Ellerd Miner Hulbert, 88, of Sylva, N.C., passed away on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, after suffering a sudden stroke.

He was the son of the late Percy and Harriet Hulbert of Marlborough, Conn., and was also preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62 years, Phyllis Hulbert; and their daughter, Carol Hulbert-Foster; and son-in-law, Tony Simpson.

Ellerd is survived by his three daughters, Dianne Wilcox, Laurie Hulbert and Cathy Simpson; four grandchildren, Victor Wilcox, Jennifer Wilcox, Spencer Simpson and Paige Simpson; two great-grandchildren, Lillian Wilcox and Harper Simpson; one son-in-law, John Killinger; and his pet dog, Toby.

Ellerd and Phyllis raised their children in a variety of places starting in Tachikowa, Japan, where their first daughter was born. Ellerd was serving his country as a captain in the U.S. Air Force at the time. The family subsequently lived in East Haven, Conn., Parkville, Mo., Nansemond County, Virginia, and finally in Cullowhee/Sylva from 1970 to date.

Ellerd’s career at Western Carolina University spanned almost three decades until retiring in 1997, the last position he held there being the head of the University’s International Development Program.

After his retirement, Ellerd and Phyllis had the pleasure of bringing life and beauty to the Sylva community for more than two decades through flowers, vegetables and herbs they grew and nurtured as co-owners and operators of Twin Brooks Nursery.

Nobody could have been a better husband, father or person.

A celebration of Ellerd’s life and amazing spirit will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Cullowhee, N.C.

A visitation with the family will be held at the church after the service.