In memoriam: Charles William Huffman, Virginia Tech Facilities
June 21, 2019
Charles William Huffman, age 87, Newport, Virginia, passed away on June 16 in Salem, Va. Born Aug. 29, 1931 in Blacksburg, Va., he was the son of the late Howard M. Huffman, Sr. and Venus Osborne Huffman.
Huffman was raised and resided in Craig County, Va. Huffman was married to the late Barbara Jean (Perdue) Huffman for 64 years. A lifelong member of Level Green Christian Church in Newport, Va., he served as a deacon and worship leader for many years.
A United States Army Veteran, Huffman joined the Army in 1948, before the Korean Conflict. He fought with the “81 Mortars” in Korea from 1950 to 1951, receiving the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantry Badge after he was wounded in action in 1951. A member of the 2nd Infantry Division, attached to the 101st Airborne Division, his service led him to Virginia, Kentucky, Colorado, Alaska, Korea, Japan, and more, ending active service on November 15, 1951. He was employed by Radford Ammunition Plant then worked as a carpenter for a private contractor in Craig County, Va. and later retired after 31 years as a carpenter foreman at Virginia Tech. He enjoyed music, singing, carpentry work, hunting, gardening, yard work, watching NASCAR, and major league baseball games.
In addition to his wife and parents, Charles was also preceded in death by a sister, Geraldine Harless; two brothers, Robert K. Huffman and Howard M. Huffman, Jr. He is survived by four sons, Dennis (Florence) Huffman of Newport, Dana (Lynne) Huffman of Christiansburg, Daniel Huffman of Newport, Deven (Jessi) Huffman of New Castle; a daughter Terri (Timothy) Lorenz of Cynthiana, KY. Charles also dearly loved his grandchildren: Rachel Lorenz, Ethan Huffman, Micah (Taryn) Lorenz, Taylor Huffman, Matthew Huffman, and two step-grandchildren, Karly and Luke. Also surviving are sisters, Claudine Estes and Jacqueline Rose, as well as sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Funeral services were held on June 20, 2019 at Paitsel Funeral Home. Full Military honors will be observed before Interment at Fairview Cemetery in the Level Green Community.
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