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Originally published: 2014-02-18 14:03:34
Last modified: 2014-02-18 14:04:20

Willis 'Dean' Huffman

Willis "Dean" Huffman, 73, of Huffman Road, Vilas, passed away Monday morning, Feb. 17, 2014, at his home.

Born April 14, 1940, in Watauga County, he was a son of Jessie and Dessie Miller Huffman. Mr. Huffman was a member of Beaver Dam Baptist Church. The love of his life was his wife and family. Dean loved spending quiet time reading his Bible and enjoying all outdoor activities, including all aspects of farming.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Hazel Wilson Huffman; two sons, Tony Huffman and wife, Joan, of Mountain City, Tenn., and Tim Huffman of Vilas; two daughters, Melinda Watson and husband, Jeff, of Fort Blackmore, Va., and Renee Lipford and husband, Shannon, of Newland. Six grandchildren, one great-grandson, and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Kermit, David and Dan Huffman; and two sisters, Anna Mae Rominger and Lonie Humphrey.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at Beaver Dam Baptist Church, officiated by the Rev. Burl Greer. Burial will follow in the Lower Beaver Dam Cemetery.

Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to Medi Home Hospice, 136 Furman Rd., Suite 2, Boone, NC 28607.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Austin & Barnes.

Online condolences may be shared with the Huffman family at the website

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Huffman family.