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H.W. Huff was ‘absolute pillar of community’

Hugh White Huff, Jr., more commonly known as “H.W.,” 82, passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
“He was a great and loyal friend, and an absolute pillar of the community,” said Thomas McCarthy, Jr., who had known Huff since childhood.
His family described him as “a philanthropist, sharing his blessings with many causes,” and said “the life he lived was a reflection of his love and devotion to his family, community and country.”
During his lifetime, Huff, who was born Jan. 5, 1926, in Bristol, was president of Huff Coal and Oil Company and Chairman of the Board of Huff Petroleum in Pulaski.
He was also founder and general partner of the Downtown East Development and chairman of the Board of Bond Cote of Virginia.
In addition, Huff served on the board of Pulaski, Bristol and Roanoke Banks of Virginia, and served as the chairman of Finance, Trustee and Board of Stewards for First United Methodist Church in Pulaski.
He also served as chairman of the Pulaski Public Service Authority and on the Board of the New River Airport Commission.
Huff was a charter and former member of the Pulaski Jaycees, Coffee and Elks Clubs.
He was also a Harris Fellow and continuous oldest member of the Pulaski Rotary Club.
Huff was a member of the Pulaski American Legion, and was a military veteran, having served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in Europe during World War II.
In addition, Huff served on the Pulaski Merchants Council and was a member of the Pulaski Science Club.
Huff also made numerous contributions to education through New River Community College in Dublin.
“The passing of H. W. Huff, Jr. is a tremendous loss to our community and especially to our college,” said Dr. Jack M. Lewis, president of NRCC. “He was a founding member of our college foundation and funded a number of scholarships along with many other acts of generosity. He was honored in Richmond with the Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy in 2006. H.W. will be sorely missed.”
Dr. Mark C. Rowh, executive director of the NRCC Educational Foundation, added, “The foundation is so important to the college and our students, and H. W. was in many ways the heart and soul behind its work. Along with his scholarship contributions, he recently established the Ann Huff Book Fund which has already benefited hundreds of students with the purchase of their textbooks.”
Huff was also a recipient of NRCC’s highest award, the “Friendship Award.”
In addition, he received the “Business Executive of the Year” award from the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce in 1983.
“He gave extensive and solid support to the community through service to his church, the community college and civic organizations in Pulaski,” McCarthy said. “His good deeds will live long after him.”
Family and friends will gather to celebrate Huff’s life on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 3 p.m. in the Family Life Center at First United Methodist Church in Pulaski.
Graveside services will be held Monday, Dec. 8, at noon at Evergreen Burial Park in Roanoke.
The Rev. Hugh Kilgore will officiate, along with the assistance of Rev. Norman Wilhoit and Rev. Leroy Henry.

H.W. Huff was ‘absolute pillar of community’

Hugh White Huff, Jr., more commonly known as “H.W.,” 82, passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
“He was a great and loyal friend, and an absolute pillar of the community,” said Thomas McCarthy, Jr., who had known Huff since childhood.
His family described him as “a philanthropist, sharing his blessings with many causes,” and said “the life he lived was a reflection of his love and devotion to his family, community and country.”
During his lifetime, Huff, who was born Jan. 5, 1926, in Bristol, was president of Huff Coal and Oil Company and Chairman of the Board of Huff Petroleum in Pulaski.
He was also founder and general partner of the Downtown East Development and chairman of the Board of Bond Cote of Virginia.
In addition, Huff served on the board of Pulaski, Bristol and Roanoke Banks of Virginia, and served as the chairman of Finance, Trustee and Board of Stewards for First United Methodist Church in Pulaski.
He also served as chairman of the Pulaski Public Service Authority and on the Board of the New River Airport Commission.
Huff was a charter and former member of the Pulaski Jaycees, Coffee and Elks Clubs.
He was also a Harris Fellow and continuous oldest member of the Pulaski Rotary Club.
Huff was a member of the Pulaski American Legion, and was a military veteran, having served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in Europe during World War II.
In addition, Huff served on the Pulaski Merchants Council and was a member of the Pulaski Science Club.
Huff also made numerous contributions to education through New River Community College in Dublin.
“The passing of H. W. Huff, Jr. is a tremendous loss to our community and especially to our college,” said Dr. Jack M. Lewis, president of NRCC. “He was a founding member of our college foundation and funded a number of scholarships along with many other acts of generosity. He was honored in Richmond with the Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy in 2006. H.W. will be sorely missed.”
Dr. Mark C. Rowh, executive director of the NRCC Educational Foundation, added, “The foundation is so important to the college and our students, and H. W. was in many ways the heart and soul behind its work. Along with his scholarship contributions, he recently established the Ann Huff Book Fund which has already benefited hundreds of students with the purchase of their textbooks.”
Huff was also a recipient of NRCC’s highest award, the “Friendship Award.”
In addition, he received the “Business Executive of the Year” award from the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce in 1983.
“He gave extensive and solid support to the community through service to his church, the community college and civic organizations in Pulaski,” McCarthy said. “His good deeds will live long after him.”
Family and friends will gather to celebrate Huff’s life on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 3 p.m. in the Family Life Center at First United Methodist Church in Pulaski.
Graveside services will be held Monday, Dec. 8, at noon at Evergreen Burial Park in Roanoke.
The Rev. Hugh Kilgore will officiate, along with the assistance of Rev. Norman Wilhoit and Rev. Leroy Henry.