Earl Thomas Huffman, 81, of Hickory, passed away December 6, 2019 at Duke Medical Center, in Durham.
Earl was born on December 23, 1937 to the late Melvin and Olivia Huffman in Hickory.
He was preceded in death by an infant son and is survived by his loving wife, Gail Huffman; his children, Michael Huffman and Kimberley Claman (Dan); his brother, Carroll Huffman (Jane); and four grandchildren, Olivia Seeley (Stephen), Thomas Huffman, and Nikos and Rocket Claman.
Earl graduated from Hickory High School in 1956. He honorably served in the United States Army at Fort Gordon, Georgia, and was employed for 32 years by Norfolk Southern Railway before retiring due to an illness in 1996.
Earl enjoyed spending time with his family and looked forward to fun vacations with them. He was an avid softball player for his church team and enjoyed music of all kinds.
Thanks to a generous organ donor, Earl was a recipient of a bilateral lung transplant in 2005 and survived a remarkable 14 years. Earl exemplified courage, inspired those who knew him, and graciously donated his body for research to the Duke Anatomical Gift Program so that others might benefit from his experience.
The family welcomes you to join them to celebrate Earl’s life on Sunday, December 29, 2019, for visitation between 2:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. at Friendship Lutheran Church, 5300 Church Road, Taylorsville, NC 28681. A memorial service will follow the visitation, at 4 p.m., at Friendship Lutheran Church.
In lieu of flowers, please consider becoming an organ donor or making a donation in Earl’s memory to Friendship Lutheran Church or an organization of choice.
Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
Courtesy of Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville.