James Reed Huffman  1930-2021


Mass of Christian Burial for James Reed Huffman, of Quitman, was scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Mineola with Father Lawrence Love as Celebrant. Interment followed at New Hope Cemetery in Mineola.

Visitation was Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 at Lowe-Gardner Funeral Chapel at 6 p.m. The Rosary prayer service took place at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home. 

James Reed Huffman was born in Mineola, Wood County, on Jan. 30, 1930 to the late Ben and Zelma (Padgett) Huffman. He married the love of his life, Hazel Louise Snell, in 1959. James worked in aerospace and defense and was also a rancher. He was a very dedicated, determined, and disciplined man. After retiring, the couple moved from Grand Prairie to Quitman in 1986. 

James was a member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus and was also involved in community stewardship. 

Surrounded by his family, James passed away on Saturday morning, Sept. 25, 2021. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Zelma Huffman; wife, Hazel Louise Snell Huffman; brother, Donald Huffman; and sister, Billie Gayle.  

Left to cherish his memory are his three daughters, Rosa Terry and husband James of Lewisville, Dolores Helm of Grand Prairie and Elise Eckhout and husband Brent of Grand Prairie; brother, Royce Huffman; sisters, Charlene Hubbard and Sandra Watkins; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends. 

Serving as pallbearers are his grandsons, Jason Helm, Bryan Helm, Jeffrey Helm, Christopher Eckhout, Patrick Eckhout and Zachary Oliver. 

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in memory of James to St. Peters Catholic Church Building Fund, 203 Meadowbrook Dr., Mineola, TX 75773.