Walter Horace Huff
March 2, 1924 - January 3, 2011


Walter Horace Huff, age 86, died on January 3, 2011. Born March 2, 1924, he was the only son of Horace Erskine Huff and Rosa Viola (nee Hughes) Huff. A lifelong  resident of East Point, Georgia, he attended Church Street School, Central Park School, and Russell High School where he lettered in athletics. He served as an M.P. in the U.S. Army During World War II and fought in the D-Day invasion and the Battle of the Bulge.  After the war, he worked for 30 years in commercial aviation, holding management positions in revenue accounting and customer relations with Southern Airways, Republic Airlines, and Northwest Airlines.  An ordained deacon, he was active for more than 50 years in the First Baptist Church in College Park, Georgia.  His leadership with children and youth gained him great respect.  He played a decisive role in the development of the church's drama program. He revised and updated the church's official history for the congregation's 75th anniversary. In 1981, he began a second career, serving for 18 years as the church's Minister of Education. He enjoyed sports, music, reading, and travel. He visited 49 of the 50 states and 16 countries on four continents.  He toured the Holy Land five times, once baptizing fellow pilgrims in the Jordan River.  Family, friends and colleagues remember him as a soft-spoken, self-sacrificing man with a healthy sense of humor, a southern gentleman of the old school.  He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jane Ann (see Camp) Huff, his sons Walter David Huff and Peter Alan Huff. his daughter-in-law Mary Patricia (nee Loomis) Huff, and his grandson George Malcolm Huff.  The visitation will be Friday, January 7th from 5 until 8 p.m. at Donehoo-Lewis Funeral Home in Hapeville, Georgia. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 8th, in state at 12 noon, at Jefferson Avenue Baptist Church, 1150 Jefferson Avenue, East Point, Georgia 30344, where Walter and Jane were recently received into membership.  Rev. Darwin A. Caldwell will preside.  A graveside service will follow at College Park Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Over and Above Fund of Jefferson Avenue Baptist Church. Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on January 6, 2011.  

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