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Huff Stokely

Obituary of James T. Huff, Newport, Tennessee.

Maj. James T. Huff, an influential and widely beloved citizen, died at Newport, Tenn., on September 24, 1919, at the age of fourscore years. He was born near Del Rio, Tenn., June 3, 1839, and there received his early education, later going to Carson and Newman College, where he was in school when the War between the States came on. He enlisted and served as a private until the summer of 1862, when a company was reorganized near his home of which he was elected captain. The company was attached to the 6th Battalion, which later, with certain additions, became the 60th North Carolina Regiment He was promoted to the office of major in December, 1863, and as such remained with his regiment to the close of the war. He made a brave and faithful soldier, enduring much hard service and taking part in many hard-fought battles.

After the war Major Huff returned to his home and began work on the farm. He was successful and built up one of the large estates of Cocke County. In August, 1869, he was married to Miss Jane Stokely, who died some years ago.

Major Huff joined the Baptist Church in early boyhood and remained a consistent member until his death. As a Christian his faith never waivered, and he approached death without fear or hesitation. He was laid to rest in the family burying ground near Bridgeport, near the rushing waters of the French Broad River and amid the encircling mountains of his native section.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, May, 1920.

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