Kirksey Funeral Home

406 Lenoir Road, Morganton, NC


Myrtle Carpenter Huffman

March 13, 1927September 12, 2020

Myrtle “Bobbie” Carpenter Huffman passed peacefully on September 12, 2020 with her daughter and grand-daughter by her side. As was her practice, Bobbie fought to eke out every opportunity to experience life in her 93 years—and the dying process was no different.

Bobbie was the daughter of Everett and Addie Carpenter of Longview, NC where she lived until she married Houston Huffman and moved to Hildebran. Bobbie’s passion for being an active participant in democracy and her belief that we must all VOTE was almost as strong as her steadfast commitment to her three children, Van Huffman, of Hildebran, April Eckard, of Taylorsville, and Alisa Huffman, of Raleigh. She loved her grandchildren, Susan Painter, Tristan Bumgarner, and Houston Bumgarner, and her great-grand son, Edison as much as she was proud of them.

After receiving her business degree at Clevenger’s Business College, Bobbie worked with her husband to run a diner, she served as a District Court Magistrate in “lower” Burke County, and ended her professional life at High Rise, the youth institution in Morganton.

Bobbie was an influential community organizer and volunteer in Hildebran. She spent countless hours working at Friday night Bingo to raise money to build a community center and produce community activities such as the annual Fourth of July parade and related activities.

Bobbie was a woman of strong faith that guided her through difficult times. Her experiences taught her the importance of being present with others and loving them unconditionally. She often fought for the under-dog. Her ability to love and listen made her a favorite aunt to nieces and nephews too numerous to count. Bobbie was the lone survivor of her Carpenter and Huffman relatives and other friends of her generation whom she missed dearly in her later years. Stories of Bobbie’s zest for life will continue to be recounted again and again as we grieve the loss of a powerful and courageous woman and celebrate her exit from 2020 into a much more joyful place.

The family plans to invite others to celebrate Bobbie’s life once it is safe for everyone to gather in a public place. We wish to thank Bobbie’s primary physician, Jamie Young, MD for her 15 years of dedication in partnering with Bobbie to experience the best health possible, and Alexander County Hospice for their excellent care and devotion over the past five months. If you wish to make a donation in Bobbie’s name, she will be tickled with any act of kindness in her name.

Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton has the honor of serving the family.


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Jimmy Huffman

September 14, 2020

She was a very sweet lady. I am very sorry for your loss and I’m praying for your family.

Tim Huffman

September 14, 2020

Whenever we traveled East we always stopped by the house and were received like royalty by Bobbie who fed us and regaled us with stories and jests. She was always the absolute soul of humor and fire and caring and I can see how she will fit well within the ranks of angels and saints.

Judy Ingold

September 14, 2020

To April, Van, Alisa, I am holding you close to my heart. Bobbie loved everyone and I don’t believe I ever heard an unkind word uttered from her. Bobbie was very smart, people smart, a voracious reader. I could never figure out how she read so many books. She always wanted me to see the new pictures of her grandkids on her refrigerator. I can tell you she cherished each of you. She was so intuitive, like she had a sixth sense. I never really could explain it. She was a cherished and dear friend.

Kimberly Robbins

September 14, 2020

Great "Aunt Bobbie" (as I called her) recently sent me a gift that I will cherish, but more so will I cherish the times we spent together for awhile...weekly. From stories she shared of her childhood that included her siblings as well as my grandfather...like taking his car out for a drive...vowing her mother would not tell, he found out because she left the brake on! And young love of her husband, to stories of her 'Magistrate' work which included wedding young couples. As well as her young 'mothering' days and the love and work intails in raising children that she loved with her whole heart to her stories of her vehicle being stuck on train tracks, twice, and protecting her young!
Her love didn't stop there, as she would often brag while showing me the latest flowers sent and other gifts as well as photos of her grandchildren and her great grandson and catch me up on their latest adventures!
More love spread through the latest news, letters and cards she shared with me of her nieces and nephews, of whom she adored!
During these times we shared stories, laughs and many tears too...they brought to me 'Aunt Bobbie's' wisdom, her beauty, respect for others, her kindness and love...something that will stay with me forever!
Alisa, April, Van and family,
Thank you for sharing your beautiful mother with us all! My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Rick (Ricky) Parkhurst

September 14, 2020

There are really too many memories to share. From childhood through youth and adolescence, and into adulthood; and church, community, and everything to do with running in and out of her house. To Van, April and Alisa all my love and prayers are lifted up for you. I will miss visiting with your mom during my trips home...she treated me like one of her own. ♥️✝️


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