Hugh Huffaker Jr., Prominent Civic And Business Leader, Dies At 84

Saturday, June 7, 2014
Hugh Huffaker Jr.
Hugh Huffaker Jr.

Hugh Dayton Huffaker, Jr., prominent civic and business leader, died Friday at 84.

He was a leader in the insurance and real estate business for many years and served his church and community as a visionary, leader, and fundraiser.

He was born in 1930 to Mary Katherine (Kap) Huffaker and Hugh Huffaker, Sr. He graduated from McCallie School, and attended Davidson College for two years where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Returning home, he enrolled at the University of Chattanooga as an ROTC cadet, graduating as a second lieutenant in the artillery.  

While at UC, he met his wife, Marion Henderson. They married in 1952 and immediately left for Fort Rucker, Ala., where he taught basic training. They were also stationed at Fort Sill, Okla.

When he returned to Chattanooga, he joined his father, Hugh Huffaker, Sr., at Ferger Brothers and Huffaker Insurance Agency. He and his brother, Bob, later started Huffaker and Associates Inc., where he served as president and later chairman of the board. 

Mr. Huffaker started Huffaker Realtors in 1982 and developed the Hidden Brook (Signal Mountain) and Ramsgate (Hixson) subdivisions with developer Tommy Lupton. When he sold the business to Crye-Leike Realtors in 1997, it was the largest independent real estate company in metro Chattanooga with five offices. 

Mr. Huffaker was very active in his community and church. He and his wife were charter members of Rivermont Presbyterian Church, where he served as the church’s first elder and remained an elder emeritus until his death. During this time, he helped lead the building projects for Rivermont’s two sanctuaries. 

A former Rotarian, he was a past president of the Insurers of Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Board of Realtors, former chairman of the McCallie School board of trustees, and one of the original organizers of CARTA, which named its building in his honor. He has served on the boards of the Maclellan Foundation, the Electric Power Board, and Lay Renewal Ministries.

He is a past recipient of the Sertoma Club’s Service to Mankind Award and McCallie School’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for leadership and service. 

A former city handball champion, he enjoyed the YMCA and led the effort to start the Y’s North River location.

He helped to guide the Chattanooga Bible Institute in its transition to Richmont Graduate University, a school for ministry and counseling. He served on its board and as board chairman for many years. He was a trustee emeritus when he died – and received an honorary doctorate from the university in 2013. 

The family will gather for a private burial service at Forest Hills Cemetery and will receive friends on Friday, June 20, from 3-5 p.m. and Saturday, June 21, from 2-3:30 p.m. at Rivermont Presbyterian Church.

A memorial service will be held from 4-5 p.m. Saturday at Rivermont with Ministers Reverend Clay Thomas and Dr. Bill Dudley officiating. 

The family has asked that memorial contributions be made in Hugh’s honor to the Rivermont Presbyterian Church Missions Program, 3319 Hixson Pike, Chattanooga, Tenn., 37415, or Richmont Graduate University, 1815 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga, Tenn., 37404. 

Arrangements are by Wann Funeral Home & Cremation Center, at the foot of historic Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga, 423 821-7551.



Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ALLEN, ROBERT LEE  727 E. 11TH CHATTANOOGA, 37403  Age at Arrest: 28 years old Arresting Agency: Chatt. Housing Authority CRIMINAL TRESPASSING --- ARNOLD, ROBIN MELISSA  3368 BROWNDALE RD CHATTANOOGA, 37419  Age at Arrest: 43 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County FUGITIVE ... (click for more)

3 People Killed In Collision With Train In McMinn County

Three people were killed when a car was struck by a train in McMinn County on Thursday afternoon. The accident happened just off Highway 11. It was north of Calhoun, Tn. (click for more)

The Boss, Claude Ramsey

I try not to overuse the word great, but we lost a great man today, Claude Ramsey. I had the pleasure of serving under him as director of Commercial and Industrial Properties for 14 years while he was the Hamilton County Assessor of Property. He was probably the smartest person I have ever known. He was tough but patient, kind, caring and compassionate. He knew how to get ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Not A Blessed One

When I read, to no great surprise, that 132 of Chattanooga’s “leaders” had signed a letter in support of “socioeconomic integration” in Thursday’s Times Free Press, there were two things that were immediately obvious to me: Not a blessed one would have (a) written such a letter on their personal stationery, and (b) not a blessed one would have ever voted for the current president ... (click for more)

Randy Smith: The Kindness Of John Ward

Wednesday was a bad day for me. I lost two dear friends and great mentors. On Wednesday morning I was informed of the passing of my first television news director at WDEF TV, Ray White. Ray was a super news anchor and an even better man. Ray and I teamed with John Gray to have one of the highest rated newscasts in Chattanooga history; a 42% share of the audience in November of 1978. ... (click for more)

CASL: Thursday's High-Point Scorers

CUMBERLAND HIGH-POINT SCORERS: None reported. RIDGESIDE HIGH-POINT SCORERS: 19 – Arianna Bond, Izzy Bauer, Drew Bond, Madeline Bond 17 – Beccan Fitzsimmons, Taj Goodman, Adelaide Bond, Jack Fitzsimmons 16 – Brynne Burkhart 15 – Alex Lowry 14 – Ryan Carpenter, Kathy Zeglen, Owen Eastman 13 – Asa Hedrick 12 – Erynn Whaley, Monica Suttles 11 – Wally ... (click for more)