Doris Anne Huffman

June 9, 1944October 30, 2020
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Doris Anne Simmons Huffman, 76, of Conover, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, October 30, 2020 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Born June 9, 1944 in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Fred Simmons and Sarah Tutherow Simmons. A member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, she retired as a sewer in the furniture industry. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister Nancy Pope.

Doris is survived by her husband of 58 years, Charles Huffman; son, Dennis Huffman and wife Kristy; daughter, Janet Barger and friend, Stacey Bowman; sister, Carolyn Underwood and husband Ken; grandchildren, Ashleigh Barger, Jalyn Welch, Allison Barger and Emily Huffman; great-grandchildren, Carter Watson, Brayden McMurray, and Nova Messer; several nieces and nephews and a special sister-in-law, Shirley Hefner.

Doris was the foundation of the Huffman family and loved her family and friends very much. Doris had a heart of gold and would do anything that she could for anyone. She loved to spend time with her grandchildren as well as her 3 great-grandchildren. Doris was a breast Cancer survivor. She never let anything stop her from enjoying life. Doris will be greatly missed by her family and friends. The Lord has gained a beautiful angel.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 6, 2020 at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens with Rev. Mark Seaman officiating.

Memorials may be given to Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605 or Susan G. Komen, 13770 Noel Road, Suite 801889, Dallas, TX 75380.

Condolences may be sent to the Huffman family at The Huffman family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home in Hickory.



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Sharon Cline

November 5, 2020

I worked with Doris two different places over the years and she was the best person to work with.Everyone just loved her she was so sweet and had a wonderful attitude.I am so sorry for your loss and may God bless you all

teresa pope

November 4, 2020

I don't known what I am going to do without her my aunt ,friend inspiration my second mother God give me strength

Elaine Young

November 3, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Doris and I worked together for many years. Since our retirement we have shared our lives on Facebook. It was a big shock seeing her obituary on Facebook ,. Doris was a wonderful caring person and she will be greatly missed.

Beth Dellinger Pernell

November 1, 2020

Doris was such a wonderful lady. Janet and I became friends in 7th grade. I was blessed to have Doris as another mother after that time. I am thankful for all she did for me. Many prayers for the family .

Teirra Kiziah

October 31, 2020

This sweet lady was my cousin. I spent many Easter's and summer days at her mom and dad's house and played with my 2nd cousins including her children Janet and Dennis. My heart is broken for her family! Those are some of my fondest childhood memories! We ha reconnected in recent years on FB. I loved chatting with her about "the good ole days" and my dad..her uncle.
She will be missed. Rest in peace my sweet cousin tell everyone in heaven hello! I am sure I didn't say it enough but I love you dearly!



      In the song of life, Doris Anne Huffman was surely the composer. A very observant woman who would rather spend her time creating than talking, Doris preferred to live in a world of harmony where everything around her made sense. In fact, she depended on her sensory world to provide her with concrete data. A free spirit, Doris believed that actions definitely spoke for themselves. She seemed to know what fit and what didn’t fit in everything she did. Doris perceived that all of life’s possibilities were open to her, yet she lived with a definite sense of purpose. She was a woman who was always ready to share her creations with those around her.

       Her parents were Sarah and Fred Simmons. Doris was raised in NC. As a young child, Doris was optimistic in her outlook. She sought out the possibilities in a given situation and looked for ways to apply her creative energies. Doris rarely called attention to herself, but when she did speak out, her message was clearly understood by those around her.

      Early on in her family relationships, Doris showed that she was a tolerant and flexible person, and she got along fairly well with everyone. She was raised with two siblings. She had 2 sisters, Nancy Pope and Carolyn Underwood. She was a calm and playful child who was adaptable to any situation.

      Early on in her school years, Doris showed an interest in learning, especially when it came to subjects in the arts. At times, school learning did not provide Doris with sufficient challenges, but being an avid reader, she could often be “lost in a book” well above her grade level. Her passion for fine arts was so keen that fellow students and even her teachers recognized it. She graduated from Fred T. Foard High School in 1962. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

      Those who didn’t know Doris well might not view her as being an outgoing person, those who called her their friend knew differently. Doris was shy and sensitive, a person who never forced her opinions and values on others. Close friends knew that her kindness was unmatched, and once you became a friend of Doris’s, you understood how true a friend she could be. Later in life, she became friends with Diane Huffman and Denise Caldwell.

      A person who was sensitive to others’ feelings, modest and tolerant, Doris had the ability to become completely devoted to another when that affection was returned.

      Doris was exceptionally sympathetic and compassionate when it came to her children. These emotional bonds made her as much playmate as parent. She gave her family unconditional love and kindness, sharing her artistic nature by turning everyday events into creative play. Doris was blessed with two children, son, Dennis Huffman and daughter, Janet Barger. They were also blessed with four grandchildren, Ashleigh Barger, Jalyn Welch, Allison Barger and Emily Huffman.

      Doris found ways to enjoy what she did for a living. She worked hard and did her best to succeed every day. Her primary occupation was a sewer in a furniture manufacturing company. Doris tended to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done without imposing her will on others.

      Doris enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were Bible studies. Doris was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others. She was relaxed in her approach to her leisure time because she wanted to savor the present moment.

      Doris’s faith was important to her. She was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Hickory for over 50 years. During that time, she was a Sunday School Teacher. Doris's passionate commitment to upholding her values placed her at home in her religion, where she took comfort in the company of others who believed as she did.

      Because she loved the world around her, Doris enjoyed traveling and going away on vacations. It was an opportunity for her to kick back and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Doris put her personal trademark on any leisure planning that she undertook. Favorite vacations included taking cruises to the Bahamas and other ports.

      Doris passed away on October 30, 2020 at Catawba Memorial Hospital, Hickory, NC. from an intracranial hemorrhage. She is survived by her husband, Charles; son, Dennis; daughter, Janet; sister, Carolyn; grandchildren, Ashleigh, Jalyn, Allison and Emily; great-grandchildren, Carter, Brayden, and Nova; special sister-in-law, Shirley and several nieces and nephews. A graveside service was held at 11:00 a.m. on November 6, 2020 in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens with Rev. Mark Seaman officiating. Doris was laid to rest in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Hickory, NC.

      Doris was a good woman, a kind woman, and a practical woman who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being warm and deeply caring. She leaves behind her a treasury of life-long friendships and wonderful memories. Doris always had much to give and was able to make those connections in her life where her gifts were appreciated. Doris was a faithful, practical and loving person. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Doris Anne Huffman.

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