Howard “Hal” Leon Huntley, Jr., 62, a long- time resident of Charlottesville, Virginia, passed away Monday, August 8, 2016, while under the great care of Hospice House in Charlottesville.
He fought a brave battle with heart disease and diabetes for a decade. Hal was born on Monday, May 31, 1954, in Charlotte, N.C at Charlotte Presbyterian Hospital.He was the eldest son of Howard L. Huntley, Sr. and Shirley R. Huntley.
He was preceded in death by his father, Howard; and his stepmother, Dot, both of Lexington, Va.; his paternal grandparents, Marion Beauford Huntley and Leah Phifer Huntley; and his maternal grandparents, Curtis Adair Redding and Faye Honeycutt Redding, all of Charlotte, N.C.
Hal graduated from Lane High School, class of 1972 and Davidson College, class of 1976. He worked as an accountant his entire life. He loved to rescue cats and was a fan of UVa sports but most especially the basketball teams. As he majored in French at Davidson and studied in France, he loved their culture. He thrived in work environs where his fluency was needed.
Hal is survived by his mother, Shirley, of Charlottesville; his two brothers, Andrew “Andy” A. Huntley, Sr. (Lisa) of Clifton, Va., and Dr. Christopher L. Huntley (Christine) of Fairfield, Conn.; his daughter, Carolyn (Jeremy); his former wife, Diane, all of Charlottesville; and his stepbrother, Phillip Lackey of Lexington, Va.
He will be missed by his four nieces and nephews, one step niece, and his five grand nieces and nephews.
His family would like to give a special thank-you to all his doctors and professional caregivers; and most especially to the gifted staff at the University of Virginia Medical Center and at Hospice House of Charlottesville, who welcomed us as a part of their family for the past couple of weeks.
Most especially we appreciate all the many friends that took time recently to see, call, or write to Hal. It made his journey so much easier.
There will be a graveside ceremony in the near future at Riverview Cemetery, Charlottesville, Va. where his cremated remains will be interred.
The date of the service will be announced later.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911 or online at www.Hopva.org.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hillandwood.com, where there will be a guest book for friends to leave messages.
Copyright 2016, The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, VA