TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Joseph Harice Hiett, 77, died July 1, 2013.
He was preceded by his beloved wife, Sally Parker Hiett. Born in Benton Ky., Joe was called early in his life to the ministry, obtaining his divinity degree from Lambuth College. He later attended Vanderbilt and Harvard Divinity School and served as associate clergy at First United Methodist in Memphis, Tennessee, where he met Sally, and was lead pastor of the Methodist Church in Union City, Tennessee.
The family moved to Tallahassee in the late ’60s where Joe earned his Ph.D. in higher education from Florida State. He remained in the employment of FSU until his retirement, ever focused on higher education and serving several administrations. He was a longtime member of St John’s Episcopal Church where he was often invited to stand in for the clergy.
He was known as a kind and gentle man.
He is survived by his sister, Alice Hiett Burnett (Jerry Burnett) of Benton Ky.; his children, Katherine Hiett Viker and Kearns Parker Hiett of Tallahassee; grandchildren, Anthony Laberdesque, Emerson Viker, Emilia Viker, Olivia Viker, Harice Viker, Tallahassee; great-granddaughter, Elaina Erickson, Orlando.
Services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday, July 8, 2013, at St. John’s Episcopal Church.