Hugh Dayton Huffaker, Jr., went to be with his Lord and Savior on June 6, 2014. A loving husband, father, and grandfather, Hugh was a successful leader in the insurance and real estate business for many years. He served his church and community well as a visionary, leader, and fundraiser. Hugh 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 loving wife, Marion Henderson. They married in 1952 and immediately left for Fort Rucker, Ala., where Hugh taught basic training. They were also stationed at Fort Sill, Okla., where their first child, Kathy, was born. When Hugh and his family returned to Chattanooga, he joined his father, Hugh Huffaker Sr., at Ferger Brothers and Huffaker Insurance Agency. Hugh and his brother, Bob, later started Huffaker and Associates, Inc., where he served as president and later chairman of the board. Hugh 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. Hugh was very active in his community and church. He had a vision for the future and worked tirelessly to move projects forward through a tremendous talent for building positive relationships. He and Marion 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, Hugh 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, Hugh greatly enjoyed the YMCA and led the effort to start the Y’s North River location. Hugh always loved the Chattanooga Bible Institute, helping to guide its transition to Richmont Graduate University, a school for ministry and counseling. He served on its board and as board chair for many years. He was a Trustee Emeritus when he died and received an honorary doctorate from the university in 2013. Hugh was a very humble man and was called a “gentle giant” by some of his colleagues and church friends, because of way he worked behind the scenes to make a difference in his community. He never took himself too seriously and always had a sense of adventure and fun. He was a great conversationalist and never lost his sense of humor.
Hugh was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh Huffaker Sr., and Mary Katherine (Kap) Faucette Huffaker. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Marion Henderson Huffaker; two brothers, Robert (L.J.) and Sandy Huffaker; three children, Kathy (William) Wilder, Hugh (Charlotte) Huffaker III, Alice (Robert) Thatcher; and eight grandchildren, Bill, Wesley, Kirk (Joy) Wilder, Hugh (Thompsie), Clay (Caroline), Ellen Huffaker and Caroline and Laura Thatcher.
The family will gather for a private burial service at Forest Hills Cemetery and will receive friends 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 , June 21, at Rivermont with Ministers Rev. 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, TN 37415, or Richmont Graduate University, 1815 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga, TN, 37404.
Arrangements are by Wann Funeral Home & Cremation Center, at the foot of historic Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga (423) 821-7551. Share your memories, stories and photos at wannfuneralhome.com.