Harry Jack Huddleston, former state legislator and longtime Sheffield attorney, died at his home Wednesday, October 3, 2007, after an extended illness. Burial services were at Morrison and burial was in Oakwood Cemetery in Sheffield.
He was a World War II veteran, serving with the Army Corps of Engineers in the Pacific Islands. He received an accounting degree from Florence State Teachers College in Florence, Alabama. He received is Juris Doctorate of Law Degree from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 1951. Mr. Huddleston served in the state of Alabama Legislature from 1955-1958 during the Jim Folsom administration.
He practiced law in his hometown of Sheffield, Alabama, for 35 years. Among many other board appointments, he served on the Muscle Shoals City School Board, Sheffield Utilities Board, Sheffield City School Board and Colbert County/Helen Keller Hospital Board for many years.
His parents were, William M. Huddleston and Maude Roberts Huddleston. He had two sisters and two brothers.
He was married to Joan Calhoun; they had four children. Daughter Jean Huddleston married a McGee. Daughter Jane Huddleston married Dinky Nesbitt, The two sons are Jimmy Huddleston and Jere Huddleston of Muscle Shoals, Alabama. He had nine grandchildren. Jean, Jane and Jimmy reside in Sheffield, Alabama.
Daughter Jean McGee posted this about her father:
I would like to remember my father Jack Huddleston. He was a long time Sheffield Attorney, former legislator and a friend to everyone he met. My Daddy was raised in Sheffield and loved and supported this town with all of his heart. So many people will remember seeing him walking on Montgomery Ave[nue] everyday. What a wonderful life full of unconditional love he gave his children ! I am so proud to have had him for a father…. He will always be a part of Sheffield’s history. Thanks Daddy…if love could have saved you, you would still be here.
A slideshow of H. Jack Huddleston’s ancestors follows: