Vernon Carl Huff Jr.

February 10, 1934October 29, 2012
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Vernon Carl Huff, Jr. 1934 - 2012

Vernon Carl Huff, Jr., 79, transcended this world to be with his Lord in Heaven on October 29, 2012, surrounded by his loving family in Tallahassee, Florida.

Carl was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, Tallahassee, Florida, and previously a longtime deacon at Parkway Baptist Church. He also served as Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church, Leesburg, Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 1978 with a Master's Degree in Public Administration and was an Adjunct Professor of Gerontology. While attending the University of Florida, he was initiated into the Alpha Tau Omega National Fraternity and was a member of the University's Student Executive Council. A Florida native, raised in central Florida, a Registered Land Surveyor No. 1893, he retired in 1991 from the Florida Department of Transportation after 33 years of service. During his career he worked on the construction of Alligator Alley, Airport Expressway, and Palmetto Bypass in Miami, served as Chief-of-Survey Parties in Palm Beach County, and District Traffic Engineer in Deland. After moving to Tallahassee he served as Supervisor of Urban Transportation Studies; Legislative Liaison; Staff Director for High Speed Rail Committee; Executive Director Florida Transportation Disadvantaged Commission; Coordinator Florida Keys Bridges Restoration Study; Staff Administrator Florida Transportation Commission; member of the National Transportation Needs Study Taskforce and member of the U.S. National Transportation Research Board. Carl's final work assignment was Executive Assistant to the State of Florida Secretary of Transportation in Tallahassee.

Carl was a member of the Florida National Guard, "lettered" in three sports at Leesburg High School (football, basketball and track), was a Boy Scout, Civil Air Patrol cadet, spear fisherman, and water skier. He was a frequent golfer at Hilaman Park Golf Course, and for several seasons he played AAU basketball for the Kane Patch Bar.

The family will receive friends on Friday, November 2, 2012, at 12:00 Noon at Culley's MeadowWood Chapel on Timberlane Road. Funeral services will follow at 1:00 PM at the same location.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Immanuel Baptist Church, 2351 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32308.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Delma "Tim" and Vernon Huff, Sr.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 56 years, Marilyn; son, Vernon Carl Huff III, Orlando, Florida; daughter, Janet Carleen Blaum (Bill), Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania; daughter, Leigh Ann Harris (Ray) Birmingham, Alabama; a loving sister, Rosemary White, Tallahassee, Florida; step brother, Frank Saggus, Orlando, Florida; and grandchildren, Tyler, Savannah and Eva Blaum and Georgia Rae, Caleb and Cooper Harris.

Arrangements are under the direction of Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home in Tallahassee, Florida.


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Judy Webb

November 2, 2012

I transferred from the Department of Transportation offices in Gainesville to Tallahassee in 1984.

When I think of Carl, the first thing that comes to mind is his size. He was a big man who, as one person said, "...could walk the walk and talk the talk...".

And in total contrast, he was a gentle man. The best way I could describe him was that he was the epitome of a true southern gentleman.

I can actually visualize him turning the corner coming in to the Executive Suite, and when he caught your eye, there was always a smile on his face.

My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Your loved one was an actual presence and positive influence in and on the lives of many.

Rest in peace, Carl, rest in peace.

My prayers go out to his family. RIP Carl, rest in peace.

Kristin Jungbluth

November 2, 2012

Dear Huff, Blaum and Harris Families,

We are thinking of your today and send our condolences for the loss of your Pappy. He was a wonderful man and we wish we could have seen him a few more times in PA for some lively debate and laughs :) Sending you one of my favorite poems that I like to reflect on during times like this. Bless you all and may peace find your hearts today and always.

The Jungbluth Family

Safely Home
by Unknown

I am home in Heaven, dear ones;
Oh, so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.

All the pain and grief is over,
Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever,
Safely home in Heaven at last.

Did you wonder I so calmly
Trod the valley of the shade?
Oh! but Jesus' arm to lean on,
Could I have one doubt or dread?

Then you must not grieve so sorely,
For I love you dearly still;
Try to look beyond earth's shadows,
Pray to trust our Father's Will.

There is work still waiting for you,
So you must not idly stand;
Do it now, while life remaineth--
You shall rest in Jesus' land.

When that work is all completed,
He will gently call you Home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
Oh, the joy to see you come!

Tara Morgan-Alford

November 2, 2012

The name Carl Huff and Gentleman went hand in hand. He was the kindest man I ever worked with. He never failed to speak, regardless of where he was or what he was doing. He was a man among men. My heart and prayers go out to you, his family...He will truly be missed. Sincerely, Tara Morgan-Alford

November 2, 2012

I had the previlege of working with Mr. Huff as Support Manager of the Burns Building. He was a wonderful man. May all the memories sustain you during your time of mourning.....

Sandra Holland Barrett

November 1, 2012

I worked with Carl Huff at FDOT in Tallahassee....he was one of the nicest people i had ever had the pleasure of knowing...may God bless his family in this time of sorrow and loss but rejoice that he is home now with his Father, and Savior, Jesus..

Carl Huff III

November 1, 2012

Thanks so much for all the warm thoughts and prayers. It makes me proud as a son to know how much people loved him.

November 1, 2012

Carl was a mentor and friend of mine. He taught me so much when we worked together on the TD program as it became a law. The program today is a national model because it was people like Carl Hiuff who believed in coordinated transportation and helping people obtain mobilkity. May he rest in peach. Jo Ann Hutchinson and Family

Jo Ann Wegner

November 1, 2012

My Uncle Carl was such a wonderful, kind man and I loved him so much. I remember when I was little he would carry me around on his shoulders. I was so tall I thought I could touch the sky! When I was six, he took me out into the woods in Bushnell and taught me how to shoot a gun. He would sit on the ground with me in his lap and hold the gun while I pulled the trigger to shoot cans off of a log. He was loved by so many people and we will miss him terribly. We love you, Uncle Carl!

Jo Ann, Dick and family

Jim Ely

November 1, 2012

The first time I met Carl was in 1974 when I joined the FDOT. We worked together on several projects at the Department. He was 15 years older than I and greatly helped me move up in the FDOT. In 1989 when I was the Inspector General, the Secretary offered me the position of Executive Director of the Turnpike. I wasn't sure if I should take the position so I spent a long time discussing it with Carl. He advised me to accept the offer and I retired two years ago. Carl was the most thoughtful, compassionate, smart and good hearted person I knew at the FDOT. He touched the lives of so many. It was my honor to have known him.

October 31, 2012

Marilyn Rosemary and families

my heart and prayers are with you Love Frank