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S. D. Huffman

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Mr. S. D. Huffman, age 94, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, April 20. Mr. Huffman’s death was caused by complications from an earlier fall from a ladder at home. He was a lifelong resident of Lincoln Parish and was a descendant of the Autrey family, one of Lincoln Parish’s oldest pioneer families. Dubach is known as the Dogtrot Capital due in part to the “Autrey House” log home in that area. Mr. Huffman and his brother T.R. were instrumental in the preservation of this structure as a pioneer museum that is now listed on the “National Register of Historic Places”.

Mr. Huffman was preceded in death by his wife and mother of his children, Marie Cooper Huffman; one grandson, Jeff Brown; wife and mother of his step-children, Ruth Watts Huffman; and step-sons, Joel Watts and Danny Michael. He is survived by a large family: brother, T. R. Huffman of Dubach; his loving wife, friend, constant companion, and care-giver Margaret Huffman. Three children: Daughter Omega Brown and husband Nolen of Minden, daughter Ruth Ellen Hanna and husband Norman of Dubach, son Randy Huffman and wife Connie of Bentonville, Ar. Step-sons: Henry Watts and wife Carla of Dubach, James Ray Watts and wife Claudia of Choudrant, Bob Michael and wife Carla of Savannah, GA, Bill Michael and wife Jeanine of Dublin, OH. Stepdaughter Kathy Packman and husband Bob of Dubach. He was also survived by 23 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Huffman retired from Chevron. He was an active member of St. Rest Baptist Church early in his life and later Fellowship Baptist Church of Dubach. Known to most simply as S. D. or “Huff”, he was a member of the Ruston Gun Club and Arcadia Gun Club and was known as an expert marksman. He was an avid deer hunter and enjoyed this sport his entire life. Many in Dubach have enjoyed the fruits of his labor in his bountiful gardens that were planted every year. He loved to tell his hunting and fishing experiences to anyone who would listen. His love of his heritage was also evident in the many stories he told of early Lincoln Parish. S.D. enjoyed good health all his life until his recent fall from a ladder. He amazed many people, including the medical staff who recently attended him, with his memory and vitality for a man in his 90s. Many compared him to someone in their 70s. This patriarch of the Dubach area will be missed by many.

Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church Dubach. Visitation is 1 p.m. Sunday until service time at the church. Burial will be in St. Rest Baptist Church Cemetery, Dubach, under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home, Ruston.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, St. Rest Cemetery Memorial Fund, Autrey House Museum c/o Lincoln Parish Museum, or charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com.

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