Monday, December 7, 2015

GPTS Founding Trustee Goes Home to Glory

One of the last remaining charter member of the Greenville Seminary Board of Trustees, Mr. William Howard “Bill” Huffman, has gone to be with the Lord. Mr. Huffman died at the age of 86 on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at his home in Burlington, North Carolina.

A native of Rock Hill, South Carolina, Bill was the husband of Ellen Walker Huffman, who survives, and the son of the late William Howard Taft Huffman and the late Madge Mickle Huffman.

In 1988, he became a founding trustee of the Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He was also among the founders of the Presbyterian Church in America.

Bill graduated from Duke University in 1950, with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering. He and Ellen moved to Burlington in 1951, with Western Electric and retired from AT&T/Lucent in 1987, having worked on the Nike missile and sonar-towed-array projects, among others.

Following his graduation from Duke, Bill remained an avid Duke fan, supporting Duke football even in “years of famine,” of which there were many.

Prior to joining First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Burlington, Bill was active in Northside Presbyterian Church beginning in the 1950s, where he taught the Senior High Sunday School class and served as Sunday School Superintendent. Following a stint as deacon, he served as an elder at Northside from the age of 32 and was a delegate to the December 1973 Birmingham, Alabama convention that formed the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) denomination.

Following his retirement from AT&T, he and Ellen served the PCA for ten years, traveling the Southeast for the denomination’s Christian Education Committee.

In addition to his wife of 66 years, Ellen, he is survived by three sons and a daughter: William H. Huffman, Jr., and his wife, Debby, of Winston-Salem, N.C,; John R. Huffman and his wife, Anne, of Cary, N.C.; David R. Huffman and his wife, Robin, of Burlington; and Anne M. Huffman, of Raleigh, N.C. He dearly loved his six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was held Friday, November 13, 2015. Burial was at Alamance Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 2250 Saddle Club Road, Burlington or Gideons International, Alamance West Camp, PO Box 565, Burlington, NC 27216-0565.