Orbrie Burton Huff

Published 4:28 pm Monday, April 6, 2015

Orbrie Burton Huff went home to be with the Lord on April 3 at the age of 95. He was born in Perry County on Feb. 12, 1920. His parents were Emmett and Velma Bledsoe Huff. As a young teen his family moved to Stanton in Chilton County to farm and be closer to a school. Orbrie was a proud Army veteran who served in the 411th Infantry during World War II. After the war, he worked as a carpenter, cattle farmer and eventually retired from Gulf States Paper Company in Maplesville. In 1958 he married Mary Inez Robertson and they raised two children, Lynn and Burton.

Together they enjoyed watching their son Burton race motorcycles and neighborhood children playing baseball, loving their daycare children and attending Eben-ezer Baptist Church.

After the death of his wife Inez in 2004, he moved to Deatsville with his daughter and her family.

Leaving behind the community he had called home for 70 years was difficult but thanks to the members of Coosada Baptist Church and Millbrook Senior Center he made many new friends. He became an Alabama Senior Domino Champion. He learned to dance. He helped chaperone Coosada Baptist Church D’Now weekends and was always ready to give the girls and boys dating advice. One of the highlights of his later life was being able to go on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. with brothers Ira and Willard.

Orbrie was a very proud Poppy to Jenna, Trent and Casen. Everyone who met him was quickly filled in on the adventures and successes of Jenna and the boys.

He never met a stranger, loved to tell stories and argue, was an avid Braves baseball fan, devoted Alabama Football fan and a grudging Auburn fan when he had to be, just to keep the grandkids happy.

Greeting him in heaven was his wife Inez, son Burton Wayne Huff, two infant grandsons Trevor Parnell and Riley Bennett Huff; sisters Anniece Huff Burnette, Corrie Huff Hillman; brothers E.B., Ira, Bennett, Calvin and James Huff.

He is survived by brother Williard (Jean) Huff, daughter Lynn Huff Robinson, son in Law Roger Robinson, granddaughter Jennifer “Jenna” Marie Robinson, daughter-in- law Amy Huff Pilcher, grandsons Trent Burton Huff and Casen Robert Huff, sister in law Laura Huff Griffin and many nieces and nephews who he loved dearly and who gave him great joy.

The family would like to to express their thanks to the staff and members of Millbrook-Senior Center. Without you, Orbrie’s last ten years would have been so boring. To Coo-sada Baptist Church, who welcomed Orbrie with open arms, to Southern Care Hospice for their kind care during the last few weeks, to “preacher man” Rich Hlaverty, who was a wonderful friend, and to the staff and residents of Autumn Place Assisted Living Center who embraced a loud and mischievous old man and helped him live out his last few months with dignity and fun.

Funeral services were held, April 6 at 11:30 a.m. from the Ebenezer Baptist Church with Bro. Danny Rasberry officiating. Burial will follow in the Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery. The family received friends at the church from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

Memorial donations can be made to Ebenezer Baptist Church Building fund.

To send an online condolence visit www.prattvillememorial.com.