Gary Ellsworth Hebb

July 24, 1947 - February 14, 2023


Obituary For Gary Ellsworth Hebb

Gary Ellsworth Hebb, 75, passed away at his home in Jacksonville, North Carolina on February 14, 2023.

Born in Frederick, Maryland to Patsy and Ellsworth Hebb on July 24, 1947, Gary was one of three children. Following his graduation from high school, Gary enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he served honorably from 1966 to 1989. Gary was a 1st SGT for the 2nd marine division, and served many tours overseas, including to Vietnam from 1966-1967.

After retiring from the USMC, Gary became a superintendent for Quality Roofers in Jacksonville, where he was a loyal employee for the last 34 years.

Gary was a devoted husband to his high school sweetheart, Cindy, and a loving father and grandfather. He was full of life, and always had a joke or magic trick to share. Gary loved golfing and spending time with his family. He was known for his kindness and hardworking nature and was adored by all who knew him.

Gary is survived by his wife of 55 years, Cindy; his children, Kimberly (Ashley), Shannon (Lee), Jason (Carolyn), and Jeremy (Amanda); his grandchildren, Joshua, Tyler, Savanna, Mackenzie, Caleb, Dalace, Austin, Kaylie, Lilly, Sami, Reagan, Kierstyn, Charley, and Dawson; his great-grandchildren, Julian, Camryn, Jameson, and Jack; and his siblings, Sharon and Bill.

Funeral services will be held at Johnson Funeral Home in Jacksonville, NC on Wednesday, February 22nd, at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Gary’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project and the VFW. Please see the links to make donations through Treasured Memories Community Funding.

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  • December 30, 2023

    Gary was my Senior Drill instructor from December 3rd 1978 until Feb 20th 1979 it saddens my heart to hear of his passing he was and still is a great man he led a many of boys into manhood through his example as a United States Marine . I wish our paths could have crossed again I will never forget him

  • February 27, 2023

    What a wonderful friend Gary was! Growing up and spending time with Gary and his Family at their home on Brunswick Street and sharing in the many Sports that we played together in HS and later.... were some of my greatest memories. I will certainly miss Gary but, not nearly as much as I will always remember him. Rest in Peace ol' buddy!

  • February 22, 2023

    My condolences to the family. One of my school mates. May God give you the strength you need at this time. R.I.P

  • February 22, 2023

    Trying to come up with one memory to share is really difficult. But I believe my greatest memory was just days after my son was born. He was premature and had a club foot so he had a cast on his leg and was very small. Gary, Cindy and I went to the mall and a lady walked up to us and gave the most horrible look at my son. She said "oh how pathetic, what happened" and Gary didn't miss a beat. He grabbed my son, looked at the woman in her eyes and said "skiing accident", and then he turned around and walked away. Cindy and I were laughing hysterically and that woman looked like she had just been slapped. That's my perfect memory of Gary. I love you all so much. I wish I could be there. Thoughts and prayers forever.

  • February 22, 2023

    Gary and I were both Marines, Grunts, Vietnam Vet Brothers, and friends. I will deeply miss you, and so sorry I have been out of the area for over 8 years. I will see you when my time comes, and join you on guard duty, on the streets above. Semper Fi! and RIP.

  • February 22, 2023

    Today is the day that we lay to rest a Great Marine, a great family man and a great comedian. Gary brought many laughs with him wherever he went through a quick magic trick or joke. He joined our family at Quality Roofers when I was only 7 years old and has been instrumental in my life. From sitting and talking with him about his family and his wife, Cindy, that he cared so much for to hearing stories about Vietnam and employees who had come and gone over the years, he was truly one of the rocks in our family here at Quality Roofers. I will miss his laugh and stellar memory of times long past. To Gary's family near and far, may your hearts be filled with joy and love knowing that he loved each and every one of you and was a proud family man.

  • February 21, 2023

    Gary was a great man, committed to his family, his career and his country. If I had to describe him in a word, it would be "dependable." We shared many laughs, stories and life lessons and I am without a doubt a better man because of him. Thank you to the family for sharing him with us for so long and prayers for healing as I know he left a hole that can't be filled.

  • February 21, 2023

    Semper Fi and RIP, First Sergeant. We served in 2/4 together. Jonathan Brazee Colonel, USMC, (Ret)

  • February 21, 2023

    Rest in Peace my Brother, Gary was my Company 1st Sgt in 2ndBn 4th Marines in 1987 , we served together in Panama, Okinawa, Korea and the Med. Thanks for your leadership, I will always remember the Tattoos. We have the watch.

  • February 21, 2023

    Papa, when you left this world, a piece of me went with you. The love you had for our family was beautiful. You were my best friend, my pedicure partner, my biggest support system through every trial and tribulation. You were MY PERSON papa. Words can't express how much we miss you.

  • February 20, 2023

    Gary and as my kids (Chase, Austin and Kaylie) called him Poppa was an amazing family man. He served his country proudly and loved unconditionally. He will be missed greatly yet his memories will forever live in all who knew and love him. I am proud to have called him family.

  • February 19, 2023

    There are no words that will heal the pain or loss of a loved one. But always remember the good times and cherish the memories. Love and condolences from your lifelong friend, Kathy Halbert

  • February 19, 2023

    I was with Gary in Vietnam- 1967, Hotel Co 21 and I remember Gary as a Marine you could always count on. Tom Bibeault (Bebo)

  • February 17, 2023

    Heather & Vincent Kaup are keeping Cindy & all her family in our prayers and thoughts. Gary will be truly missed.

  • February 17, 2023

    Gig was the coolest, funniest and loving man I think I've ever known. Love and prayers to Cindy and all the family. Shelley

  • February 16, 2023

    RIP Marine, We've got the watch. Semper Fi. In the picture left to right, Gary Hebb, Charlie Evans, Woody Carmack. Vietnam late '66 early '67.

  • February 15, 2023

    Caleb, Lilly and family, We are so sorry for your loss. We are here if you need or want anything. We are praying for your family. Prayers, Love Shawn and Dawn


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