Dale Asgile Huffman of Madison, MS, a beloved husband, father and grandfather, died Monday, January 31, 2022, at the age of 85.
Dale was born March 11, 1936, in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to Hardy and Irene Thomas Huffman. He graduated in 1954 from Kosciusko Lyceum. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Army where he faithfully served his country for three years. He served overseas as a military policeman after the Korean War. At the end of his service he returned to Kosciusko where he met and married Ann Chandler. As a newlywed, Dale embarked on a college adventure at Holmes Junior College and concluded his graduate studies with a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from Mississippi State University in 1961.
Throughout his adult life, Dale was employed by various manufacturing companies in the central Mississippi region. He enjoyed his time as plant manager at Futora in New Albany, JAOlson in Winona and a thriving Hamilton Corporation in Kosciusko in the 1960s and early 1970s. He soon moved on to work for Howard Furniture Company in Starkville in the 1970s and early 1980s. He concluded a long and successful manufacturing career with Randall-Textron, formerly Rockwell International, in Granada, Mississippi, in 2000.
Although Dale had a successful career in local industries, his most exciting opportunities came from a family business, Huffman’s Jewelry. He and his wife, Ann, enjoyed selling jewelry to customers in select markets in three states. After running a successful brick-and-mortar store in Kosciusko for several years, the couple were a permanent fixture at the former Fairgrounds Antique flea market on the High Street in Jackson, Mississippi. As recently as December, they took part in four holiday markets as they geared up for the Christmas season.
Dale often joked that his favorite pastime was carding earrings, but those who knew him could attest to his great skills in making cookies, homemade rolls and dumplings. He derived great satisfaction from providing warm, resilient food for his family and friends. Her scrambled eggs were the fluffiest and her hot oatmeal the creamiest. Carding earrings may have been his favorite pastime, but he excelled in dishwashing after his family was satisfied. Certainly, the demand for powdered cleaner and scourer will drop in the coming months due to its absence. Dale was an avid Mississippi State fan and enjoyed watching all the seasonal sports. He could often be found wearing an MSU cap and checking scores at weekend flea markets. He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Kosciusko and a current member of Highland Colony Baptist Church in Madison, Mississippi. He enjoyed serving the Lord through his local church and watching his favorite pastors online throughout the week. He was a Freemason and a member of Bethel Lodge 107.
Dale is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ann Chandler Huffman; son, Dr. Henry T. (Hank) Huffman of Dallas, TX; daughter, Monica Huffman Donald (Bob) of Pascagoula, MS; and her son, Tracy M. Huffman (Renee) of Hernando, MS. He is survived by four much loved grandchildren, Benjamin Donald of Vienna, VA, Matthew Donald of Jackson, MS, and Julia Kate Huffman and Witt Huffman of Hernando, MS; one sister, Shirley Huffman Keenum of Starkville, MS; and a sister-in-law, Bonnie Shields Richie (Wayne) of Germantown, TN. He leaves an incredible legacy of love and faith to a host of treasured cousins, nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life will be held at Highland Colony Baptist Church in Madison, MS on Saturday, February 5, 2022. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. with service at 11 a.m. Cemetery service will be held at Parkway Cemetery in Kosciusko. , MS, 2 p.m. Masks are required for guests.
Memorials in his memory may be made at the Highland Colony Baptist Church in Madison, MS.