Ballard Arch Huddleston, 93, of Paris, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Paris Regional Medical Center. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Monday, July 22, 2019 at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Reverend Tiny Freelen officiating.
Private burial will be made in Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to service time.
Mr. Huddleston was born April 4, 1926, in Red River County to Arch Prentice Huddleston and Mary Swope Huddleston. His early education was interrupted by his need to serve his country proudly in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Following his service in the military, he returned to Paris allowing him to attend Paris Junior College and completing his education. He started his career with the City of Paris as a police officer in the mid-1950’s.
From this initial introduction into city employment, his career culminated in his retirement from the City of Paris as the Director of Public Works. His love of aviation was well known and he is noted as being the second person to receive a pilot’s license in Lamar County. He also loved radio-controlled model airplanes, camping and traveling.
His interest in treasure hunting led him to be a contributing writer in U.S. Treasure Hunter’s magazine.
Mr. Huddleston was also an active member in the Elks Lodge. His wife, Betty Joyce Huddleston, whom he married on October 15, 1947, preceded him in death in 1996. Also, preceding him in death was his parents; one brother, Leon Huddleston and two sisters, Verda Moore and Joanne Goolsby.
Survivors include his daughters, Beverly Walters & husband Steve of Bayfield, CO and Barbara Morgan & husband Richard of Paris; three grandsons, Jeff Sugg of Paris, Shane Bolton & wife Janna of Paris and Kenny Bolton & wife Jeri of Paris; eight great-grandchildren, Blake Sugg & wife Sydney, Matthew Sugg, Bailey Bolton, Brandon Bolton, Madisyn Bolton, Parker Bolton, Wyatt Harrison and Lucas Harrison; four great-great-grandchildren, Wyatt Sugg, Lainey Sugg, Mason Roberson, and Kolton Harrison and one sister, Ruth Sparks of Paris.
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