James Anthony Huff was born on February 13, 1940 in OKC OK. He got his middle name from the hospital where he was born, Saint Anthony Hospital. He passed away on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 10:30 AM at the age of 79.
Shortly after his birth the family moved to Galveston TX where he lived until he was fifteen, moving back to OKC after his father’s death.
In 1965, he married Linda (Shiplet). After graduating from OU in 1966 he began teaching at Capitol Hill High School. He taught Bible History, Religions of the World and other Social Studies courses. He was transferred to Douglas High School where he was instrumental in integrating OKC Public Schools. He returned to Capitol Hill and later retired in 1995. He also was an Adjunct teacher at Southeast High School.
During his teaching years, he was active in the American Federation of Teachers, holding many offices, including President. He also held offices in many social and political organizations. Such as: American’s United, Inter-Faith Alliance and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. He was also the Democratic Representative to the Oklahoma County Election Board before retiring this January.
Jim was a Christian and an excellent bible teacher in various Baptist churches, including First Baptist OKC where he was a member. He also taught the Preschool “Giggles” class each quarter.
He was preceded in death by his Huff and Hansen Grandparents, his father James Ranly Huff, his mother Wilma Hansen and his younger brother Ronald Neil.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Linda Huff; their daughter Tracy Groves and their son, James Ranly (Jimmy) Huff and wife Deanna. He was especially proud of his grandchildren: Marleigh Brown and husband Jordan, Lily Huff, Ellie Huff, and Ranly Huff. He loved watching them cheer and play sports.
Visitation for James is 4:00pm to 8:00pm, Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at Resthaven Funeral Home. A memorial service will take place at 11:00am, Thursday, February 6, 2020 at First Baptist Church, 1201 N Robinson Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73103. For the memorial service, the family would love for those in attendance to wear OU Crimson and Cream to help celebrate James’ life.
In lieu of flowers, donations on James’ behalf can be made to Encourager’s Closet at Southern Hills Baptist Church, OKC.
Condolences may be shared at www.ResthavenOKC.com.