First United Methodist Church in Albany. He was an entrepreneur who owned his own business. In 2000 Bubba moved to Savannah and joined his sister in the restaurant business. He was owner and general manager of Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House and published Uncle Bubba’s Savannah Seafood in 2007.

He was preceded in death by his son, Jay Paul Hiers, and his mother and father.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Corrie and Brian Rooks; his special love, his grandson, Sullivan Way Rooks; his sister, Paula Hiers Deen and her husband, Captain Michael Groover; nephews, Jamie Deen and his wife, Brooke and Bobby Deen and his wife, Claudia; his great-nieces and great-nephews, Jack Deen, Matthew Deen, Amelia Deen, Linton Deen and Olivia Deen; his aunt, Peggy Ort; his former wife, Jill Hiers, and many other nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 o’clock Friday afternoon at Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors – 1503 Dawson Road in Albany preceding his funeral and Celebration of Life at 2:00 o’clock in the chapel of Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors with Father John J. Lyons officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial gifts be designated for cancer research at Mayo Clinic online at or mailed to Department of Development, Mayo Clinic, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN. 55905 or Hospice Savannah – Post Office Box #13190, Savannah, Georgia 31416-0190.

Online Condolences

  1. Robert Hill says:

    So sad to hear this news today. Bubba was a friend of mine since 1975. He will be missed. Please send my condolences to his family. May God rest his sole.

  2. Charles Gayre says:

    Paula and family…so very sorry to learn today of our loss of Bubba. My heartfelt condolences to all. The numerous great memories and good times we enjoyed in Albany and Savannah will live on. May his soul and spirit rest in peace.

  3. Cynthia Porter says:

    So very sorry to hear of Bubbas passing,he was a wonderful boss with a Georgia Boy sense of humor. Prayers for the family at this time, and may Bubba be greeted by his maker with a big warm hug.

  4. Polly Powers Stramm says:

    Dear Paula and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear the sad news about Bubba. I really enjoyed the time I spent with him working on the cookbook. He was always a gentleman and I know y’all will miss him terribly.
    With love,
    Polly Powers Stramm

  5. Chuck Courtenay says:

    Paula, So sorry to hear this news. I pray God grant you and all of the family some comfort during this difficult time of loss…
    In my prayers……

  6. Linda Waters says:

    So sorry for “Bubba’s” loss. May he rest in peace.. Prayers for all his family, and, friends..

  7. Tony Kiene says:

    Paula and family
    I’m very sorry to hear of Bubba’s passing. My mother died from Pancreatic cancer also.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Dawn Ferguson says:

    May the Lord bring you peace and comfort during this most difficult time. The entire family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. John Nichols says:

    Paula and Family,
    Heartfelt sympathy to all. May he rest in peace. I hope you will find comfort knowing he is with God.

  10. Sandy Traun says:

    Condolences to all the family, especially Corrie.

  11. Paige and Hunter Saussy says:

    Paula, Michael and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Bubba’s passing. There is a special bond between siblings and l, too, know the pain of losing a brother. Thinking of you all at this sad time. Sending love and prayers.
    Paige and Hunter

  12. C. Alex Fields says:

    Our family has you and yours in our hearts. Your loss is our loss too, and send our prayers.

  13. Trish Arpin says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  14. Angel and Drew McCuen says:

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time.
    Angel and Drew McCuen

  15. Cheryl Shearouse Brown says:

    Paula and family, so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and hugs are being sent to you all.

    Thanks for ALL of the memories from the ’80s forward.

    Cheryl and Tim Brown

  16. Radar DiMaria says:

    So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers for your family.

  17. Wanda Hanneman says:

    Paula, and Family,

    Bob and I are so sorry for your loss.Praying for God’s comfort and peace to you all in the coming days.

    Bob& Wanda Hanneman

  18. Christina Cheves says:

    My heart goes out to the Deen family. We all loved Uncle Bubba sooooooo much!! May all of you find peace and comfort and know that we are all thing of you!
    Christy, Jane and Tommy Cheves

  19. Ray Steele says:

    Paula and family, I had the privilege of getting to talk to Bubba many, many times. I had the even bigger privilege of sitting down more times than I can count and enjoying his chargrilled oysters and key lime pie. It was one of my family’s favorite things to do, especially my dad, who in many ways was a lot like Bubba. I sure hope there are oysters where they are, and what I would give to have a chance to enjoy that with my entire family just one more time. Thinking of you, Bobby and Jamie, Corrie and the entire family. One day, we will conquer cancer, and I’m adding Bubba’s name to the list of those whose memory inspires us to destroy the disease forever.

  20. Nolan Crosby says:

    So sorry for your loss. May God be with you doing this difficult time.

  21. Rene Cronnon-Barnes says:

    My sincere condolences to the entire family.

  22. Dana Nanula says:

    Paula and Family,
    We are so sorry about Bubba. Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this sad time.

    Dana and Steve Nanula

  23. Bob and Bunnie Tatarek says:

    Sending our deepest sympathy to all. Bubba had the wonderful quality of making everyone around him smile. May he rest peacefully.

  24. Melissa Redding McCurry says:

    Bubba was one of the kindest men I have ever known and I am privileged to have gotten to spend so many years with him.
    Heaven gained an angel.

  25. Susanne and Billy Mock says:

    Dear Paula and Corrie,
    Billy and I send you and your family our heartfelt condolences. Bubba was a great neighbor to us when we lived at Causton Bluff. Good days.

  26. Pat Rose says:

    Paula, Sorry to hear of Bubba’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you you all.

  27. becky morales says:

    Sending thoughts and prayers for Uncle Bubba’s dear family and friends. It’s so hard to lose our dear loved ones.
    May the precious memories made and love and support of family and friends make your grieving less painful.
    Thanking God for the Gift of Eternal Life.
    In Love and Light.

  28. Gloria Wimberly and Family says:

    Sorry about the passing of Uncle Bubba. My sincere condolences to you and family.

  29. Victoria Baird says:

    Dear Paula and family,
    You have my deepest sympathy. I didn’t know Bubba but always thought of him as a gentle bear. He seemed like a very good man full of fun and love. My brother-in-law died of pancreatic cancer which is a very nasty disease. Take solace in knowing that he knew you loved him and is at peace now.
    Victoria from Savannah

  30. Sandra Durrant says:

    Deepest sympathy in the passing of brother

  31. AJ Hiers says:

    So very sorry . God bless you and keep your family. Paula and family take strength in the love.

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