Hugh David Huffman, of Hickory, passed into eternal life on April 4, 2021.
Born February 6, 1925, in the Banoak Community, he was the son of the late William Lafayette (Fate) Huffman and Jettie Speagle Huffman.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Roy Huffman, Sr and his sister Grace Mull Howlett.
He leaves his wife of 48 years, Clara Propst Huffman; his daughters, Debbie Huffman Cline (Wade) of Taylorsville, Connie Kirby Ray (Phil) of Taylorsville, and Pamela Huffman Falls (Curt) of Lake Wylie, South Carolina; stepchildren, Fred Setzer (Diana) of Greenville, South Carolina, and Jennifer Setzer Fischer of Berlin, Wisconsin; his grandchildren, Dana Cline Killian of Hickory, Wendy Renee Cline of Hickory, Bryan Kirby (Katie) of Boomer, Noah Christian Falls of Lake Wylie, South Carolina, Cheryl Marie Fischer of Wautuma, Wisconsin, and Trisha Ann Fischer of Berlin, Wisconsin; his great-grandchildren, Gavin Killian of Hickory, Brianna Killian of Hickory, Ellie Kirby of Boomer, Erica Michelle Rooney of Wautuma, Wisconsin, and Dominick Charlie Fischer of Berlin, Wisconsin; and numerous nieces and nephews of Catawba, Burke, and Lincoln counties.
He graduated from Banoak High School, in the community of Banoak, and then entered the US Navy, serving as Seaman Second Class on the USS Nashville during World World II from 1942-1944. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Banoak and started work at Hickory Manufacturing Company, where he started off sweeping the shop floors and worked his way up to plant manager. He retired after 45 years with Hickory Manufacturing Company.
He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He was affectionately known as “Red” for his fire engine red hair. He loved water skiing, boating, gardening, and golf. He always had a smile on his face, and always provided a helping hand to anyone in need.
Receiving and funeral service will be held at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 7500 NC-127, Taylorsville, NC 28681, on Saturday, April 10. Receiving will start at 1:00 p.m., with the funeral service at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow with military honors at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, 3120 Falling Creek Rd, Hickory.
Memorials may be made in his honor to Carolina Caring, 3975 Robinson Rd, Newton, NC 28658.
Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory is serving the Huffman Family and online condolences may be left for the family at www.bass-smithfuneralhome.com.