Kermit Lee Huddleston

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Kermit Lee Huddleston went by several titles in his life. Family members and close friends called him "Kermit" a few called him "Coach" and most called him "Mr. Huddleston." However his favorite title was simply "Granddaddy." He was born November 25, 1932 in Randolph County, Alabama and died September 1, 2014 in Carrollton, Georgia. His parents were John and Josie Huddleston. He attended elementary school and junior high at Bethel School. He graduated from Woodland High School in 1951. He later married his high school sweetheart, Willene Mitchell. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1953-1955. He was stationed at Camp Rucker, Alabama and Fort Benning, Georgia. He attained the rank of Corporal by the date of his discharge in 1955. After the war he attended college at Jacksonville State University, graduating in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. His first job after graduating was at Ragland High School in St. Clair County. He served as coach of the athletic teams as well as teaching math and physical education. In 1964, Kermit was named principal of Ranburne High School in Cleburne County, Alabama. This position actually encompassed three schools elementary, junior high, and high school. While at Ranburne, Kermit obtained a Master of Science in School Administration from Jacksonville State University. Kermit retired from Ranburne High School in 1987 after 24 years. He took great pride in the school and its students. He was once quoted in the Anniston Star as saying "I've always thought that the Ranburne kids were the greatest in the world." After a few years of retirement, Kermit was elected Superintendent of Education for Cleburne County, holding office from 1988-1993. After resuming his retirement, he kept busy with cattle farming, gardening, substitute teaching, and babysitting his eight grandchildren. Kermit was preceded in death by his parents, John and Josie Huddleston; his sister, Hazel Morgan. He is survived by his wife, Willene Huddleston; two sons, Darryl Huddleston (Dee), of Shalimar, Florida, and Steven Huddleston (Mary), of Huntsville, Ala.; one daughter, Tamra Stephens (Ferris), of Birmingham, Ala.; eight grandchildren, Kim Huddleston, Andrew Huddleston, Claire Stephens, William Stephens, Amara Stephens, Damien Stephens, Laura Huddleston, and Anna Huddleston. He is also survived by a sister, Margie Beall, of Woodland, Ala.; brother, Mack Huddleston, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Serving as pallbearers will be Randy Morgan, Harlan Robinson, Tim Smith, Bart Young, Chad Young, Tim Ward and Jay White. Funeral service will be held today September 3, at 2 p.m. at Dryden Funeral Home Chapel in Heflin, Alabama. Burial will follow at Cleburne Memorial Gardens in Ranburne, Alabama. Dryden Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Dryden Funeral Home 256-463-2287 Visit our website: drydenfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Anniston Star on Sept. 3, 2014
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