May/ June

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Ok, I know June was two weeks ago but I want my posts to run in sequence. It has been a busy summer. In mid-May, I moved to Memphis for a few months on a job assignment; a fortunate turn which allowed me to spend time with Mary Lou Huffstutter during her stay in hospice. She passed away in early June and was buried in Union City, Obion County, TN a little over a week after her sister-in-law, Marguerite Huffstutter, passed away in Dyersburg, TN. Mary Lou’s Huffstutter’s husband, the late┬áRalph Huffstutter, began his extensive Huffstutter research in the 1960s and took me under his wing in 1980. I would like to think I am continuing his work. Also in early June, my children, Taylor Huffstutter and Torrey Huffstutter, flew to Memphis from Atlanta to join me for the journey to Sikeston, Missouri for the memorial service of George Huffstutter. There was a Friday night social where I met many Huffstutters for the first time. The next day was the memorial service for George at a the church where he preached in the small town of Morely, Missouri. (Interestingly there is a tree in the middle of the street in front of the church. However, it does have reflector). The service was conducted by George’s son, George Robert and grandsons Corbin and Cabot Huffstutter. Ashes were strewn at the Morley city cemetery memorial marker of George and Charlotte on the plot of George’s parents, Fulton and Annie Gamble Huffstutter. We then returned to the church for something Huffstutters excel at; eating and socializing. I will post photos of these Friday and Saturday events soon on Prism, our new photo gallery which is not quite finished (but we are close). Taylor, Torrey and I were able to visit with Hannah Huffstutter Smith in Memphis. Taylor, Hannah and Torrey are pictured above. Hannah is the last surviving child of the 8 children of Hardy Huffstutter and Willie Adaline Farrar Huffstutter. We had a great time with Hannah, who is very special to me. In other news, Connie and I have been working on some new avenues my DNA testing opened. We have good circumstantial evidence at the this point that will take our line back to the mid-1500s. The DNA research also yielded a Swiss relative (though we are not exactly how he is related). who is helping us with proper Swiss name pronunciation. Interestingly, there are some of the Swiss vowels which do not translate into English. I will post a pronunciation primer soon…but I still have to stop and think through our surname before saying it the proper Swiss way.- RFH

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