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January 25, 1934 - October 16, 2004
|The Dallas New Era|
|Thursday October 21, 2004|
Services Held For Mr. Eldred Huff Oct. 19
Eldred Huff, age 70, passed through Heaven’s gates on the afternoon of Saturday, October 16, 2004. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 25, 1934, to Eulas Virgil and Clifton Cleo Crawford Huff. After losing his father at age 13, Eldred continued in school at Bass High School until he joined the U. S. Navy at age 17. Eldred was proud of the education he gained as a weatherman in the Navy during the Korean conflict and was inspired by that education to pursue a career in engineering. He soon began a career with Southern Bell Telephone Company as a Frameman and quickly rose through the ranks to hold the title of Vice President of Engineering. During his tenure at Southern Bell, Eldred participated in the development of the communications network for the first Shuttle Missions. Following 30 years of service to Southern Bell/AT & T, Eldred retired in 1984. During and following tenure with Southern Bell, Eldred was also involved in many personal and community pursuits. He read books and learned how to build a house, which he did with his family during the 1970’s. He was active in the Masons and ultimately became a Shriner. He was very proud of the work Shriner’s do for sick and injured children and their families and participated as much and for as long as his time allowed. He also became a member of the Buchanan Lions Club, eventually taking the role of President, the Zone Chairman for the area.
One of Eldred’s proudest accomplishments was his participation as a co-founder of Carroll Sav-A-Life, a non-profit crisis pregnancy center in Carrollton, Georgia. He was alarmed by the teenage pregnancy rates in Carrollton, and unlike most of us, chose to do something about it. God has saved countless lives through this organization and it remains a memorial to the fact that few can accomplish much when God is involved. Once he was comfortable that Carroll Sav-A-Life was fully functioning, eldred became involved with the Gideons International, an organization of Christian men who work to place God’s Word in the hands of every person in the world. The membership ultimately elected Eldred as State President of the Georgia Gideons and he served faithfully in the post for three years. During his time with the Gideons, Eldred developed a heart for the people of South America and spent time in Chile and Argentina working to get the Spanish Bible in the hands of the people there. During this time, Eldred was also ordained as a Deacon in the First Baptist Church of Bremen, Georgia as an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Villa Rica, Georgia PCA.
Eldred believed in the importance of Christian people getting in volved in their local government. He knew that a Christian nation only remains so when Christian people are willing to get their hands dirty. So, a member of the Haralson County GOP, Eldred once more did more than complain about the system. He stepped up and tried to do something about it. He served as a census-taker, was a member of the Board of Equalization, and worked as Haralson County Registrar.
He was not always popular, but he did always do what he felt was best for the county. In the mid-1990’s, Eldred developed the symptoms of advanced Parkinson’s disease. Though the disease made it difficult for Eldred to move quickly, he never failed in his desire to work. He worked on computers as long as he was able and continued trying to design and build things that he felt family would enjoy and appreciate. His greatest joy was socializing with friends and his church family at Midway Macedonia Baptist Church in Villa Rica, Georgia, where he attended with his wife, Sarah; his daughter, Melanie Capes; son-in-law, Randy Capes and granddaughter, Maycie Capes.
On March 27, 2004, Eldred fell at home and broke his hip. Following surgery and rehabilitation, he fell again and broke his leg. He suffered a steady decline following this last surgery and was very unhappy about his circumstances. On October 15, 2004, Eldred’s family agreed that it was best for Eldred to be at home during his final fays. Unfortunately, for his family, those days were fewer than expected. When Eldred passed away shortly after three o’clock in the afternoon on October 16, he knew he was home and in the care of people who loved him. He went peacefully with his wife and daughter holding on of his hands, and Jesus holding the other.
In addition to the family members listed earlier, Eldred also leaves behind the following closest family members; Daughter, Rhonda Schafer, and her husband Ron, and grandchildren Nicholas, Scott, and Ethan (Florida); Son Ken Huff and his wife Tanya, and grandchildren, Christina, Samantha, and Emerson (North Carolina); Step-son Chris Rogers an his wife, Elaine (Douglasville); Step-granddaughter, Lindsey Capes Varnado and her husband Scott (Germany); Two brothers, E. V. Huff, Jr. and his wife Lil, as well as Jack Huff and his wife Sandra, along with several nieces and nephews, also survive Eldred.
The Funeral Services were held Tuesday, October 19, 2004 at Benson Funeral Home in Dallas, Georgia at 4:00 p.m. with Rev. Todd Wright officiating.
Interment followed in Peaceful Meadows Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers were Roy Abercrombie, Rex Pointer, Mark Wilson, Don Wilson, Mark Dorough, and Ricky Foster.
Benson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.